Falcons Get Good News With Drake London Injury Update Ahead of Week 1

The Atlanta Falcons received some good news with the latest Drake London injury update ahead of Week 1.
The Atlanta Falcons received some good news with the latest Drake London injury update ahead of Week 1. / (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Atlanta Falcons fans got just a glimpse of rookie wide receiver Drake London before he went down with a knee injury during the team's preseason opener back on Aug. 12. He's been sidelined since, prompting questions about his availability for the start of the regular season.

Thankfully the Falcons got some good news on London ahead of their Week 1 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

Drake London Injury Update

London returned to practice for the first time since his injury on Monday. He was spotted working with the trainers, which is a good start, although he'll need to show he's 100% before being cleared for Week 1.

Head coach Arthur Smith indicated as much on Monday. Though Smith didn't give much away in terms of London's availability, he did say that the USC product is "progressing" in his rehab.

Smith's penchant for not giving away much means fans might not get clarity on London's status until this weekend.

Hopefully London is able to suit up on Sunday. He could slot in as Marcus Mariota's top wide receiver option from the jump and form an athletic receiving duo alongside tight end Kyle Pitts. Otherwise, veteran Bryan Edwards and incumbent Olamid Zaccheaus would be Mariota's leading wideouts against a staunch New Orleans defense.

FanDuel Sportsbook's Week 1 NFL odds currently peg the Falcons as 5.5-point home underdogs to begin the year versus the Saints, although London could give Atlanta a much-needed boost if he's available.

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