The Atlanta Falcons (4-5) will be without one of the key members of their secondary when they face the Arizona Cardinals (1-8) in Week 10. Nickel cornerback Dee Alford has been ruled out of Sunday’s game due to an ankle injury.
The rookie has played exclusively played on special teams, but it’s likely we see him taking some reps on defense this weekend. Falcons head coach Arthur Smith is confident that Phillips can get the job done.
“We have a lot of confidence in Clark,” Smith told reporters on Friday after Alford was ruled out for Week 10.
Falcons HC Arthur Smith said CB Clark Phillips III has been working well.
"We have a lot confidence in Clark." Said both he and Mike Hughes will play Sunday.
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) November 10, 2023
Phillips was considered a steal in the fourth round due to his versatility and NFL readiness. However, he hasn’t gotten much playing time this season due to the team’s improved depth at defensive back.
Along with Alford, the Falcons have ruled out wide receiver Mack Hollins for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. Defensive lineman David Onyemata was listed as questionable on the official injury report.