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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PlayerInjuryWednesdayThursday
DE Jacob Tuioti-MarinerKneeFull participationFull participation
DT Tyeler DavisonAnkleLimited participationFull participation
T Jake MatthewsKneeDid not participateLimited participation
DT Marlon DavidsonKneeLimited participationLimited participation
DE Charles HarrisAnkleLimited participationLimited participation
CB Kendall SheffieldFootDid not participateDid not participate
WR Julio JonesHamstringDid not participateDid not participate
S Damontae KazeeHipDid not participateLimited participation
S Ricardo AllenElbowDid not participateDid not participate
C Alex MackVeteran restN/ADid not participate
LB Foye OluokunHamstringDid not participateLimited participation
DE Dante Fowler Jr.AnkleDid not participateDid not participate
T Kaleb McGaryKneeDid not participateDid not participate
TE Luke StockerHipLimited participationDid not participate
DE Takk McKinleyGroinDid not participateDid not participate

Here is the Bears' full injury report from Wednesday:

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PlayerInjuryWednesday
TE Cole KmetShoulderFull participation
WR Anthony MillerCalfFull participation
WR Darnell MooneyQuadFull participation
OLB Robert QuinnAnkleFull participation
WR Allen RobinsonKneeFull participation
OLB Khalil MackKneeLimited participation
WR Ted Ginn Jr.Veteran restDid not participate
TE Jimmy GrahamVeteran restDid not participate
NT John JenkinsThumbDid not participate
ILB Danny TrevathanVeteran restDid 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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