Atlanta Falcons vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Breaking Down the Injury Report
Here we'll break down both the Falcons' and the Chiefs' reports and what they mean in terms of game impact.
Injury Reports Updated as of September 9, 2012, 1:22 AM
Kansas City Chiefs Injuries as reported on AtlantaFalcons.com
|DT Anthony Toribio (ankle)||Did Not Practice ||Did Not Practice ||Did Not Practice ||Doubtful
|DL Allen Bailey (ankle)||Did Not Practice ||Did Not Practice ||Did Not Practice ||Doubtful
|LB Derrick Johnson (ankle)||Limited Participation ||Limited Participation ||Limited Participation ||Questionable|
|CB Jalil Brown (groin)||Limited Participation ||Limited Participation ||Limited Participation ||Questionable
|CB Brandon Flowers (foot)||Limited Participation||Limited Participation||Limited Participation||Questionable|
|S Kendrick Lewis (shoulder)||Did Not Practice||Did Not Practice||Did Not Practice||Doubtful|
|LB Jovan Belcher (groin)||Full Participation||Did Not Practice||Limited Participation||Questionable|
Starting safety Kenrick Lewis also being doubtful could completely open up the middle of the field for Harry Douglas and Tony Gonzalez on seam routes. Add in the injuries to Jalil Brown and Brandon Flowers and it's hard to see the Chiefs sticking with the Falcons' passing attack.
The biggest problem for the Chiefs, though, is in their linebackers. They will be missing Tamba Hali due to a suspension, and two of their other three regular starters, inside linebackers Jovan Belcher and Derrick Johnson, have injuries that could keep them out completely.
Best-case scenario for the Chiefs is that they have a completely banged-up defense. Worst-case scenario, the Chiefs will be missing seven starters. Either way, it doesn't look good for a team that should be able to compete for the AFC West championship.
|Jason Snelling (calf)||Limited Participation||Full Participation||Full Participation ||Probable|
|Christopher Owens (hamstring)||Limited Participation||Full Participation ||Full Participation ||Probable|
The Falcons come into the game relatively healthy. Outside of Snelling and Owens having minor injuries to fight throughout the week at practice, it looks like Mike Smith will have his full assortment of 53 players available for the game.
Overall, the Falcons look to be almost completely healthy while the Chiefs are banged up on defense. The Falcons should be able to take advantage of the injuries and turn in an excellent offensive performance in this game, and have an injury advantage when it comes to winning the game.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.
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