Falcons will be short on running backs

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Atlanta Falcons will be without injured running backs Jason Snelling and Antone Smith today.

The two backups highlight Atlanta’s list of inactives. That likely means more work for starter Michael Turner. It also is likely to prompt the Falcons to use Gartrell Johnson as Turner’s backup. Johnson’s had very little playing time this year, but the coaching staff likes him. Keep an eye on Johnson. He could surprise you today.

Also inactive for the Falcons are Dominique Franks, Garrett Reynolds, Mike Johnson, Lawrence Sidbury and Trey Lewis. John Parker Wilson has been designated as the third quarterback.