The Atlanta Falcons probably don’t have a shot to make a run at the playoffs in 2013.
With that in mind, the Falcons could still salvage the season from being a complete wash if they can get healthy in the coming weeks. But since this team was built around a dominant passing game, there won’t be much of a recovery if Atlanta’s two big-name receivers don’t come back.
Starting with Julio Jones – the third-year phenom who was on a near-record pace for receiving yards – it’s going to be a while before his fractured foot is fixed and ready for action. It’ll be anywhere from six to 12 weeks, according to a report by The Falcoholic.
Roddy White is a different story. Through five games, he has just 14 catches for 129 yards – a good game in most of his healthy seasons, not a five-game stretch.
White’s been plagued by an ankle injury all season, limiting his ability to get open. Now, he also has a pulled hamstring suffered during the loss to the New York Jets that won’t help matters. Perhaps a couple of weeks off will be the only way to get White healthy, but another receiver sitting out is the last thing the Falcons need right now.
So Atlanta’s left with a receiver corps made up of Harry Douglas, Kevin Cone and Drew Davis to make plays and help get tight end Tony Gonzalez open. That’s not a recipe for success, and it will leave quarterback Matt Ryan vulnerable against defenses.
It’s one thing to be hopeful the Falcons figure it out and put together a miracle comeback, but with so many key pieces on the injury list, it’s hard to see a postseason berth becoming a reality.