Key piece of Falcons defense returns to practice

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As Alex has talked about all week, injuries could play a major factor in the Falcons Week 2 matchup with the Packers.

On the one hand, Atlanta is relatively healthy. Jeff Okudah and Cordarrelle Patterson missed Week 1, but there’s a chance both could be back this Sunday. However, the biggest injury to worry about is Troy Andersen. He looked very good against the Panthers but came into the facility this week not feeling right and was placed in concussion protocol. That’s never a good sign, but this is; Andersen was seen back on the field at practice on Friday and has cleared concussion protocols.

Andersen looks like he’ll be good to go on Sunday, which is a great sign for the Falcons chances on Sunday. If there’s one area of concern on this roster, it’s the depth at several positions, including linebacker.

If Okudah and Patterson can follow suit, the Falcons will face the Packers at 100%, but the same can’t be said for Green Bay. They are dealing with a number of injuries to key contributors, which could turn out to be the difference in the game. Sometimes it is not about who you play, but when you play them, and the Falcons could be catching the Packers at the perfect time.

An updated version of this article can be found here. Even though Troy Andersen returned to practice, Arthur Smith ruled the Falcons linebacker out of Sunday’s tilt against the Packers. Read more below.

Falcons: Arthur Smith rules critical piece out for Packers game

Photo: Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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