The Atlanta Falcons are getting a major boost for their Week 9 showdown with the Los Angeles Chargers, as one of their top players will make his return to the field.
It was announced on Saturday that star running back Cordarrelle Patterson was officially activated from the IR and will suit up against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Cordarrelle Patterson Injury Update
While the news isn't surprising given Patterson's progress over the last few weeks, it's an encouraging development for the Falcons nevertheless. Patterson hasn't played since Week 4 due to a knee injury, but he's ready to return for Atlanta after practicing all week.
The four-time Pro Bowler will rejoin a Falcons squad that has surprisingly taken over first place in the NFC South during his absence. Patterson will try to help Atlanta stay in front of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend with a home win over Los Angeles.
It's currently unclear what kind of role Patterson will have in his first game back or how much he'll play, Tyler Allgeier and Caleb Huntley have stepped up to lead the backfield in his absence, and it's possible that Patterson could be on a snap count.
Whatever Patterson's role is, he's always a threat to make an impact whenever he's on the field. Before going down, the hybrid back had racked up 368 total yards and 3 touchdowns in just four games.
Patterson will look to help push the Falcons above .500 for the first time this season in Week 9. Atlanta is currently listed as a 3-point home underdog against Los Angeles on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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