Wide receivers Harry Douglass and Julio Jones are each dealing with ankle injuries. Douglass did fully participate in practice and is listed as probable. Jones, however, is listed as questionable and did not participate in practice. Fantasy owners who have Jones on their roster might want to keep a watch on his status up until game time.
Tight end, Tony Gonzalez is listed as probable as well with an injury to his shoulder. More than likely he will start given that he fully participated in practice.
While the injuries to some of Matt Ryan’s favorite targets are worth noting, Falcons fans should pay special attention to running back Michael Turner. The running back has a groin injury that caused him to see limited action in practice this week. Turner struggled against the New Orleans Saints last week and is listed as questionable against Arizona. If Turner is unable to go, it could be a huge blow to an Atlanta offense that really needs to get its running game going in the second half of the season.
On the defensive side, DE John Abraham was limited in practice this week as he dealt with a back injury and is listed as questionable. Atlanta is also hurting the linebacker position as well. Mike Peterson and Stephen Nicholas are listed as probable for this weekend’s game. Peterson has been dealing with a foot injury, while Nicholas has a groin injury. Sean Weatherspoon, one of the Falcons key linebackers, is listed as questionable this week is still hampered with his ankle and did not participate in practice. Defensive tackle, Jonathan Babineaux is listed as probable with a thigh injury but did participate fully in practice.
All of these injuries could make for an interesting game between the Falcons and Cardinals. Arizona has one of the worst offenses in the NFL but may be able to rack up a few more points than usual against an Atlanta defense that is clearly not 100 percent.