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Kyle Pitts questionable for Week 18 matchup with Saints

We break down the news that Kyle Pitts is dealing with a hamstring injury for Week 18

Kyle Pitts #8 of the Atlanta Falcons after the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York. Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images

Friday update: Pitts was able to get in limited work on Thursday and Friday and is questionable to play. He is likely trying to play so he can break the rookie record for receiving yards in a season. But whatever the reason, he has a shot at playing.

Thursday update: Pitts believes he will play in Week 18.

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts wasn’t seen at the start of practice on Wednesday, per D. Orlando Ledbetter. The rookie injured his hamstring in Week 17 and couldn’t finish the game. Pitts still needs 50 yards to break the rookie tight end record for most receiving yards.

With the Falcons out of the playoff hunt, there is no reason for Pitts to play if he’s not 100 percent healthy, which seems unlikely. It has been a bad year for the Falcons, but their No. 1 pick played well and is set to be one of the premiere tight ends in the league for years to come.

Fantasy football implications

If Pitts can’t play this week against the Saints, then Hayden Hurst should get the lead work. Hurst was just removed from the COVID-19 list and should be ready to go. They are taking on a Saints team that needs a win to have a shot at the playoffs, while the Falcons have nothing to play for.