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  • Falcons' Derrick Shelby: Cleared to face Cowboys

    Shelby (groin) doesn't carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Cowboys, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    Shelby didn't practice Wednesday but was able to practice in a limited capacity Thursday and Friday. The Utah product has played in each of the Falcons' last three games after missing the previous four. In last week's contest against the Browns, Shelby logged four tackles (three solo) over 25 defensive snaps.

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  • Falcons' Mohamed Sanu: Cleared to play

    Sanu (hip) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    After being limited at practice Wednesday and Thursday, Sanu progressed to full participation Friday, thus paving the way for him to remain available this weekend. The presence of fellow receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley limits Sanu's fantasy ceiling to a degree, but he's been serviceable of late in PPR formats in his slot role. Sanu has logged 10 catches for 92 yards on 13 targets over his last two outings.

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Sidelined for Week 11

    Coach Dan Quinn said that Jones (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    The Falcons' decision to activate Jones from injured reserve Monday seemed to suggest the linebacker was on track to play in Week 11. However, after evaluating Jones during the Falcons' three practices this week, Quinn and the Atlanta training staff determined the 24-year-old could benefit from some more time to get up to speed following foot surgery. There's been no indication that Jones suffered any setbacks since being activated from IR, so he should have a decent shot at playing for the first time since the season opener in the Falcons' Thursday night showdown with the Saints in Week 12.

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  • Falcons' Giorgio Tavecchio: Loses job, but sticks on roster

    Tavecchio will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Cowboys but will remain on the Falcons' 53-man roster for the time being, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    Matt Bryant (hamstring) has been cleared to return from a three-game absence and will reprise his usual duties as the Falcons' kicker, but the team apparently wants to see the veteran in a game setting again before moving on from Tavecchio. Should Bryant suffer a setback Sunday, Tavecchio would represent a good insurance policy after converting all five of his field-goal attempts and all eight of his extra-point tries while Bryant was sidelined.

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  • Falcons' Matt Bryant: Cleared to play Week 11

    Bryant (hamstring) will handle the kicking duties for the Falcons in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

    Bryant made it through a full practice Thursday without any setbacks, allowing him to end his streak of absences at three games. He's immediately worthy of consideration in fantasy lineups, given his strong track record in terms of both kicking accuracy and distance in addition to his place on a high-scoring team. Giorgio Tavecchio filled in admirably while Bryant was sidelined and is expected to remain on the roster through the weekend in the event Bryant suffers a recurrence of the hamstring issue Sunday.

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Limited again Thursday

    Jones (foot) was limited in practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    Although Jones was activated from injured reserve Monday, the Falcons will take a cautious approach with the linebacker before clearing him for game action. As evidence, coach Dan Quinn wants Jones' foot to be 100 percent before doing so, according to Kelsey Conway of the team's official site. With back-to-back limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday, Jones may not be there yet. One way or another, Friday's injury report could confirm as much.

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  • Falcons' Matt Bryant: Full practice participant Thursday

    Bryant (hamstring) practiced in full Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    Prior to the session, coach Dan Quinn said Bryant was slated to kick, per Jason Butt of The Athletic. Bryant proceeded to do so, but the Falcons may exercise caution with the 43-year-old before making a final decision on the placekicker for Sunday's game versus the Cowboys. If Bryant gets the all-clear, the Falcons may waive his fill-in (Georgio Tavecchio) to shore up other positions on the roster.

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  • Falcons' Mohamed Sanu: Limited again Thursday

    Sanu (hip) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    Sanu has maintained the same activity level in practice this week, but the hip issue in question hasn't impacted his ability to play on gameday this season. Aside from a two-game stretch Weeks 4 and 5 in which he hauled in 10 of 16 passes for 184 yards and one touchdown, he accounted for 24 catches for 232 yards and two TDs in the Falcons' seven other contests.

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  • Falcons' Robert Alford: Struggling in coverage

    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 Atlanta got diced up by Baker Mayfield on Sunday (85 percent completion rate, three passing touchdowns), Alford and the Falcons secondary look to get back on track in Week 11 facing Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' bottom five pass offense (194 yards per game).

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Drawing closer to return

    Coach Dan Quinn said the team will ensure Jones (foot) is "100 percent" before clearing him to return to game action, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

    After he was activated from injured reserve Monday, Jones was included on Wednesday's injury report, which listed him as a limited participation, per Will McFadden of the team's official site. Quinn's comment seems to indicate this listing will have to change from "limited" to "full" for Jones to be available on gameday. Only time will tell if this is the case, but Jones' first opportunity to return arrives Sunday against the Cowboys.

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  • Falcons' Matt Bryant: No practice Wednesday

    Bryant (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

    Bryant has missed three consecutive games due to a lingering hamstring issue and his absence from Wednesday's practice leaves his availability for Week 11 against the Cowboys in question. If the veteran kicker is unable to suit up Sunday, Giorgio Tavecchio -- who has yet to miss a kick in his three games with the team -- will continue to serve as Bryant's replacement.

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  • Falcons' Derrick Shelby: Not practicing Wednesday

    Shelby (groin) did not practice Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

    Shelby was able to suit up during Atlanta's loss to the Browns in Week 10 despite being listed as questionable due to a groin issue, and still appears to be managing his recovery. It remains to be seen whether the 29-year-old will play against the Cowboys on Sunday. If Shelby is unable to go, Steven Means will serve as the primary backup to Vic Beasley.

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  • Falcons' Mohamed Sanu: Shows up on injury report again

    Sanu (hip) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

    Sanu has become a consistent presence on the injury report thanks to the hip issue, but he's played at least 33 snaps in every game this season, including a season-high 70 during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns. His expanded workload (eight targets) was largely a product of the Falcons playing from behind, though Calvin Ridley (five targets on 53 snaps) didn't benefit in the same way. A Week 11 matchup with the Cowboys appears less than optimal, as only the Lions have given up fewer receptions (96) to wide receivers this season.

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  • Falcons' Marvin Hall: Targeted once in loss

    Hall caught his only target, a 12-yard gain, during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.

    Just three games ago, Hall appeared to turn a corner with a 63-yard performance and just his second career touchdown. Unfortunately, he has just one catch since. Atlanta's passing offense is among the best in the game, but Hall doesn't factor much into it. Seeing as Sunday brings a visit from a top-10 Dallas pass defense, Hall's stock remains low.

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  • Falcons' Justin Hardy: Targeted once in loss

    Hardy caught his only target, a 7-yard gain, during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.

    Despite taking part in a revitalized Falcons pass offense ranked fourth in the league, Hardy has been seldomly used in Atlanta's scheme. Five of Hardy's seven catches this season came during the Falcons' recent three-game winning streak, but -- even then -- he failed to garner much production. Next up is a Dallas pass defense ranked in the top 10 of the league, giving up just 232 yards per game.

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  • Falcons' Foyesade Oluokun: Logs second career start

    Oluokun collected three tackles during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns.

    Oluokun paced all Falcons linebackers with 45 defensive snaps, recording his second start over the past five games during Sunday's loss to Cleveland. From the Ivy League, to a sixth-round draft choice and eventual fill-in for the Deion Jones (foot), Oluokun has played 44 percent of the defensive snaps thus far in 2018. With Jones eligible to suit up Sunday against Dallas upon his recent return from the injured reserve, Oluokun is liable to see a reduction in his workload, though he's carved out at least 20 to 25 defensive snaps per game for himself as a result of steady play in substitute duties.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 89.8
(30th)
337.2
(2nd)
408.9
(6th)
Def. 119.9
(21st)
307.3
(29th)
414.3
(30th)

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