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January 13, 2021 12:20 AM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Starts 13 times in 2020
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter, who overcame a groin injury to suit up Week 17 against the Buccaneers, concluded the 2020 campaign with 13 starts.

Carpenter has two more years under contract with the Falcons, though according to Spotrac, there is a potential out in his deal this offseason that would cost the organization a dead cap hit of $2.4 million. The 31-year-old has been plagued by injury in recent campaigns, missing a combined 14 games between 2018 and 2020. He did, however, go without a single committed penalty over 827 offensive snaps this season.

January 1, 2021 02:44 PM
Falcons' James Carpenter: On track to play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (groin) was removed from the Falcons' injury report Friday, Jason Butt of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Carpenter was limited by a groin injury earlier in the week, but he'll be available for the season finale Sunday against the Buccaneers.

December 31, 2020 09:20 AM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Limited with groin injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (groin) was limited during Wednesday's practice session, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Carpenter sat out Atlanta's Week 16 loss to Kansas City, handing the veteran lineman his third game absence since the start of December. He was unable to participate in any capacity last week while coping with his groin injury, so Carpenter seems to be trending in a positive direction as Atlanta prepares for its season finale against the Buccaneers.

December 25, 2020 12:52 PM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Sidelined again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Carpenter tried to play through his groin issue Week 15 against Tampa Bay, but he seemingly re-aggravated the injury during the game and subsequently didn't practice in any capacity this week. It seems unlikely that the 31-year-old will make it back for Atlanta's season finale in Week 17.

December 20, 2020 04:12 PM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Groin issue continues to linger
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (groin) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

A groin issue kept the 31-year-old out of the lineup for a second consecutive game last Sunday during a loss to the Chargers, and now he's seemingly re-aggravated the issue in his return to action. Carpenter was limited all throughout the practice week coming into Sunday, ultimately showing enough to trainers to overcome a questionable designation. Given the midgame injury, Justin McCray will fill Atlanta's left guard spot until Carpenter makes it back onto the field.

December 20, 2020 11:52 AM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Returns to lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (groin) is active for Sunday's matchup against Tampa Bay.

Carpenter had to sit down for a second consecutive game last Sunday during a loss to the Chargers, but he was able to practice in a limited capacity throughout the subsequent week. Having shown enough in pregame warmups, the 31-year-old now returns to the lineup for his 12th start of the year. It won't be an easy assignment, taking on a Tampa Bay defense that ranks No. 1 against the run and fifth in the NFL in team sacks.

December 19, 2020 01:00 AM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Carries questionable Week 15 tag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (groin) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against Tampa Bay, Matthew Tabeek of the Falcons' official site reports.

Carpenter was unable to practice in any capacity last week before being ruled out for a second consecutive game. A trio of limited practice sessions this week provides optimism that the 31-year-old may be able to return to his starting left guard post. Journeyman Justin McCray is in line to start against Tampa Bay's No. 1 rush defense Week 15 should Carpenter be unavailable.

December 11, 2020 07:28 PM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Missing another game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (groin) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Carpenter will miss a second straight game due to his lingering groin injury, making Justin McCray a likely candidate to start at left guard. To compound matters, Carpenter wasn't able to practice at all this week, making his status for the Dec. 20 game against the Buccaneers uncertain as well.

December 9, 2020 11:48 PM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Not able to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (groin) did not suit up for Wednesday's practice session, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The veteran offensive guard was unable to participate throughout all of last week before being ruled out for Sunday's game versus New Orleans, and his prognosis is so far not looking promising heading into a Week 14 matchup against the Chargers. Should Carpenter prove unable to suit up for a second consecutive contest, journeyman Justin McCray would be in line for another start.

December 4, 2020 04:00 PM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Sitting out Week 13
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

The 31-year-old sustained the groin injury during Week 12 and will miss at least one game as a result. Matt Hennessy filled in at left guard after Carpenter exited last week, though Justin McCray could also be in the mix.

December 3, 2020 12:08 AM
Falcons' James Carpenter: DNP to kick off practice week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (groin) did not participate during Wednesday's practice session, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Carpenter was carted off the field during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 43-6 win over the Raiders, opening the door for third-round rookie Matt Hennessy to collect nine snaps at left guard to close out the game. The veteran's status is so far not looking promising for an approaching Sunday matchup against the Saints, but he will have two more opportunities to take on-field reps before the practice week is up.

November 29, 2020 05:16 PM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Picks up groin injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter was carted off the field with a groin injury during Sunday's win over the Raiders, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

The starting left guard was replaced by Matt Hennessy for the remainder of the game. Carpenter will aim to return for next week's game against the Saints.

September 22, 2020 12:32 AM
Falcons' James Carpenter: In control of left guard position
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter fielded 70 of 75 offensive snaps during Sunday's 40-39 loss to the Cowboys.

There was a period of training camp when the left guard job was very much considered up for grabs, but Carpenter's veteran presence has so far been preferred on the offensive line during game action. A knee injury in a late August scrimmage curtailed Matt Hennessy's pursuit of the role, but even with him being re-activated for Weeks 1 and 2, Carpenter played 85 percent of the offensive snaps. Carpenter appears to be the clear No. 1 option at left guard until further notice, especially with Atlanta only allowing three sacks through two games (surrendered 3.1 per contest in 2019).

September 13, 2020 12:44 PM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Set to start Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter went through warmups with the first-team offensive line prior to Sunday's game against the Seahawks, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

This development would indicate that the veteran has a slight leg-up on third-round rookie Matt Hennessy, who had his pursuit of a starting role curtailed by a knee injury suffered Aug. 28. Hennessy is active and available for Sunday's tilt, but it appears that Carpenter will get the first opportunity at left guard against his former team of four years.

September 2, 2020 11:36 AM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Returns to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter has made it back onto the practice field after sitting out Monday's session with an undisclosed issue, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The 2013-14 Super Bowl Champion is available once again for the Falcons, as he continues to vie for the starting left guard job. During his debut campaign in Atlanta last year, Carpenter assumed that role 11 times out of a possible 16 games while battling with injury. Rookie Matt Hennessy, meanwhile, had been substantially cutting into first-team reps at left guard before banging his knee during Friday's scrimmage. He remains day-to-day but is expected back in the near future to resume a crucial position battle with Carpenter.

September 1, 2020 09:08 PM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Sits out Monday's session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (undisclosed) was a non-participant during Monday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

The 31-year-old does not have a specific issue of note, as Dan Quinn did not identify Carpenter as a player dealing with injury during his media session Monday. The nine-year NFL veteran has sat out 11 games since the start of the 2018 season after missing three total starts between 2013 and 2017 as a member of the Seahawks and Jets. Last year a concussion ended Carpenter's season in late November, but as of Friday's scrimmage, he found himself in a battle with rookie Matt Hennessy for the starting job at left guard.

August 22, 2020 11:00 PM
Falcons' James Carpenter: In battle for left guard spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter is competing with Matt Gono and rookie Matt Hennessy for the starting job at left guard, Matthew Tabeek of the Falcons' official site reports.

The 31-year-old struggled with inconsistent play and injury during 2019, committing seven penalties and allowing four sacks before landing on injured reserve Dec. 20 with a concussion. Carpenter also battled with hip, groin and knee injuries throughout the campaign, and he ultimately only suited up for 11 regular-season contests while posting a subpar Pro Football Focus performance grade of 45.3. So far in camp, Carpenter, Gono and Hennessy have all taken first-team snaps, but a clear-cut favorite has yet to be determined.

December 20, 2019 07:20 PM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Moves to injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

The 30-year-old suffered the concussion against the Saints on Thanksgiving Day and will end up missing the final four games of the season. Carpenter struggled with injury and inconsistency in 2019 and finishes the year with 11 starts.

December 14, 2019 12:56 AM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Ruled out Week 15
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (concussion) is out for Sunday's matchup against San Francisco, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Carpenter was a fixture at guard for the Falcons in the early going of 2019, playing all 349 of Atlanta's offensive snaps between Weeks 1 and 5. Since then, however, partially marred by injury and partially set back by inconsistent play, Carpenter's season has gone downhill. He momentarily shifted into a work-share situation between Weeks 6 and 7 before resuming his typical full-time role Weeks 10 through 13, but he suffered a concussion Thanksgiving night against the Saints and has not yet been able to return to the field.

December 12, 2019 12:16 AM
Falcons' James Carpenter: Sits out practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carpenter (concussion) was a non-participant for Wednesday's practice session, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

Atlanta may be without one of its starting offensive guards yet again Week 15, which is bad news considering that San Francisco ranks No. 3 in the NFL with 45 sacks. The Falcons have dealt with a plethora of injuries along the interior offensive line in 2019. The concussion Carpenter suffered during a Thanksgiving loss to New Orleans was yet another hit to an Atlanta front five that ranks 31st with 106 QB hits surrendered on the year. He hasn't yet been ruled out for Sunday's upcoming matchup, but Carpenter will have to clear the concussion protocol before suiting up against the 49ers.

 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-5/321
Birthdate:
03/22/1989
Age:
31
Hometown:
Augusta, GA
School:
Alabama
NFL Experience:
10
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