By Matthew Asher
At the midway point of the season with only a 2-6 record, Atlanta is looking for any kind of break to go their way. They may have just gotten it regarding this week’s injury report, where the Seattle Seahawks have more starters listed (six) than the entire list of the Atlanta Falcons.
For Atlanta, only five players are listed on the injury report. The one downside to such a small number is three of them are starters. Defensive tackle Corey Peters (knee) is the only Falcon who was unable to participate in practice either Wednesday or Thursday. Every other Falcon on the list was limited both Wednesday and Thursday. Peters was able to practice in a limited amount on Friday and is one of four Falcons listed as questionable.
The other two starting Falcons are both on offense: left tackle Sam Baker (knee) and wide receiver Roddy White (hamstring/ankle) although with Roddy being injured the majority of the season, this listing comes as no surprise. Both men were limited in practice all three days and are both listed as questionable as well.
Should Peters or Baker be unable to play on Sunday, their replacements will likely be Travian Robertson and Ryan Schraeder, respectively. If White does not play, expect Kevin Cone and Drew Davis to be the primary players filling in for him.
As for the backups, it looks like Atlanta got lucky with only two listed this week. Outside linebacker Stephen Nicholas (thigh) and defensive tackle Peria Jerry (toe) are the only backups this week. Nicholas was limited in practice for the entire week and is the final Falcons listed as questionable. The one potential issue is that Jerry is listed as Peters’ backup, so if both men are unable to play, that’s why Robertson would be filling in. Fortunately, Jerry was able to fully participate in practice on Friday and is the only Falcon this week to be listed as probable for the game.
It’s been a rough first half of the season for the Falcons. With the team looking for anything that might represent a signature win of the season or simply something to look back on this year that proves this campaign wasn’t a total failure, a win against the team with the NFC’s best record is a good way to start. And with the way Seattle has been playing lately, this is a task that is conceivable. It won’t be easy, but it’s not impossible.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm EST.
- Probable: a 75% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
- Questionable: a 50% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
- Doubtful: a 25% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
- Out: there is no chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
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Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.