There was optimism that Troy Andersen would be able to suit up against the Packers. He showed up to practice on Friday with his helmet, which made a lot of people think he’d be good to go. But following the Falcons practice on Friday, Arthur Smith ruled Andersen out, according to Tori McElhaney.
Arthur Smith rules Troy Andersen OUT for Sunday's game against the Packers. Jeff Okudah is questionable.
— Tori McElhaney (@tori_mcelhaney) September 15, 2023
The Falcons will likely turn to Nate Landman, but Tae Davis could be a potential option as well. There are several position groups that have depth issues.
The offensive line can’t afford to have one of the starting five go down; receiver is right there with the line, but the linebackers give both a run for their money in terms of the thinnest position groups.
Despite Andersen being at practice with a helmet on, Arthur Smith isn’t risking it, which I guess is the right thing to do. These are human beings at the end of the day, so it’s good to see the Falcons prioritize their health over a Week 2 game.
However, Andersen’s absence is a brutal loss for the Falcons. The Packers offense is a much better unit than the Panthers, who Atlanta dominated. Jordan Love and Matt LaFleur will be a tough task for Ryan Nielsen and company, who will be shorthanded.
McElhaney also included that Jeff Okudah is questionable for Sunday’s tilt after missing last week’s contest. Cordarrelle Patterson is a full go and will provide a significant boost for the Falcons offense. Both of those guys are critical pieces and would do wonders for Atlanta’s chances to begin the year 2-0.