The Atlanta Falcons (2-0) are back to work as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions (1-1). The team took the field without defensive lineman Calais Campbell on Wednesday as the veteran got the day off for rest.
Falcons defensive back Jeff Okudah continues to practice, although he has yet to make his regular season debut. It sounds like there’s a good chance Okudah plays this weekend against his former team.
Check out Atlanta’s injury updates from Wednesday’s practice below.
Okudah and Patterson practice, Calais Campbell out
Falcons HC Arthur Smith said Calais Campbell will be on a rest day. CB Jeff Okudah (foot) and RB Cordarrelle Patterson (thigh) will practice today. LB Troy Andersen (concussion protocol) also making progress
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) September 20, 2023
Campbell, 37, is getting the day off for rest, which will likely be a weekly thing for the veteran. Okudah and Patterson both practiced all three days last week but did not play in the team’s Week 2 game against the Packers. Check back for each player’s injury status on Wednesday’s report.
Troy Andersen status TBD
Arthur Smith said the Falcons will "see how the week goes" with Troy Andersen (concussion protocol), Cordarrelle Patterson (thigh) and Jeff Okudah (foot). Plan is that they will practice this week, though, similar to last week to see how they feel.
— Tori McElhaney (@tori_mcelhaney) September 20, 2023
The Falcons played without inside linebacker Troy Andersen against the Packers in Week 2 after he was placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Andersen returned to practice last Friday, but he was still ruled out. Andersen’s absence allowed Nate Landman to get the start and the second-year linebacker played well. Landman earned one of the team’s top PFF grades in Week 2.
Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown is day-to-day
#Lions HC Dan Campbell says Amon-Ra St. Brown is "day-to-day" and won't practice today.
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) September 20, 2023
St. Brown has been a force for the Lions, but he won’t practice on Wednesday, according to Falcons head coach Dam Campbell. Thus far in 2023, St. Brown 12 catches for 173 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Lions safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson could return this year
Dan Campbell reiterates "there's a chance" CJ Gardner-Johnson will return this year. CJ is having surgery on his pec, Campbell said it's "a very clean injury."
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 20, 2023
Gardner-Johnson is having surgery for a torn pectoral muscle he suffered during the Lions’ Week 2 loss to the Seahawks. While it initially sounded like the safety would be out for the remainder of the season, there is some hope he’ll return this year. Obviously, he won’t be out there in Week 3 against the Falcons.