Six Falcons not playing in first NFL preseason game against Detroit Lions

DETROIT, MI – The Falcons announced Friday afternoon that six players did not travel to Detroit ahead of the organization’s first preseason game against the Lions on Friday night.

Bryan Edwards, Marlon Davidson, Troy Andersen, Nick Kwiatkoski, Jaylinn Hawkins and Isaiah Oliver did not make the trip.

Edwards has been dealing with a shoulder injury for the past week after landing awkwardly two Saturdays ago. He has been wearing a yellow non-contact jersey since. Marlon Davidson missed the last two practices, with Arthur Smith telling local media that if it was serious he would update accordingly.

As for the two inside linebackers — Andersen and Kwiatkoski — there have been no reports on their statuses this week, although Kwiatkoski missed Wednesday’s practice on the field.

During Wednesday’s practice, Hawkins was looked at by trainers on the sideline with what appeared to be a problem in his lower left leg. Meanwhile, Oliver is still working his way back to 100 percent after ACL surgery last season.

It should also be noted that Jalen Mayfield was not included in the list, indicating that he will likely play on Friday night after Smith confirmed that he has been working through a lower back injury. He missed a few practices late last week but was back this week in preparation for Detroit. Smith said the expectation is that if a player is healthy, they will play. So if Mayfield made the trip, he’ll at least see a little bit of action.

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