The bye week comes at a perfect time as a few key players for Atlanta are dealing with significant injuries.
“We expect [Tevin Coleman] to be fully participating in the Arizona week after the bye,” Quinn said. “Jacob Tamme will be out, he’s going to get a second opinion and consultation on a possible surgery for his shoulder. We are hopeful [Trufant] will be back practicing the Arizona week, as well. He’s improving with his shoulder.”
Prior to injuring his shoulder versus Green Bay, Tamme was a vital part of Atlanta’s offensive success recording 22 catches for 210 yards and three touchdowns. With Tamme sidelined, the Falcons have relied heavily on rookie
Getting Coleman on the field gives the Falcons’ offense their “X-factor” back. Despite missing three games with a hamstring injury, Coleman ranks No. 3 on Atlanta’s receiving yards list with 330 yards and one touchdown. He’s also showed how impactful he can be in the red zone having notched five touchdowns on the ground.
Trufant is an integral part of Quinn’s young defense—one that relies heavily on the leadership of their Pro Bowl cornerback.
Atlanta sits at 6-4 on the year with five of their last six regular season games coming against NFC opponents, making for the return of these key players that much more important.