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.
Falcons TE Kyle Pitts (hamstring) said he believes he'll play Sunday. Needs 50 yards to set the NFL's record for rookie tight end receiving yard.— Josh Kendall (@JoshTheAthletic) January 6, 2022
"My biggest priority now is to beat the Saints because it’s the last game and they’re a divisional opponent and it’s the Saints."
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.