Dan Quinn announced Friday that rookie first-round pick Chris Lindstrom will be activated off of injured reserve and added to the Falcons' 53-man roster for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Quinn also said Lindstrom would start at guard for the Falcons (3-9) against the Panthers (5-7), marking the first time he'll start and play in a game since landing on IR after the season opener. Atlanta selected Lindstrom with the 14th-overall pick in April's NFL Draft, and he rose up the depth chart throughout the offseason earning a starting role on the offense heading into the season. Although he is returning to action after recovering from his foot injury, it's unlikely Lindstrom will play the full game.
"I think he had a good week," Quinn said. "You always want to look at his conditioning and where he's at, but we'll keep a close eye on him and work him through. He's definitely ready to go, he had a good week. He's not going to play every play, but he's going to get his snaps in for sure. He's chomping at the bit to get rolling."
The Falcons have struggled to find consistency along the offensive line this season after drafting Lindstrom and right tackle Kaleb McGary and adding guard James Carpenter and Jamon Brown in free agency this offseason. By slotting Lindstrom back into the lineup alongside McGary, the Falcons will get a better sense of where they stand moving forward with those two young players.