The Atlanta Falcons announced their injury report yesterday, including that rookie left tackle Jake Matthews is probable for tonight’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Matthews missed last week’s contest against the Cincinnati Bengals with an ankle injury, but was able to fully participate in Tuesday and Wednesday’s practices this week.
Also, wide receiver Roddy White is questionable tonight despite missing all three days of practice with a hamstring injury. But Falcons head coach Mike Smith indicated that White could play this week without practicing and is expected to do so.
Also appearing on the injury report this week were wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle) and linebacker Prince Shembo (knee). Like Matthews, both players were limited on Monday, but were able to fully participate in practice on both Tuesday and Wednesday, leading to their designations as probable.
For the Buccaneers, linebacker Mason Foster (shoulder) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) were listed as out after missing the entire week of practice. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (hand), running back Doug Martin (knee) and defensive end Michael Johnson (ankle) are questionable on this week’s injury report. McCoy missed practices on Monday and Tuesday, but had limited participation on Wednesday. However, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport indicates that McCoy is not expected to play tonight. Martin may also be held out of the game too, despite three days of limited participation in practices this week.
Other notable Bucs injuries include: defensive end Da’Quan Bowers (abdomen), center Evan Dietrich-Smith (back), right tackle Demar Dotson (hamstring), defensive end William Gholston (shoulder) and left guard Logan Mankins (knee) all being listed as probable.