Dolphins, Falcons Match up Plagued with Injuries
Injuries have been the main focus of this week’s match up between the Atlanta Falcons and the Miami Dolphins.
The Falcons have suffered the most significant injuries, losing 5 starters in their Week 2 win against the St. Louis Rams. LB Sean Weatherspoon, DE Kory Biermann, and FB Bradie Ewing all suffered season ending injuries. RB Steven Jackson will miss two weeks to four weeks with a thigh injury. CB Asante Samuel also suffered a thigh injury and is listed as questionable, along with WR Roddy Wright (ankle), and WR Julio Jones (knee). All three are expected to play.
Miami Dolphins Battle Injuries
On the flip side, The Dolphins are battling their own injuries. They will be without DT Paul Soliai (knee) and CB Dimitri Patterson (groin), both of which missed significant practice time this week. QB Ryan Tannehill, who suffered a (throwing) shoulder injury, was limited on Wednesday but fully participated in Friday's practice. Four other starters, WR Mike Wallace (groin), C Mike Pouncy (ankle), FS Chris Clemons (hamstring), and LB Koa Misi (knee) showed up on today's injury report. All are expected to play.
Clearly the Dolphins’ injuries are not as serious as the Falcons’, but this team severely lacks depth. The Dolphins are one or two injuries away in the secondary or offensive line that could hurt the team’s chances of making a run.
UPDATE: Falcons LT Sam Baker ruled out for Sunday's game with a foot injury.