Falcons injury report: Takk McKinley held out of practice

McKinley was the only player who was unable to practice during the Falcons' return to the practice fields

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After spending a day away from the practice fields to begin a short week, the Atlanta Falcons returned to action with a game looming in just two day.

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Atlanta estimated five players as limited on Monday, but defensive end Takk McKinley was unable to participate in Tuesday's session. He is dealing with a lingering groin injury but was able to play in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions. Outside of McKinley, the Falcons had four players listed as limited for practice.

Here is the Falcons' injury report from Tuesday:

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PlayerInjuryMondayTuesday
WR Russell GageKneeLimited participationLimited participation
WR Julio JonesHipLimited participationLimited participation
DE Takk McKinleyGroinLimited participationDid not participate
C Alex MackKneeLimited participationLimited participation
T Kaleb McGaryElbowLimited participationLimited participation

Here is the Panthers' injury report from Tuesday:

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PlayerInjuryMondayTuesday
G John MillerAnkleDid not participateLimited participation
T Russell OkungCalfDid not participateDid not participate
CB Eli AppleHamstringFull participationDid not participate
DE Marquis HaynesKneeFull participationFull participation
DE Efe ObadaBackFull participationFull participation
DT Zach KerrToeN/ADid not participate

What it means

Although it's not reflected on the Panthers' injury report, the biggest injury question of the week is the health of running back Christian McCaffrey. The All-Pro running back missed the first meeting with the Falcons while on injured reserve due to a high ankle sprain. Carolina designated McCaffrey to return from IR this week, but head coach Matt Rhule says the team is still waiting to see how he fares throughout the week leading up to the game before making a final decision. With news breaking on Tuesday that the Panthers have released cornerback Eli Apple, that is also of consequence for Thursday night.

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