Injuries continue to take its toll on the disappointing Atlanta Falcons.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that both running back Steven Jackson and wide receiver Roddy White missed practice today, following the team’s bye last week.
According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of theAtlanta Journal Constitution, White was unable to practice because of a hamstring injury he received in the Falcons week five loss to the New York Jets. He is currently “50-50″ if he will be able to play this week against the rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If White does not play, his consecutive games played streak will end at 133. Even if he does play this week, it is likely he will be a non-factor. The 31-year-old Pro Bowler has only 14 receptions for 129 yards in five games this years, largely because of a high ankle sprain he was already struggling with.
Running back Steven Jackson also missed practice, and according to Pro Football Talk, head coach Mike Smith has offered no update on Jackson’s own hamstring ailment that has kept him out since week two. Thought to be a key offseason pickup, Jackson’s 77 yards have done little to help stabilize a 26th-ranked running game that has struggled in recent years.
Left tackle Sam Baker also did not participate in practice and has missed two of the last three games. While he has struggled when playing, missing your starting left tackle, wide receiver, and running back are not making a miraculous comeback seem likely for the Falcons.