The Falcons have been shorthanded for several weeks with multiple starters dealing with injuries, none more important than All-Pro A.J. Terrell, who could miss his fourth straight game. Terrell returned to practice this week but in a limited capacity and has officially been designated as questionable for Sunday’s contest against the Bears, per the team’s website.
Terrell has missed the last three games after suffering an injury in the Falcons’ 28-14 win over the 49ers. After re-aggravating it against the Bengals, the soft tissue injury has kept him on the sidelines. A combination of Cornell Armstrong, Rashad Fenton, and Darren Hall has assumed duties on the boundary in the wake of Terrell’s absence, and it’s gone about as well as you’d expect.
The Falcons’ defense has given up 25, 37, and 35 points in three of the last four matchups. Honestly, the pass defense improving with Terrell’s return might not even help them this weekend. The Bears are the most run-dominant offense in football, and the Falcons have been torn apart on the ground in two of their last three games. Stopping Justin Fields and the Chicago rushing attack is going to be a tall task for Atlanta’s defense.
The Falcons also welcomed back Colby Gossett to practice after missing Thursday due to a personal matter. The offense has gone through three guards in as many weeks with injuries to Elijah Wilkinson and Matt Hennessy, so Gossett being healthy is great news. Per Arthur Smith, Terrell and Harris will both be game time decisions on Sunday.