Neal (ankle) has returned to Saturday's game against the Panthers, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.
Neal's return is a boon to the Falcons defense both in the passing game and in run support. He injured his ankle early in the first half, but only missed a minimal amount of time before getting back on the field.
Neal (ankle) is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports.
If Neal is unable to return Saturday, it'd be a significant blow to the Falcons' defense given that the rookie leads the team in tackles. More information on Neal's status figures to be made available closer to halftime of Saturday's contest. In the meantime, Sharrod Neasman will take up Neal's post at strong safety.
Neal has piled up at least eight tackles in nine of his last 11 games, and he's averaging eight stops on the season. He's also forced four fumbles this season, making him an extremely productive IDP option at the safety position.
Neal is up to four forced fumbles on the season, and he's also recorded at least eight tackles in every game since Week 1. He's now averaging eight tackles per contest, and along with his big-play ability, he's an outstanding option at safety in IDP leagues.
Neal registered nine tackles Sunday against the Chargers.
Neal continued his outstanding rookie season by recording at least eight tackles for the fourth straight contest. In addition, he's forced a pair of fumbles and defended two passes on the season, making him an excellent IDP option at the defensive back position.
|P1||8/10/17||@ MIA||7:00 pm|
|P2||8/20/17||@ PIT||4:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/22/17||@ NE||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|11||11/20/17||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|15||12/18/17||@ TB||8:30 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|