Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow, who’s recovering from a knee surgery, will start against the undefeated Carolina Panthers on Sunday, coach Dan Quinn said on Friday.
“Worrilow looked a lot better, so I’m pumped to see him back,” Quinn said. “He’s looking good.”
Worrilow, who leads the Falcons with 90 tackles, missed last week’s game against Jacksonville. He returned to practice on Wednesday and has suffered no set backs.
“I know for us, we love the communications that he brings,” Quinn said. “He’s a guy who makes all of the calls. That familiarity is back. Knowing that he’s coming back (from an injury) we’ll rotate him in with Nate (Stupar).”
Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (shoulder) and running back Tevin Coleman (concussion) were ruled out for Sunday’s game.
Defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman (knee) was limited in practice.
Jarrett had been playing strong in the Falcons’ nickel package and allowed Quinn to move Adrian Clayborn to defensive end.
“We worked (Joey) Mbu in there,” Quinn said. “And we’ll work Malliciah Goodman in there some.”
Coleman slipped in the shower on Wednesday and suffered a concussion.
“He was doing better today,” Quinn said. “He’s seeing the doctors and going through the protocol. I’m anticipating moving forward from here incrementally.”
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