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Falcons S Erik Harris left Sunday's win over the Dolphins with a shoulder injury. We'll see about the severity of that injury. Rookie S Richie Grant wound up playing 79% of the snaps, even with Harris in for 68%. That indicates a role for Grant even if Harris returns. The 2nd-round pick played 50% of snaps in Week 5, before the bye, despite Harris missing that game entirely. So his presence appears to be growing. Expect Grant to start opposite Duron Harmon if Harris misses further time.

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The Falcons on Friday placed DE Dante Fowler on IR with a knee injury he suffered back in Week 5 against the Jets. It's not immediately clear how long Atlanta expects him to be out.

Falcons S Erik Harris is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jets with the calf injury that knocked him out of last week's contest early. Jaylinn Hawkins figures to get the start in his spot. The 2nd-year safety has yet to play more than 33% of the snaps in a game this season, so it's tough to know what to expect from him statistically. You can probably find a better option in your IDP league.

Falcons S Erik Harris left Sunday's loss to Washington with a calf injury. CB Isaiah Oliver left with a knee injury. We'll see whether either can make it back in time for next Sunday's game against the Jets in London. The travel schedule for that game could complicate the return path.

The Falcons have officially ruled lead CB A.J. Terrell out for Week 3 with his concussion.

Falcons CB A.J. Terrell left Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers in the 2nd half with a concussion. That will likely keep him out for at least Week 3, but we'll see how quickly he can pass through the league protocol. T.J. Green looks like the next man up in Atlanta's CB group for Sunday's meeting with the Giants.

The Falcons activated EDGE Dante Fowler from the COVID list Monday. He had been out since July 29. Fowler now has some catching up to do in what needs to be a bounce-back season for him. Fowler managed just 3 sacks and 8 QB hits over 14 games after signing a multi-year deal with Atlanta in free agency in 2020.

The Falcons on Thursday placed DE Dante Fowler on the COVID list. His time spent there will depend on the specifics of his situation. We'll see how that progresses, but Fowler doesn't look like a big factor for IDP drafts even at full health.

After trading down in Round 2, the Falcons selected S Richie Grant from Central Florida. Grant racked up 10 INTs and 258 total tackles over the past 3 seasons. In Atlanta, he should be in line for starting duty right away in a defense that shed safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen from last year's defense.

The Falcons have hired Arthur Smith as HC. Smith spent the past 2 seasons as OC in Tennessee, leading the Titans to top 12 finishes in points and yards both years. He leaned heavily on RB Derrick Henry but also helped QB Ryan Tannehill to his 2 best seasons as a pro. Tannehill notably ranked 9th and 1st, respectively, in percentage of passes to come off play-action the past 2 years. Consider the hire good news for QB Matt Ryan and the Falcons passing game.

Falcons DE Dante Fowler (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Raiders. Fowler hasn't played since Week 8, which makes an already low-floor option even riskier.

The Falcons have ruled starting DEs Dante Fowler and Takk McKinley out for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Losing both DEs would be a big deal for most defenses, but McKinley has only played in 4 games so far, and Fowler has offered disappointing production most of the year. So it doesn't change the outlook for a team defense in an upside matchup. Allen Bailey and Steven Means look like the fill-in starters.

After losing to the Panthers on Sunday to drop to 0-5, the Falcons fired HC Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff. The team did not immediately announce the interim HC. OC Dirk Koetter and DC Raheem Morris each bring head-coaching experience. Each had a stint as Buccaneers HC. We don't expect the moves to impact the fantasy outlook for QB Matt Ryan and Atlanta's other offensive players. We'll see whether the Falcons start winning any more games and changing game scripts.

Falcons S Damontae Kazee left in the 2nd quarter of Monday night's game at Green Bay after injuring his left Achilles' tendon. He was quickly ruled out for the game after leaving on a cart. This looks like a season-ender. We'll watch for confirmation. Kazee's injury left Atlanta without its top 3 safeties against the Packers. Keanu Neal (hamstring) and Ricardo Allen (elbow) were inactive for the game.

The Falcons surprisingly left LB Foye Oluokun off the final injury report for Monday night's game against the Packers. Oluokun managed only limited practices all week coming off a hamstring injury that knocked him out of the Week 2 loss at Dallas and kept him out for Week 3. It looks like Atlanta expects Oluokun to return to the starting lineup -- in place of Mykal Walker -- at Green Bay. We've added him to the Week 4 LB rankings.

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