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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Hypothetically speaking, Falcons all banged up

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

The Falcons didn’t practice Wednesday, but, if they had about a quarter of the team would have been out with injuries.

Don’t read too much into this yet because it’s just one of those weird things that comes along every now and then when NFL rules and reality get tangled together. Even though the Falcons, who played Monday night, did not take the practice field Wednesday, they had to file an official injury report.

So how do they determine who “practiced’’ and who did not? They have to estimate. They put out a list of 12 guys who they said would not have practiced if the team had practiced.

Defensive end John Abraham (foot), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (ankle), offensive tackle Sam Baker (ankle), receiver Brian Finneran (ankle), defensive tackle Thomas Johnson (calf), linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee/ankle), running back Jerious Norwood (hip), long-snapper Mike Schneck (ribs), running back Jason Snelling (hamstring), receiver Eric Weems (ankle), receiver Roddy White (knee) and tight end Keith Zinger (back) would not have practiced -- if there had been practice.

Some very significant names on that list. But don’t get too worried just yet. Remember, this is only an estimate. The real test will come Thursday when the Falcons really practice and we find out how many of these guys practiced.