Douglas, Babineaux Questionable for Falcons in Week 8

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The Atlanta Falcons announced their official injury report on Friday, indicating that wide receiver Harry Douglas and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux were questionable with foot injuries for this Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. The Falcons have spent their week of practice in London, in preparation for Sunday morning’s game there.

Douglas returned to practice this week for the first time since Week 4, participating on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday. Falcons head coach Mike Smith indicated that he will be a game-time decision. Babineaux missed the entire week of practice with his foot injury, but Smith indicated that he might still be able to play on Sunday on a limited basis.

Also listed on the injury report were guard Justin Blalock (back), wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle) and linebacker Prince Shembo (knee). All three participated fully in Friday’s practice. Shembo’s knee injury has limited his reps the past two games, despite being active both weeks. He played in only a single defensive snap against the Baltimore Ravens last week, and none against the Chicago Bears the previous week after starting the two prior games at inside linebacker. He will be replaced by Joplo Bartu once again, if he’s unable to participate.

For the Lions, the most notable injury is to stud wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who is questionable this week with an ankle injury. Johnson did participate on a limited basis for all three days of practice this week, but reports indicate that he is unlikely to suit up on Sunday. The same goes for running back Reggie Bush, who is doubtful with an ankle injury as well. Bush missed both Thursday and Friday’s practices.

The Lions are also beat up at tight end, with Eric Ebron (hamstring), Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Brandon Pettigrew (foot) all missing the entire week of practice. Ebron and Fauria will not play on Sunday, and Pettigrew is listed as doubtful. To fill the void at tight end, the Lions signed veteran blocker Kellen Davis to team with recently promoted practice squad tight end Jordan Thompson. They may also utilize fullback Jed Collins at the position as well.

Other notable injuries include right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (concussion), who is questionable after missing Wednesday and Thursday’s practices, but fully participating on Friday. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (toe) and running back Theo Riddick (hamstring) are both probable to play on Sunday.

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