Shark Bites

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (ankle/foot) is considered "day to day" after his MRI on Friday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Ridley's "got a chance" to play against the Broncos next weekend, Rapoport adds. We'll keep an eye on his progress when Atlanta gets back to work.

Falcons interim HC Raheem Morris indicated after Thursday night's win that WR Calvin Ridley's ankle injury isn't major. X-rays on the ankle came back clean, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, but Ridley is scheduled for additional testing today. We'll update his status when we know more.

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley injured his left ankle in the 1st half of Thursday night's game against the Panthers. He was ruled out at halftime. We'll look for an update on the situation. Ridley at least has 10 days to heal up for Week 9's game vs. the Broncos. Note, though, that Atlanta has a Week 10 bye.

The forecast for tonight's Falcons-Panthers game calls for a 40% chance of rain with winds of 10-20 mph and gusts up to 25 mph. That's not quite enough wind for us to adjust our projections for this game. But you might use the weather as a tie-breaker if deciding between 2 similarly ranked players.

Falcons WR Russell Gage suffered a knee injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Lions and is officially questionable to return. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: Gage returned for the 2nd half.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is not listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He only got in a limited practice on Friday but is evidently ready to return for this weekend’s game vs. Minnesota. Jones carries elevated risk until we see him make it through a game healthy — but he also boasts WR1 upside in what should be a shootout against a beatable Vikings secondary. Jones' return is also good news for QB Matt Ryan, who's struggled the past 3 weeks.

The Falcons have been cleared to re-open their facility after no positive COVID results from Thursday's round of testing, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. The Atlanta-Minnesota game remains on for Sunday as of now. We'll let you know if that changes.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday. It's an estimation since Atlanta didn't actually practice after a positive COVID test from a coach. We'll see if Jones can get on the practice field tomorrow, but he's looking unlikely to play against the Vikings this weekend.

The Falcons are shutting down their facility after getting back 4 positive COVID tests on Thursday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Atlanta's game against the Vikings this weekend is now in question. Stay tuned.

Update: A source tells Schefter that the Falcons had just 1 positive test, and it wasn't a player. That has us a bit more optimistic that this game will happen this week.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) remained sidelined on Wednesday. At this point, fantasy owners shouldn't be banking on him in Week 6 fantasy lineups. We'll see if his outlook improves over the next few days.

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.

11:10am EDT 10/11/20

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Panthers. Olamide Zaccheaus will step into Jones’ spot and is in play for DFS and deep PPR leagues.

The Falcons won't make a final decision on WR Julio Jones' status for today's game against the Panthers until pregame warmups, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jones aggravated his hamstring injury this past Monday night and didn't practice all week. We'd be surprised if he plays but will find out for sure around 11:30 am ET. Even if he's active, Jones would be a high-risk fantasy play.

The Falcons list WR Julio Jones (hamstring) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers. He didn't practice all week after aggravating that hamstring injury on Monday night, so fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him in Week 5 lineups. We'll get Julio's official status by noon ET on Sunday. WR Olamide Zaccheaus will move into the starting lineup if Jones sits.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) will do "off the field, individual stuff" on Thursday, HC Dan Quinn said. It's a step in the right direction and theoretically gives Jones a shot to play against the Panthers this weekend. We'll get another update on his status on Friday.

Falcons K Younghoe Koo (groin) put in a full practice on Wednesday, putting him on track to return for this weekend's game vs. the Panthers. Koo is a solid fantasy play, with Atlanta sporting the 8th-highest implied total on the week at 28.25 points.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. We'd have been surprised if he did just a couple of days after aggravating his hamstring issue. But fantasy owners shouldn't bank on having him in Week 5 lineups.

The Falcons have ruled WR Julio Jones out for the rest of the Monday night game at Green Bay with his hamstring injury. That's the same issue that rendered Jones questionable heading into the game. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Jones aggravated the issue when he was "dragged down awkwardly" on a 1st-half play. Jones re-entered the game then but stayed in the locker room when the Falcons came out from halftime. Olamide Zaccheaus was the next WR up. We'll see about Jones' status heading into Week 5, but it doesn't look promising. The initial injury dates back to before the season.

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.

Falcons WRs Julio Jones (hamstring) and Calvin Ridley (ankle, calf) are active for tonight's game against the Packers. Get 'em in fantasy lineups if you were waiting on 'em.


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