The details have come out concerning Mike Johnson's leg injury, and the news isn't good. He has a dislocated ankle and a fractured fibula. He could be out for the rest of the season. GM Thomas Dimitroff has not commented on whether or not Lamar Holmes will indeed fill the Right Tackle position, or if Dimitroff will turn to the free agent market.
The Falcons released their depth chart as well before Mike Johnson was injured. Here are some notes about how the team stands:
TRUFANT VS. ALFORD
Desmond Trufant has the edge. He is the starter at RCB, and Robert McClain is his back up.
Robert Alford is the second string LCB behind veteran Asante Samuel.
PETERS VS. JERRY
At the second DT position, Corey Peters is the first string DT, while Peria Jerry is serving as his back up.
MALLICIAH GOODMAN AND STANSLY MAPONGA
The Falcons drafted these two DEs late in the draft this year and so far, they're both third string players. Goodman is the third string LDE behind Kroy Biermann (1st) and Cliff Matthews (2nd).
Maponga is the third string RDE behind Osi Umenyiora (1st) and Jonathan Massaquoi (2nd).
UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT LINEBACKERS
The linebackers we broke down, who were undrafted free agents, are all on the team right now. Joplo Bartu is the third string OLB behind Sean Weatherspoon and Robert James.
Nick Clancy is the second string on the other OLB position behind Stephen Nicholas. Paul Worrilow is the third string OLB behind Nicholas and Clancy.
With Weatherspoon's injury, expect Bartu and James to see a lot of action tomorrow against Cincinatti in the team's first preseason game.
Bradie Ewing is the first string fullback and his injury last week appears to be minor. We should be getting our first real look at him tomorrow if he's ready to go.
4th WIDE RECEIVER
Kevin Cone is the third string receiver at one of the receiver positions behind Julio Jones and Harry Douglas.
Martel Moore on the other hand, who has looked very good in our two visits to training camp, is the 4th string wide out behind Cone. So it appears for now, that Cone is winning this position battle.
KICK RETURNER AND PUNT RETURNER
RB Jacquizz Rodgers is slated as the first kick returner, and CB Dominique Franks is listed as the fist string punt returner.
Harry Douglas and Robrert Alford have been getting reps at both of these positions, so they're still in the running as well. Harry Douglas is listed as the second kick returner, while there are no players mentioned as the second punt returner.
So that's how the unknown parts of the depth chart are breaking down. The rest of it is pretty similar to what the Falcons had last season. If you want to view the entire depth chart, you can do so here per atlantafalcons.com.
Tomorrow is our first preseason game, Falcons fans! We'll be giving live updates on twitter during the game. We will post a preview before the game, and a full recap afterwards.
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