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.
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.