Atlanta Falcons Injury Updates

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 MLB Deion Jones put in a full practice Friday and didn't even appear on the final injury report for the week. HC Dan Quinn has praised Jones' work in practice the past couple of weeks, and the team website reported Friday that Jones isn't expected to see his snaps limited. There's still some risk in Jones' 1st game back, but Atlanta brought him back patiently from the Week 1 foot injury. And there's more than enough upside to make Jones worth a shot in IDP lineups. We've added Jones to the top 12 of the Week 13 LB rankings.

The Falcons on Monday activated MLB Deion Jones from IR. He had been out since suffering a foot injury in Week 1 that required surgery. HC Dan Quinn told the Atlanta Journal Constitution he doesn't yet know if Jones will be ready to play Dallas this Sunday. “We’ll have the same format that we had last week,” Quinn said. “We’ll take it step by step and see where he’s at. It’s too early to make a prediction of where he could be. He’s eligible to be back this week, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready. We will put him out there when he’s 100 percent.” Until then, Foye Oluokun is the main guy in the middle. IDP owners should go ahead and add Jones now where available, though. He'll undoubtedly take the MLB job back over when he's ready and is a top-5 fantasy LB when healthy.

The Falcons have ruled DE Takk McKinley out for Sunday's game against the Saints because of a groin injury. We'll see about his status for Week 4. McKinley didn't make for a strong IDP option in this matchup anyway.

Falcons DE Takk McKinley suffered a groin injury in Sunday's win over the Panthers. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, McKinley is considered "day-to-day" and looks questionable for Week 3. But the injury is not expected to impact him long term. The 2017 first-round pick has delivered a sack in each game so far.

The Falcons on Tuesday placed MLB Deion Jones on IR with a foot injury. The specific injury is not yet clear, but HC Dan Quinn said Jones will "require a procedure." Quinn added that they "do expect to get him back at some point this season." Short-term IR, though, means Jones will miss at least 8 games. That makes him not worth keeping in just about any redraft IDP league. Atlanta signed former Eagles LB Corey Nelson this week for depth, but he obviously doesn't come close to Jones' skill set. We'll see about the Falcons' specific replacement plan. LB De'Vondre Campbell and S Damontae Kazee gain tackle upside in Jones' absence. Kazee is taking over for Keanu Neal, who suffered an ACL tear in the loss to Philadelphia.


Falcons S Keanu Neal left Thursday night's loss to the Eagles in the 3rd quarter with a knee injury. HC Dan Quinn said after the game, though, that the issue doesn't appear to be serious, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. Neal will have 10 days to get ready for Week 2. We'll keep an eye on his status when Week 2 practices begin.

Falcons OLB Vic Beasley suffered a "slight tear" in his right hamstring in Sunday night's win over the Packers, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. The injury is expected to cost him at least a month. That removes the top pass rusher from a defense that already delivers inconsistent pocket pressure. Fortunately for fantasy owners, neither Beasley nor the Atlanta defense generally make for terrific starting options.

The Falcons traded up from 31st overall to 26th to draft edge rusher Takkarist McKinley. We'll see whether the Atlanta scheme sets him up at DE or OLB. McKinley overcame injuries to rack up 10 sacks and 18 total tackles for loss in his final season at UCLA. He should pair with Vic Beasley to beef up the Falcons pass rush in a defense with plenty of fantasy football upside.

Falcons LB De'Vondre Campbell (ankle) put in a full practice Friday after limited workouts the previous 2 days. He has been out since suffering his injury in practice heading into Week 2 but could be busy in coverage against TE Jimmy Graham -- among other things -- Sunday in Seattle. Atlanta also expects to have LB Deion Jones (ankle) available after he missed last week's game. Jones put in limited practices all week. The team website reports that both will be a "full go" against the Seahawks.

Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon ruptured his right Achilles' tendon in Sunday's win over the Panthers, ESPN.com reports. Weatherspoon had been playing some of his best football and delivering strong tackle numbers for IDP owners after stepping in for injured rookie De'Vondre Campbell in Week 2. This injury will end his season, though, and comes just 2 seasons after Weatherspoon ruptured his left Achilles' tendon. The 28-year-old is playing on a 1-year contract, so we'll see where his career goes after this. He's safe to drop in all IDP formats, however -- including dynasty. Campbell should now find a clear path back to his starting job with his injured ankle is ready for action.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Tuesday that he expects to have S Keanu Neal return to the field Thursday for the team's 1st full practice of the week. Neal has been out since an August knee scope to fix a preseason injury. We'll see whether he's ready to play Monday night. IDP owners shouldn't plan to use the rookie this week, especially given the Monday night kickoff. But Neal's return will also boot Kemal Ishmael -- who delivered 15 total tackles at Oakland in Week 2 -- back to a reserve role.

The Falcons have ruled rookie LB De'Vondre Campbell out for Sunday's game at Oakland because of an ankle injury he suffered in practice Thursday. That will leave Sean Weatherspoon starting in place of the guy who led all Falcons LBs in snaps played last week. Weatherspoon carries some low-end IDP appeal. Campbell's absence also might help Raiders TE Clive Walford a bit. Atlanta views Campbell as key to their TE coverage.

Falcons S Dashon Goldson is active for today’s game against the Bucs after entering the weekend questionable with a hamstring injury. The situation still makes him a risky start. We’d opt for a sturdier option if you can get one. Check our DB rankings for options.

Falcons S Keanu Neal will need "minor" knee surgery after suffering an injury in Thursday night's game against the Dolphins, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He's expected to miss 3-4 weeks, which would likely cost the rookie the 1st couple of regular-season games. That obviously impacts his outlook for IDP drafts. The Atlanta team D doesn't look attractive anyway.

The Falcons on Monday released S William Moore and OLB Justin Durant. Moore will turn 31 in May and lost a combined 14 games to injuries over the past 2 seasons. He has played more than 12 games in just 2 of his 7 pro campaigns. Durant -- who will turn 31 in September -- missed 3 games last year and has reached 14 games only twice in 9 NFL seasons. Neither makes for an attractive free agent, and their departures don't alter the outlook for an Atlanta D that didn't do much well in 2015. The move freed up about $5.8 million in cap space, according to The Associated Press, while generating a $4.1 million hit on the team's 2016 cap.

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Falcons LB Paul Worrilow is inactive for today's game against the Jaguars because of a knee injury. Nate Stupar will start in his place, with Philip Wheeler also seeing time. Justin Durant's the top Atlanta LB option for IDP lineups if you need 1, but you can probably find a better fantasy football prospect elsewhere.

Falcons S William Moore (groin) and OLB Justin Durant (calf) returned to practice Monday coming out of the team's Week 9 bye. Moore missed the past 2 games with his injury, while Durant sat out only Week 9. The Monday return would seem to put both on track to play the Colts on Sunday, though we'll see how they progress through the week.

The Falcons have ruled S William Moore (groin) and LB Justin Durant (calf) out for Sunday's game at San Francisco. The defense will also miss CB Robert Alford (groin) and rookie DE Vic Beasley (foot). None of those player absences significantly alters the positive outlook for the Atlanta team D against Blaine Gabbert's Niners this weekend. Durant's absence raises the tackle ceiling for MLB Paul Worrilow in IDP leagues, however. CB Desmond Trufant is probable after putting in a full workout Friday. He missed some time this week with a back injury. He's not much of an IDP factor but helps the team D.

 
 
 

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