The Falcons (1-2) could be without versatile running back Jason Snelling when they face the Seattle Seahawks (1-2) at 4:05 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
Snelling is in the NFL’s concussion protocol, Falcons coach Mike Smith said during his weekly segment Tuesday on NFL Sirius radio.
Snelling suffered what was announced as a “head” injury during Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay and did not return to action.
Snelling backs up fullback Ovie Mughelli and running back Michael Turner. He also plays on most of the special team units.
Snelling was the teams’ third leading receiver last season. But he has just two carries for 10 yards and eight catches for 43 yards this season as he’s splitting the backup running back spot with rookie Jacquizz Rodgers.
Snelling will have to clear the league’s protocol to return to practice.
Also, Smith said that linebacker Stephen Nicholas, who didn’t play against Tampa Bay, suffered a calf strain in practice last Friday.
Cornerback Kelvin Hayden (hamstring) and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee) were also inactive against the Bucs.
The team will release its official injury report that’s mandated by league rules on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog