Falcons injury report: Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Todd Gurley limited

Six starters were limited for Atlanta on Wednesday, and starting lineman James Carpenter was held out

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Ahead of a big rematch against the red-hot New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons started practice with six starters operating in a limited capacity.

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Among those limited are wide receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley as well as starting running back Todd Gurley. Both Jones and Gurley missed the Falcons' win against the Las Vegas Raiders, but their availability could prove to be the difference on Sunday. Also limited on Wednesday were kicker Younghoe Koo, defensive end Dante Fowler and tight end Hayden Hurst.

Here is the Falcons' injury report from Wednesday:

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PlayerInjuryWednesday
FB Keith SmithKneeFull participation
WR Calvin RidleyFoot/AnkleLimited participation
DE Dante FowlerHamstringLimited participation
WR Julio JonesHamstringLimited participation
RB Todd GurleyKneeLimited participation
TE Hayden HurstAnkleLimited participation
K Younghoe KooRight quadLimited participation
CB Kendall SheffieldIllnessDid not participate
G James CarpenterGroinDid not participate

What it means

Although the Falcons didn't need Jones and Gurley to throttle the Raiders, it wouldn't hurt to have them back for this rematch. Atlanta's offense struggled to get going against New Orleans in the first meeting, and Jones's absence for much of the game played into that. The Falcons' defense is emerging and has proved it can win games for Atlanta, but it might need all hands on deck this weekend for both sides of the ball.

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