The Atlanta Falcons will not have too much time to dwell on their 24-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as they have a Thursday night bout with the New Orleans Saints. This also means some of the Falcons who were injured or already were will not have time a lot of time to get better either.
Running back Michael Turner is still dealing with a groin injury, which other than the Bucs being one of the best teams in the league against the run, had to be the reason for his limited production in that game. He is listed as probable and did fully participate in practice. Quarterback, Matt Ryan also has a nagging finger injury and is listed as probable as well. Of course, he more than likely will play given that he did fully participate in practice. I’m sure he would also like the chance to avenge the team’s only loss this season as well. Julio Jones is still hampered with an ankle injury but more than likely will play through as he did against Tampa Bay.
It is on the defensive side where Atlanta is hurting the most though. Sean Weatherspoon is dealing with an illness and is listed as questionable. The Falcons also find themselves in a bit of a quandary in the secondary. Cornerbacks, Asante Samuel and Christopher Owens are both dealing with injuries. Samuel suffered a shoulder injury against the Buccaneers and is listed as questionable. Meanwhile Owens is listed as probable with a thigh injury but he did fully participate in practice. As if that was not enough, safety Charles Mitchell is out with a calf injury. All of this could spell trouble for Atlanta as they take on the Saints on Thursday. Jonathan Babineaux (Neck) and John Abraham (Back) are both listed as probable as well but more than likely will give it a go.
For a team that has been struggling to win while healthy, the last thing Atlanta needs is to take on the Saints with a slew of injuries.