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Falcons WR Julio Jones suffered a shoulder injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Bucs and is officially questionable to return. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: Jones returned later in the 3rd quarter.

Falcons DE Takk McKinley (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Buccaneers. It's an upside sack matchup, but McKinley has just 1.5 sacks for the season and made it through just 35% of the snaps last week. He's not worth the gamble for most IDP owners.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) isn't listed on the final Week 12 injury report. He sat out on Wednesday but put in full practices on Thursday and Friday. Jones is in a blowup spot at home for the Bucs this weekend.

Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bucs. Jaeden Graham operated as Atlanta's lead TE last week but saw just 2 targets. He's not a viable fantasy option.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. Brian Hill played 60% of the offensive snaps and handled 15 carries and 3 targets with Freeman out last week. Expect a similar role for Hill on Sunday — although this is a brutal matchup vs. the #3 ranked RB defense.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) returned to a full practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. He's good to go for this weekend's dream spot at home for the Bucs.

Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) remained sidelined on Wednesday. He's unlikely to play against the Bucs this weekend. Jaeden Graham served as Atlanta's lead pass-catching TE last week but isn't a viable fantasy option.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him to play against the Bucs this weekend. That'd mean another game as lead back for Brian Hill.

Falcons WR Julio Jones missed Wednesday's practice with a foot issue. ESPN's Vaughn McClure observed Jones walking around practice with a "noticeable limp," so this looks like a legit injury. We'll see if he's able to get back on the field tomorrow.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) is out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. That leaves the starting job to Brian Hill, who handled all 18 RB opportunities (16 carries, 2 targets) after Freeman exited last week. Hill is a solid RB2 vs. Carolina's 29th-ranked RB defense.

Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. He's likely looking at a multi-game absence with his sprained MCL. Atlanta will use some combination of Luke Stocker and Jaeden Graham to replace Hooper, but neither guy is a fantasy option. Hooper's absence just means more targets for WRs Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage.

Falcons TE Austin Hooper is expected to miss "about a month" with his sprained MCL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That timeline would have him back around Week 15. It's tough break for fantasy's current #1 TE across scoring systems. We'd try to hang on to Hooper, who should be back to TE1 status for the final few weeks of the season.

Update: HC Dan Quinn denied the report, saying it "didn't come from our building," according to Kelsey Conway of the team website. Don't drop Hooper on the Rapoport report. We'll see whether the team does tell us any more.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Falcons RB Devonta Freeman "could be out about two weeks" after suffering a foot sprain in Sunday's win. The injury reportedly affects Freeman's big toe more than the foot. Brian Hill looks like Atlanta's lead back while Freeman is out, with rookie Qadree Ollison likely factoring in as well. Atlanta gets a run-friendly matchup in Carolina for Week 11.

A Monday MRI confirmed that Falcons TE Austin Hooper suffered an MCL sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hooper is seeking a 2nd opinion to determine how long the injury will keep him out. You should make sure to grab insurance for your fantasy football lineup this week.

Falcons TE Austin Hooper injured his left knee in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Saints and didn't return. Former head team Dr. David Chao believes Hooper has a sprained MCL. We should get an official diagnosis tomorrow.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman suffered a foot injury in Sunday's game against the Saints and is officially questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one. RB Ito Smith (neck) was placed on IR on Saturday, leaving RB Brian Hill as Atlanta's lead back.

Falcons lead CB Desmond Trufant is inactive for today's game against the Saints. It'll be his 4th straight game down with a hamstring injury. Trufant doesn't matter for IDP owners, but his injury only enhances for WR Michael Thomas a matchup that was already terrific.

Falcons RB Ito Smith (neck) is out for Sunday's game against the Saints. Brian Hill will step in as Atlanta's #2 RB, but Smith's absence is an upgrade for Devonta Freeman. In 2 full games without Smith this season, Freeman has averaged 14.5 carries and 6 targets. Those marks drop to 12.2 carries and 5 targets with Smith.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan (ankle) practiced all week and will play against the Saints on Sunday. New Orleans has tightened up against the pass lately, allowing just 5.8 yards per attempt and 4 total passing scores over the last 4 games. But Ryan remains in the lower-end QB1 mix in a game that should find him playing catch-up and chucking it plenty.

Falcons RB Ito Smith (neck) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. That doesn't bode well for his chances of playing against the Saints this weekend. Smith's absence would be a boost to RB Devonta Freeman's fantasy stock.

 
 
 

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