Falcons injury report: Foye Oluokun, Damontae Kazee show signs of improvement

After missing Wednesday's practice, Oluokun and Kazee took a step forward and practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday

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After holding nine players out of practice on Wednesday, the Falcons had eight players miss practice on Thursday as the team prepares to face the Chicago Bears (2-0) on Sunday.

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There was some positive movement on Thursday, defensive tackle Tyeler Davison was able to practice fully after getting in only a limited amount of work earlier in the week. Starting left tackle Jake Matthews, safety Damontae Kazee and linebacker Foye Oluokun also returned to practice in a limited fashion after missing all of Wednesday's session. The "Did not participate" portion of the list is also inflated by the presence of Alex Mack, who is getting his scheduled veteran rest day, but tight end Luke Stocker is also under that designation after a limited practice on Wednesday.

Here is the full injury report for the Falcons from Thursday:

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Player Injury Wednesday Thursday
DE Jacob Tuioti-Mariner Knee Full participation Full participation
DT Tyeler Davison Ankle Limited participation Full participation
T Jake Matthews Knee Did not participate Limited participation
DT Marlon Davidson Knee Limited participation Limited participation
DE Charles Harris Ankle Limited participation Limited participation
CB Kendall Sheffield Foot Did not participate Did not participate
WR Julio Jones Hamstring Did not participate Did not participate
S Damontae Kazee Hip Did not participate Limited participation
S Ricardo Allen Elbow Did not participate Did not participate
C Alex Mack Veteran rest N/A Did not participate
LB Foye Oluokun Hamstring Did not participate Limited participation
DE Dante Fowler Jr. Ankle Did not participate Did not participate
T Kaleb McGary Knee Did not participate Did not participate
TE Luke Stocker Hip Limited participation Did not participate
DE Takk McKinley Groin Did not participate Did not participate

Here is the Bears' full injury report from Wednesday:

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Player Injury Wednesday
TE Cole Kmet Shoulder Full participation
WR Anthony Miller Calf Full participation
WR Darnell Mooney Quad Full participation
OLB Robert Quinn Ankle Full participation
WR Allen Robinson Knee Full participation
OLB Khalil Mack Knee Limited participation
WR Ted Ginn Jr. Veteran rest Did not participate
TE Jimmy Graham Veteran rest Did not participate
NT John Jenkins Thumb Did not participate
ILB Danny Trevathan Veteran rest Did not participate

What it means

After starting the week with nine players on the injury report, it's not a great sign to see only little movement for Thursday's report. It's possible Atlanta is valuing rest and recovery over preparation for many of the veterans who got banged up against the Cowboys, but the players missing practice figure to play a big role in the game on Sunday if they are able to suit up. The defense especially is impacted by these injuries. Friday's injury report will be very telling for what Atlanta's lineup could look like against Chicago this weekend.

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