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    The former Nevada quarterback remains a controversial figure after his protest against racial injustice
  • Offensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    419.1
    347.5
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    321.9
    274.4
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    97.2
    73.1
    Points Per Game
    28.8
    21.4
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    44.4
    39.5
    Time of
    Possession
    33:45
    28:50
    Saints
    Falcons

    Defensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    305.4
    381.9
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    191.4
    249.2
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    114.0
    132.7
    Points Per Game
    18.3
    29.2
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    32.8
    45.9
    Saints
    Falcons
  • New Orleans Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/27/16TEMichael HoomanawanuiLegQUESTIONABLEHoomanawanui was forced out of Friday's matchup with the Steelers due to a left leg injury, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

    It is unclear how the injury was sustained, but the 28-year-old was unable to put any weight on his left leg as trainers helped him off the field. Hoomanawanui currently projects as the third tight end on the Saints' depth chart. Expect an update on his status when the team releases more information.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/27/16RBDaniel LascoConcussionQUESTIONABLELasco is currently in the league's concussion protocol following Friday's preseason game against the Steelers, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

    Lasco was given just one rush attempt during Friday's third preseason game, accounting for four yards, and claimed to be fine after sustaining the head injury in the fourth quarter on a receiving play. If the injury lingers, Lasco could be in danger of not making the 53-man roster.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/27/16RBMarcus MurphyConcussionQUESTIONABLEMurphy sustained a concussion in Friday's preseason game against the Steelers, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

    Murphy is currently competing for a spot on the 53-man roster and this injury could pose problems for that manifesting. However, he saw 12 offensive snaps Friday before sustaining the concussion and seemed to be on track to remain on the roster.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/24/16WRVincent BrownCalfQUESTIONABLEThe Saints released Brown (calf) with an injury settlement Thursday, removing him from injured reserve, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Brown joined the Saints in May, adding a veteran presence to a receiving corps lacking in experience. However, he failed his pre-training camp physical due to a strained calf, which will bring his brief tenure in New Orleans to a close. The severity of the injury will likely determine when he receives a chance with another organization.

    (Updated 07/30/2016)
    08/15/16DLSheldon RankinsLower LegOUTRankins, who was carted off during Monday's practice, will have surgery to repair a fractured fibula and is expected to miss six weeks, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

    Rankins' injury is a tough blow to the Saints' defense, which aded him with the 12th overall pick in this year's draft to beef up its front line. Furthermore, the Louisville product was impressive to this point in camp, even intercepting Tom Brady during joint practices with the Patriots last week. With Rankins now sidelined going into the regular season, Nick Fairley, John Jenkins and fellow rookie David Onyemata should see more reps at defensive tackle.

    (Updated 08/15/2016)
    08/04/16RBAustin JohnsonKneeQUESTIONABLEJohnson injured his knee during Thursday's practice, Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports.

    Johnson underwent an MRI on Thursday after injuring his knee and the results of that haven't yet been released, leaving him without a timetable for return. Since joining the Saints in 2014, the fullback has played in 17 games, totaling just 31 yards rushing and one touchdown. A bulk of his snaps come on special teams, where he played 39 percent of the teams snaps last year. His lack of offensive production renders him irrelevant in nearly all fantasy formats this season.

    (Updated 08/04/2016)
    04/08/16DLCameron JordanBackPROBABLEJordan (back) practiced without limitations Thursday, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Jordan underwent back surgery in February and wasn't expected to rejoin the team until training camp. However, Jordan was much farther ahead in his recovery than expected and was able to return to the practice field in full for the team's OTAs on Thursday. Jordan is coming off a 10-sack Pro Bowl season and with the back injury finally behind him, he'll have the chance to improve on his numbers.

    (Updated 06/02/2016)
    Atlanta Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/26/16DLAdrian ClaybornShoulderPROBABLEClayborn (shoulder) is expected back for Week 1, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    Clayborn was scheduled for an MRI on Friday, after injuring his shoulder during Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins. He's expected to start at left defensive end, but he may lose a lot of snaps to Brooks Reed and/or Dwight Freeney.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/26/16WRJustin HardyAnkleQUESTIONABLEHardy suffered an ankle injury in Thursday's preseason matchup with the Dolphins and will not return to the game.

    The Falcons would rather be safe than sorry as they give the wideout the rest of the night off. Hardy will join Julio Jones on the sidelines for the remainder of the game, who also suffered some sort of ankle injury on Thursday night. The severity of the injury is still unknown, but expect more clarity on the matter once the team releases information in the next couple of days.

    (Updated 08/25/2016)
    08/26/16WRJulio JonesAnklePROBABLEHead coach Dan Quinn said Monday that Jones (ankle) will return to practice either Wednesday or next Monday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    Jones said he would have kept playing in Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins if it had been a regular-season contest. There's been no cause to doubt his downplaying of the injury, as the Falcons have confirmed that they expect him back in short order. Even if he does return Wednesday, the veteran wideout won't play in Thursday's preseason finale. It sounds as if he'll get in a full week of practice in preparation for Week 1 against the Bucs.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/26/16DBKeanu NealKneeQUESTIONABLENeal (torso) injured his knee in Thursday's preseason loss to the Dolphins, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Neal is dealing with his second injury of the preseason. First it was a torso strain that kept him out of the team's first preseason game and now his knee injury. Despite being dinged up a bit, the rookie did tell teammates that he didn't think the injury was serious and he expects to play in the teams Week 1 matchup with Tampa Bay.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/26/16RBBrandon WildsKneePROBABLEWilds (knee) is doubtful to play in the Falcons' preseason finale Thursday, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.

    Wilds went down in the team's third preseason contest last Thursday and was unable to return. Expect his status to be confirmed before kickoff.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/25/16KMatt BryantUndisclosedPROBABLEBryant (undisclosed) did not practice Monday due to muscle tightness, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

    Bryant was held out of Thursday's preseason game due to an undisclosed injury and has now missed the team's past two practices. It's unclear if the muscle tightness spurred the absence, and he's currently without a timetable for return.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/25/16LBDwight FreeneyBackQUESTIONABLEFreeney (back) returned to practice on Monday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    Freeney has been dealing with a back strain throughout the preseason, which kept him off the field for Thursday's preseason loss to the Dolphins. While he did return to practice, it seems unlikely the coaching will risk the chance of the injury becoming worse and will keep the veteran on the sidelines for Thursday's preseason finale against the Jaguars.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/19/16DLVic BeasleyShoulderPROBABLEBeasley has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, but he's still expected to play in Atlanta's third preseason game, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.

    Beasley missed Thursday's preseason game against the Browns, and while he may end up sitting out another exhibition, this doesn't sound like a threat to his Week 1 availability. Selected eighth overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, Beasley had just 20 tackles and four sacks while working in a part-time role as a rookie. He's expected to start and take on a considerable snap count this season, working as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end, with his role mostly focused on getting after the quarterback.

    (Updated 08/19/2016)
    08/12/16DBKemal IshmaelShoulderPROBABLEIshmael (shoulder) took part in 11-on-11 drills Monday for the first time since injuring his shoulder, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

    Ishmael hadn't practiced in full since injuring his shoulder in the Falcons' preseason opener. His return is an encouraging sign for the safety, who's expected to start for Atlanta after playing rotationally in 2015.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/10/16RBTerron WardAnklePROBABLEWard (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's preseason matchup with the Dolphins.

    Ward hasn't played so far this preseason and it's unclear if he'll be able to return for the team's final go before the regular season, next Thursday against the Jaguars. He's expected to be the team's No. 3 option at running back, behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, but his lengthy absence will again open the door Gus Johnson to take a shot at that role with added game snaps on Thursday.

    (Updated 08/25/2016)
    07/29/16DBJalen CollinsSuspensionSUSPENDCollins tallied 17 total tackles in 16 games during his rookie year with the Falcons.

    Collins was limited to rotational work, only seeing the field on 28.6 percent of the total defensive snaps. He'll likely earn more playing time in the coming years, but the Falcons have a pretty young core of secondary players, meaning it won't be easy for Collins to ascend the ranks.

    (Updated 01/18/2016)
 
 
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