The Patriots have traded a 2nd-round pick to the Falcons in exchange for WR Mohamed Sanu. New England tried to acquire Sanu during this spring's draft, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, so it's clearly a player the team covets. Sanu was a steady producer in Atlanta, averaging 4.2 catches and 47 yards per game over the past 3+ seasons. He played primarily in the slot for the Falcons, but we'll see how he fits into the Patriots' WR corps alongside Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon (once he's back from his knee injury), Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers. When everyone's healthy, it figures to be Edelman, Gordon and Sanu in 3-WR sets. Sanu has a brand new offense to learn, though. And note that he's going from the league's 2nd pass-heaviest offense to its 14th run-heaviest. Sanu is worth stashing in most fantasy leagues but won't be a recommended Week 8 starter. The Falcons, meanwhile, figures to roll with either Justin Hardy or Russell Gage as the #3 WR. But Sanu's departure will mostly just free up extra targets for Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper.
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.
Bucs CB Alterraun Verner missed his 3rd straight day of practice Friday because of a hamstring injury. The team has designated him doubtful for Sunday's matchup with the Falcons. That's unfortunate for IDP owners, as Verner would have carried plenty of fantasy upside in the game. HC Lovie Smith mentioned Crezdon Butler and Brandon Dixon as potential replacements Friday, which means you can't count on either for fantasy purposes. Verner's absence can only help Falcons QB Matt Ryan's fantasy outlook in an already positive matchup.
Falcons LT Sam Baker suffered a torn patellar tendon in the team's Saturday night preseason game. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Baker will miss the season. That removes a player who has graded out among the league's worst OTs over the past few seasons, according to Pro Football Focus' ratings. So missing Baker certainly shouldn't crush the Falcons offense. Disrupting the O-line group adds a challenge, however, for a group trying to bounce back from an injury-laden, terrible 2013. Rookie Jake Matthews had been slotted to start at RT but could slide into Baker's vacated role, where the team planned to play him in the future anyway. The situation bears watching, but we're not changing our outlook for the potentially explosive Falcons offense because of Baker's absence.
Falcons insider Vaughn McClure says QB Matt Ryan was "more banged up than he let on" last year. Ryan never appeared on the injury report but did absorb a career-high 44 sacks. Atlanta added G Jon Asamoah and OT Gabe Carimi this offseason and will likely attack the offensive line early in next month's draft. Ryan has plenty of bounce-back potential in 2014, but he'll need to get much better pass protection.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer hears that the Falcons "fear" that WR Julio Jones is "likely" out for the year with a foot injury he suffered in Monday night's loss to the Jets. It doesn't sound like a sure thing yet, but Glazer's reports are usually spot on. He adds that Jones is getting a 2nd opinion tomorrow. It'd obviously be a huge blow to the entire Falcons offense, especially with WR Roddy White dealing with ankle and hamstring injuries. If Jones is out, Harry Douglas would move into the starting lineup and be worth adding as a potential WR3 in fantasy. We'll continue to update this story as we learn more.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan is fully recovered from the sprained shoulder he suffered in the NFC Championship Game. The injury was never much of a concern. It was to his non-throwing shoulder; surgery wasn't required; and HC Mike Smith said Ryan would have played in the Super Bowl had Atlanta beat San Fran. “He’s been working in the training room and this week he started working in the weight room,” Smith said. “He’s recovered and we absolutely expect him to well beyond 100 percent when we start our offseason program.” Consider Ryan's shoulder a non-issue as we look towards the 2013 season.
Matt Ryan could be seen treating his left arm and shoulder a bit gingerly at the end of Sunday's loss to the Niners. Ryan merely sprained the AC joint in that shoulder, though, an injury that won't even require surgery. It shouldn't be an issue at all for his offseason work. The only question will be what Tony Gonzalez's departure means for the passing game. You know, assuming he adds that final 2% to his retirement decision at some point.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan doesn't seem the least bit concerned about the ankle injury he suffered this past weekend. He's already out of his walking boot and says he would have practiced this week if Atlanta wasn't on a bye. The team hasn't disclosed the results of Ryan's MRI, but it sounds like he'll be good to go for Week 9.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan will be going for a 2nd opinion this week on the ankle he injured during Sunday's win over the Lions. Ryan ended up missing just 1 play and expressed no concern about the injury after the game. Tests are unlikely to reveal any structural damage. Atlanta also has a Week 8 bye. Ryan should be fine for Week 9.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan suffered a knee injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Lions. He looked to be in serious pain on the field, but was at least able to walk off the field and into the locker room. His return is being called questionable.
Update: Ryan returned after missing just a few plays.
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