FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – After suffering a calf injury this week, Falcons' starting center Alex Mack is questionable to play on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said they'll wait until Sunday to make the decision on if Mack will play or not.
"He is really pushing it to get ready," Quinn said of Mack. "This is one of the toughest competitors around so we are going to give him every opportunity to play at his best."
The Falcons will be without tight end Levine Toilolo who is dealing with a knee injury.
And after missing three games with a triceps injury, Andy Levitre returned to practice all week in a limited capacity. If Mack is unable to go, Ben Garland is the backup center for the Falcons.
"I feel better at guard because what I've seen from Wes and Andy," Quinn said of the recent injuries on his offensive line. "They're much closer to being full [go] then they've been in a while – certainly Andy."
Atlanta's offensive line will have their hands full against Carolina's formidable defensive front that features defensive end Julius Peppers, Kawann Short, Mario Addison and Charles Johnson. The Panthers' defense ranks No. 6 in the league against the run and No. 3 in sacks.
Three players are questionable for Carolina, most notably safety Kurt Coleman with an ankle injury. If Coleman is unable to go, Colin James is listed behind him on the depth chart. CB LaDarius Gunter (illness) and guard Trai Turner (concussion) are the other two players who are questionable.