Falcons cornerback Brian Williams was listed as doubtful for tomorrow evening’s playoff matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Williams missed the entire week of practice due to a knee injury and very likely will miss the game. In Williams likely absence, Chris Owens will likely get the majority of reps at nickel cornerback. Owens last extensive playing time came in a Week 7 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, in which he started for an absent Dunta Robinson. Owens struggled mightily in that game. For the first five games of the season, Owens served as the team’s nickel corner, but following his struggles against the Bengals got very limited playing time on defense being relegated primarily to special teams. Owens could see many matchups in the slot against top Packers wideouts Donald Driver and/or Greg Jennings. Traditionally, Driver has manned that role in the past, but late in the season the team began to work Jennings into the role more extensively. Jennings was the team’s leading receiver this year with 76 receptions, 1,265 yards, and 12 touchdowns earning a Pro Bowl bid.
Williams was joined by several other Falcon players on the injury report, all of whom were listed as questionable. All of those players however were able to fully participate in Friday’s practices, giving optimism that all will suit up on Saturday despite their status.
Among them were: defensive end John Abraham (groin), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder), safety Thomas DeCoud (ankle), linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee), center Todd McClure (ankle), and wide receiver Roddy White (knee). All except McClure, were limited in practices on Wednesday and Thursday. McClure had a full participation on Thursday.