The Atlanta Falcons announced their weekly injury report today, indicating that linebacker Justin Durant has been declared out for this Sunday’s matchup against the Washington Redskins with an elbow injury after missing the entire week of practice. Durant suffered the injury during the first quarter of last week’s 48-21 win over the Houston Texans.
Joplo Bartu replaced Durant against the Texans at weak-side linebacker. But the Falcons might tinker with playing Nate Stupar there this week, who has been filling in at strong-side linebacker over the past month but did get extensive work on the weak side towards the end of the preseason.
Also notably, wide receiver Julio Jones was declared questionable after being limited in all three days of practice this week with toe and hamstring injuries. It was notable that Jones was held to a season-low four catches for 38 yards. Suspicion arose that Jones’ injury was a bit more serious after looking at the tape of the game.
Several Falcon players were upgraded to probable after fully participating in today’s practice after limited participation earlier in the week. Those players include safety Ricardo Allen (knee), running back Tevin Coleman (ribs) and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (thumb).
Allen missed the Texans game and was replaced by Robenson Therezie, but should be able to return to lineup to solidify the secondary this week against the Redskins.
Coleman has missed the past two games due to his rib injury and subsequently lost his hold on the starting spot due to the explosion in production by his replacement Devonta Freeman. While he is expected to play through pain this week, he will hope that his return to the lineup will allow him to regain his starting spot with steady production.
Hankerson was the team’s leading receiver a week ago and if Jones is again limited will be asked again to do much of the heavy lifting in the passing game. He’ll get some help thanks to the return of tight end Jacob Tamme, who was able to clear the concussion protocol this week after missing the Texans game and practiced fully.
Like Jones, linebacker Brooks Reed was limited throughout the week with his groin injury, but was listed as probable this week. Wide receiver Roddy White was added to the injury report on Wednesday due to missing practice because of his mother requiring surgery. However he was able to fully participate in Thursday and Friday’s practices upon his return.
For the Redskins, they will be without four starters this week as cornerbacks Chris Culliver (knee) and DeAngelo Hall (toe), wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and tight end Jordan Reed (concussion/knee/ankle) were declared out.
The losses of both starting corners will prompt Bashaun Breeland and Will Blackmon to take over the starting lineup. With the latter starting, safety Kyshoen Jarrett will likely move into the slot at cornerback.
Jackson will miss his fourth consecutive game this week, with second-year receiver Ryan Grant getting the bulk of his replacement snaps. He was limited during Wednesday and Thursday’s practices, but was shut down on Friday. Reed’s absence will likely prompt Derek Carrier to assume the vacant starting spot at tight end.
Starting inside linebacker Perry Riley (calf) is listed as questionable after missing the past two games. He was able to participate on a limited basis in all three days of practice this week. His replacement has been Will Compton the past two weeks.
Notable players that are listed as probable this week for the Redskins include wide receiver Pierre Garcon (knee), outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan (hip) and Trent Murphy (hip), guards Josh LeRibeus (calf) and Spencer Long (ankle) and center Kory Lichtensteiger (finger).