Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Atlanta Falcons already banged up
By Pat Yasinskas
It looks like the Atlanta Falcons are pretty banged up heading into Sunday night’s game with Philadelphia. There already have been reports that defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux will miss three to five weeks with a knee injury. Babineaux didn’t practice Wednesday and he wasn’t the only player sitting out.
Center Todd McClure, who missed the season opener with a knee injury, continued to sit out. Also missing practice were receiver Harry Douglas (concussion), fullback Ovie Mughelli (knee) and cornerback Christopher Owens (knee). If Douglas isn't cleared to play, it could mean more playing time at receiver for Kerry Meier and Eric Weems. If Owens isn't able to play, Kelvin Hayden or Dominique Franks could get more playing time.
On the positive side, defensive tackle Corey Peters, who missed the opener with a knee injury, practiced on a limited basis. That’s encouraging, given the situation with Babineaux. If Peters is ready to play Sunday, he and Peria Jerry likely will be the starting defensive tackles.