Alford collected five tackles during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns.
The sixth-year defensive back has dealt with an ankle injury for the past two weeks, but his level of play overall this season has been well below par. Alford owns a season-long performance grade of 48.5 from Pro Football Focus, a career low for him, and easily the worst of any of the Falcons' top four cornerbacks. After the Atlanta secondary got diced up by Baker Mayfield on Sunday (85 percent completion rate, three passing touchdowns), Alford and the defensive backs look to get back on track in Week 11 taking on Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' bottom five pass offense (194 yards per game).
Alford was a full participant in Friday's practice after having been limited to begin the week. The starting cornerback will return to Atlanta's lineup after missing last week's win over the Redskins, and he'll attempt to contain Baker Mayfield and the Browns on Sunday.
Alford (ankle) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Alex Smith racked up 306 passing yards against the Falcons in Week 9, as Alford missed his first game of 2018 (in fact, his absence snapped a streak of 46 consecutive starts). Isaiah Oliver was exposed in Alford's stead, as Josh Doctson elevated over the rookie in the end zone for a second-quarter touchdown. Atlanta would rejoice if Alford proves healthy enough to return to the lineup against Cleveland, with Baker Mayfield coming off a 297-yard passing outing against the Chiefs in his last time out.
Alford (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Redskins, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Alford wasn't able to participate at practice this week after playing through the injury Week 7, with the Falcons bye apparently not providing enough recovery time. Isaiah Oliver will make his second career start at cornerback in his absence, as Alford streak of 46 straight starts is snapped.
Alford (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Alford was unable to partake in Atlanta's practice on his 30th birthday Thursday, casting doubt as to whether he will be able to extend his streak of 46 consecutive starts. Alford played through a bum ankle in Atlanta's Week 7 win over the Giants, but it remains to be seen if he'll active for Sunday's tilt with Washington. If the veteran cornerback is unable to go against Alex Smith and the Redskins' No. 26 passing attack, rookie Isaiah Oliver is slotted to make his second career start.
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