Illnesses Won’t Prohibit Falcons From Playing vs. Browns

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Several Atlanta Falcons players missed practice this week due to undisclosed illnesses, including wide receiver Julio Jones, running back Steven Jackson and fullback Patrick DiMarco, but all three players were listed as probable on the team’s Friday injury report ahead of the team’s Week 12 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. To no surprise, the team also declared cornerback Robert Alford (wrist) out, as he is expected to miss between two and four weeks due to that injury. Offensive tackle Jonathan Scott is also out this week with a hamstring injury that has prevented him from practicing since the bye week.

Jones missed both Wednesday and Thursday practices with his illness, while Jackson and DiMarco were sidelined for just Thursday. All three players were full participants on Friday in practice.

Other players listed as probable include guard Jon Asamoah (shoulder), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee), wide receiver Drew Davis (foot), wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot) and wide receiver Devin Hester (wrist). Asamoah was limited on Wednesday, while Douglas sat out that day’s practice. Douglas then returned on Thursday, but was limited. Babineaux and Hester were full participants in all three days of practices this week. Babineaux had been bothered by a foot injury that had caused him to miss Week 8’s matchup, while Hester had been nursing a recent ankle injury that caused him to miss practice time in recent weeks. Both both have overcome those injuries and seemingly their current scrapes were not enough to keep them from practicing this week.

Davis was added to the team’s practice report on Friday after being promoted to the active roster on that same day.

For the Cleveland Browns, notable injuries include tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) and wide receiver Marlon Moore (hamstring) being out for Sunday’s contest. Inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee) is doubtful, while outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot) and safety Johnson Bademosi (concussion) are questionable. Defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist), outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (knee) were also listed as probable.

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