Falcons injury report: Todd Gurley good to go, Ricardo Allen out

The Falcons will be without some key starters on Sunday against the Chargers

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The Falcons will be without some key starters on Sunday against the Chargers. It was announced on Friday that Julio Jones would be out for the game due to a hamstring injury, but the injury report reveals a couple more starters who will miss action.

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Safety Ricardo Allen has been ruled out due to a concussion and offensive guard James Carpenter will miss his second straight game due to a groin injury. Running back Todd Gurley did not participate in Friday's practice, but he often receives one day of rest per week and is not listed on the final game report, suggesting he will play on Sunday. Also of note, Kaleb McGary is listed as questionable due to a personal matter, and offensive line assistant Bob Kronenberg will not travel with the team. Diversity coaching fellow Nick Jones will handle Kronenberg's duties on Sunday.

Here is the Falcons' injury report from Friday:

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PlayerInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame status
RB Todd GurleyKneeLimited participationLimited participationDid not participateN/A
S Keanu NealAnkleLimited participationLimited participationLimited participationN/A
DE Dante FowlerHamstringLimited participationLimited participationLimited participationN/A
RB Ito SmithNeckLimited participationLimited participationFull participationN/A
LB Foye OluokunNeckLimited participationLimited participationFull participationN/A
TE Hayden HurstAnkleLimited participationLimited participationLimited participationN/A
DE Jacob Tuioti-MarinerNeckLimited participationLimited participationFull participationN/A
DT Grady JarrettGroinLimited participationLimited participationLimited participationN/A
P Sterling HofrichterRight hamstringDid not participateLimited participationFull participationN/A
WR Julio JonesHamstringDid not participateDid not participateDid not participateOut
S Ricardo AllenConcussionDid not participateDid not participateDid not participateOut
G James CarpenterGroinDid not participateDid not participateDid not participateOut
OT Kaleb McGaryPersonal matterN/ADid not participateDid not participateQuestionable
FB Keith SmithNeckN/AFull participationFull participationN/A

What it means

The absence of Julio Jones is obviously a big deal. The Chargers have one of the league's best pass defenses, and Jones can completely warp a team's coverage with his presence alone. Now, Calvin Ridley will be the team's top option at receiver. Ricardo Allen's absence is also noteworthy, as the Falcons are already without Damontae Kazee, who has been on IR for most of the season. When James Carpenter missed last week's game against the Saints, Justin McCray got the start at left guard. That figures to again be the case.

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