Shark Bites

Falcons QB Matt Ryan (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He's fully expected back for this weekend's game against the Saints, but we'll continue to monitor his status over the next few days.

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley exited for a concussion check in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. We'll update his status when we know more.

Update: Ridley returned later in the 4th quarter.

10:10pm EDT 10/26/19

The Falcons have downgraded QB Matt Ryan to out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. That means Matt Schaub will start for Atlanta, raising the fantasy ceiling for the Seattle defense.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Seahawks. He returned to practice on Friday, and HC Dan Quinn said they'll see how the ankle responds and make a decision on Ryan's status Saturday. Check back then for another update. QB Matt Schaub will draw the start if Ryan is out.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan (ankle) missed practice again on Thursday. He's looking unlikely to play against the Seahawks this weekend, but check back tomorrow for another update on his status.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan (ankle) won't practice on Wednesday, HC Dan Quinn said. Ryan could probably play against the Seahawks this weekend without practicing, but we're still guessing that he'll sit that one out with Atlanta's looming Week 9 bye. We'll get another update on Ryan tomorrow.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Monday that RB Ito Smith has been diagnosed with a concussion and won't play against the Seahawks this weekend. We'll see if he can get cleared after Atlanta's Week 9 bye. Brian Hill will step in as the #2 back on Sunday, but RB Devonta Freeman should dominate backfield work.

6:10pm EDT 10/20/19

Falcons RB Ito Smith was knocked out in the 1st half of today’s game against the Rams with what ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reports is a stinger. “Should be good,” McClure adds. We’ll keep an eye on Smith coming week.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan is scheduled for an MRI on his injured right ankle, but the team does not believe the injury is serious, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. It's worth noting that Atlanta has a Week 9 bye and might not want to rush Ryan back with their season circling the drain. We should get another update on his status tomorrow.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan suffered what appeared to be a right knee injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams. He limped back to the locker room with trainers and won't return with Atlanta trailing by 24. We'll look for an update on the injury. QB Matt Schaub is the Falcons' backup.

Update: Ryan has an ankle injury, according to the team's official statement.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman was ejected in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams after getting into a scuffle with DL Aaron Donald. Atlanta lost RB Ito Smith to a likely concussion earlier in this game, leaving them with RBs Brian Hill and Kenjon Barner.

Falcons RB Ito Smith left in the 1st half of Sunday's game to get checked for a concussion after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit. Smith sustained a concussion back in Week 3. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Falcons DB Damontae Kazee is active for today's game against the Texans. He was questionable because of an illness that kept him out of Thursday and Friday practices. Kazee has been Atlanta's primary slot corner, a role that should find more action against Houston and WR Keke Coutee than it did against Tennessee's run-heavy offense last week. Kazee has some deep IDP interest.

The Falcons on Monday traded LB Duke Riley and a 6th-round pick to the Eagles for S Johnathan Cyprien and a 7th-rounder. The move looks like an attempt by Atlanta to get a replacement for SS Keanu Neal, who suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Week 3. Kemal Ishmael started in his place against the Titans. We'll see if Ishmael's still in the lineup for Week 5. Riley, meanwhile, joins a crowd at LB for the Eagles. He'll have some climbing to do before he's relevant.

Falcons RB Ito Smith has cleared the concussion protocol and isn’t listed on the final Week 4 injury report. He’ll return to his #2 RB role behind Devonta Freeman. Smith isn’t a real fantasy option but does downgrade Freeman to lower-end RB2 status vs. the Titans.

The Falcons believe S Keanu Neal tore his left Achilles' tendon in Sunday's loss to the Colts. Kemal Ishmael filled in for Neal on Sunday and finished with 6 tackles. He'll be worth a look in plenty of IDP leagues this week.

Falcons RB Ito Smith exited in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Colts for a concussion check. We'll update his status when we learn more. Smith's absence leaves Devonta Freeman as Atlanta's feature back.

Update: Smith has been ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Falcons and WR Julio Jones are "finalizing" a multi-year contract extension that will make him the league's highest-paid receiver. Pelissero reports that the deal should get done today. Jones had intimated he might not play Sunday without a new contract. This news means you can put the star wideout in your fantasy lineups with confidence.

Falcons WR Julio Jones isn't listed on the final Week 1 injury report. He was limited on Thursday for what the team deemed "rest" but later suggested that he might sit out this weekend's opener if his new contract isn't done. The situation is worth monitoring leading up to Sunday's game against the Vikings. But for now, Jones should be penciled into fantasy lineups.

Falcons WR Julio Jones told reporters Thursday that he "doesn't know" if he'll play against the Vikings on Sunday. His press conference was convoluted and cryptic. Jones seemed to suggest he might sit out if his new contract isn't signed by the weekend and added that he was sore from practicing on the turf on Wednesday. "What I’m doing is getting me ready to go," Jones said. "Whatever [Dan Quinn] makes or whoever — the organization or myself — makes the decision when it’s time, we make that decision. It’s not like, 'If he’ll play, if he’s not going to play.' We’re doing everything we planned." This has obviously become a situation to track closely. We'll update Jones' status as we know more.

 
 
 

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