In the NFL, it’s sometimes not about who you play but when you play them. That rings true for the Falcons, who will seemingly have another health advantage over the opponents as multiple Lions nurse injuries.
Dam Campbell officially ruled out offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai and cornerback Emmanuel Moseley; both critical to the Lions’ success thus far.
Moreover, he stated that David Montgomery, Taylor Decker, and Kerby Joseph are all “improving” but the latter two have also been ruled out while Montgomery is listed as doubtful. Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds are also banged up and have a questionable designation.
That’s potentially five or more starters missing from Detroit’s lineup. Obviously, that’s huge. The Falcons had similar luck in Weeks 1 and 2 as the Panthers missed multiple pass catchers and the Packers were without their three best offensive players in Aaron Jones, Christian Watson, and David Bakhtiari.
Injuries are inevitable, and every team deals with them. The Falcons are no different. They’ve been without Cordarrelle Patterson and Jeff Okudah for the season so far, but both are trending to make their 2023 debuts on Sunday. If the pair and Troy Andersen suit up, that’ll make the Falcons as close to full strength as they could possibly be.
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