Gonzalez expected to play against Saints

November, 20, 2013
11/20/13
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, who continues to deal with an injured toe on his left foot, is set to play against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night despite being listed as questionable.

Gonzalez participated in the team's walkthrough on Wednesday.

"We'll, he's listed as questionable, but we anticipate that Tony's going to play in the ballgame,'' head coach Mike Smith said. "He got an opportunity to work with us today. Much more workload than he did last week. We anticipate that he'll be ready to go.''

Smith also said backup quarterback Dominique Davis, who suffered a bruised knee in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay, should be ready to go.

"Dom has a knee injury, but he did practice limited on both days,'' Smith said. "So we're ready for him to go. He's questionable, but we're anticipating that he'll go barring any setbacks from today's practice.''

Following Wednesday's walkthrough, Davis said he was fine and ready to go. The Falcons worked out veteran quarterbacks Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards as insurance. Kafka stayed in the Atlanta area overnight awaiting word on Davis, while Edwards was sent home after the workout. Kafka could get the call if the Falcons find themselves in an emergency situation from now until the end of the season.

Rookie defensive end Malliciah Goodman was ruled out for the Saints game as he continues to recover from a calf injury.

Listed as questionable for the Falcons along with Gonzalez and Davis are defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and safety Zeke Motta. Babineaux appeared banged up after suffering a triceps injury in last Sunday's loss to the Bucs. Motta broke a finger on his right hand but played with a cast in practice.

Defensive tackle Peria Jerry (shoulder), running back Jacquizz Rodgers (ankle), tackle Jeremy Trueblood (knee/hip), and linebacker Paul Worrilow (shoulder) all are probable.

For the Saints, nine players were listed as questionable, including running back Darren Sproles (knee/ankle) and guard Jahri Evans (ankle). Tight end Jimmy Graham (elbow/foot) and linebacker Curtis Lofton (hamstring/ankle) are listed as probable.


Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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