Multiple Falcons starters out vs Saints: How concerned are you?

Plus: McKinley, Shelby, and Freeman sidelined Wednesday

John and Hugh
September 20, 2018 - 12:14 pm

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The Atlanta Falcons will face another critical game in the early season with a divisional match against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Defensively, the Falcons are already without safety Keanu Neal (knee) for the season, and LB Deion Jones (foot) is on IR at least in Week 10 against the Cowboys. Meanwhile, DEs Takk McKinley and Derrick Shelby were sidelined for practice on Wednesday as both suffered groin injuries against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. Their status remains day-to-day, and it's unclear if either guy will play on Sunday.

Defensive Coordinator Maquand Manuel has had to adapt pretty quickly with second-year players Duke Riley and Damontae Kazee sliding in to fill the roles of Neal and Jones.

“If I’m Drew Brees, I’m trying to get my work done in the middle of the field,” said Hugh on the Morning Show on Wednesday. He also believes the Saints will try to establish the run game early like the Panthers did with Christian McCaffrey.

Offensively, the Falcons lost G Andy Levitre for the season with a triceps injury. Wes Schweitzer will slide over to fill that open spot at left guard. Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman also did not practice on Wednesday.

How concerned are you with all the mountain injuries already in Week 3?