Matthews, Others 'Toughing it Out' Through Pain

Falcons head coach Mike Smith held up his arms during his Monday press conference and told the media that the team has a list "this long" of players banged up after six weeks of the regular season.

With six players on season-ending injured reserve, one on injured reserve with the designation to return and two more on the physically unable to perform list, the Falcons certainly have a list of players that could fill up the space Smith gestured with his arms.

Several players, however, are gutting it out and performing despite being banged up, and Smith gave an update on them Monday.

Left tackle Jake Matthews had a rough outing Sunday against the Bears after spending most of the previous week limited in practice because of a nagging ankle injury. Smith said the rookie has been holding his own and fighting through some pain with the ankle.

The Falcons are back in the Georgia Dome Sunday afternoon to take on the Chicago Bears. The players and coaches will wear pink to raise awareness for breast cancer.

"Jake has done a very good job of dealing with that ankle all through this season," Smith said. "I'm not going to say that it's affecting his play. I think that he's toughing it out in practice and in the games."

Rookie linebacker Prince Shembo, who did not play in Sunday's game despite being listed as probable, was held out due to a knee injury that has been indicated on the injury report the past two weeks. Shembo had been moved into the starting spot on the unofficial depth chart last week, but Joplo Bartu took over in the spot with the injury to Shembo.

Wide receiver Harry Douglas has now missed three straight games with a foot injury suffered in a Week 3 win, but an update was not available Monday on his condition.

Smith said that wide receiver Drew Davis, on the team's physically unable to perform list since before training camp, has been working with trainers and his workload is expected to increase this week. The team, he said, will continue to monitor his condition.

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