The Falcons could prioritize retaining Dennard (quadriceps) this offseason, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Dennard was a pillar of Atlanta's secondary when healthy in 2020, but it's fair to say that injury concerns have been consistent for the veteran cornerback recently. He was only able to suit up for eight games with the Falcons in 2020 before a quadriceps injury prematurely ended his year, and he only managed nine appearances with the Bengals the season prior. Factoring in that medical history, Dennard could be motivated to agree to a team-friendly deal with the Falcons this offseason.
Dennard (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Will McFadden of AtlantaFalcons.com reports. Dennard was unable to practice in any capacity throughout the week and will miss the Falcons' season finale as a result. His 2020 campaign comes to an end with 36 tackles (28 solo), five passes defensed and one interception in eight games.
Dennard (quadriceps) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's estimated injury report, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The veteran defensive back appears to be in jeopardy of sitting out a third consecutive game, having missed back-to-back practice sessions to kick off the week. Dennard has yet to demonstrate any progress towards a Week 17 activation, as he remains without even a limited practice appearance since Dec. 16. A positive COVID-19 test within the organization kept the Falcons from practicing Thursday. Should Atlanta return to in-person activities Friday, Dennard's status for the regular-season finale in Tampa Bay may become more clear.
Dennard (quadriceps) didn't practice Wednesday, Jason Butt of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Dennard has missed the past two games due to this injury, and it looks like he could be tracking toward a third consecutive absence. The starting cornerback's absence would create additional opportunities for Tom Brady and the high-powered Tampa Bay passing attack in the regular season finale, though Dennard will have two more opportunities to return to practice this week and show progress in his recovery.
The Falcons ruled Dennard (quadriceps) out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Dennard wasn't able to practice in any capacity this week while battling the injury, making it unsurprising that he'll remain sidelined for a second straight game. Given that the Falcons have little on the line for their season finale at Tampa Bay on Jan. 3, Dennard could have a tough time gaining clearance to play unless he resumes practicing fully at some point next week.
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