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Cordarrelle Patterson to be Saturday decision for Week 9 vs. Chargers

We break down the news that Cordarrelle Patterson has a knee injury. What it means for Week 9 and beyond.

Cordarrelle Patterson #84 of the Atlanta Falcons stiff arms Denzel Ward #21 of the Cleveland Browns as he runs in for a touchdown in the first quarter of the game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Friday update: Falcons coach Arthur Smith says they have yet to make a decision on if they’ll activate Patterson or not, per Kevin Knight. We should know on Saturday.

Thursday update: Patterson isn’t on the injury report for Thursday ahead of Week 9 vs. the Chargers.

The Atlanta Falcons could get Cordarrelle Patterson back as early as this week, as he will practice on Wednesday and has been designated to return from injured reserve, per Michael Rothstein.

Patterson was dealing with a knee injury and when he went on I.R., the timetable was the same ad the mandatory four weeks needed to be out. But, he will return to a crowded backfield, with Damien Williams also eligible to return.

Fantasy football implications for Week 9

While Patterson was out, Tyler Allgeier led the backfield, but played about 50-60% of the snaps, while Caleb Huntley and Keith Smith also saw work. And last week, despite only playing 35% of the snaps, Huntley had 16 carries to Allgeier’s 14, as they split touches almost evenly.

Patterson would return as a key piece of the backfield, but he likely wouldn’t take over. After Damien Williams was hurt early in in Week 1, Patterson had a similar split with Allgeier.