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Falcons first-round rookie OL Chris Lindstrom will return vs. Panthers

Chris Lindstrom, Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons are hoping to get back into the win column as they get et to host the Carolina Panthers in Week 14. Fortunately, it appears they will finally be at full strength on the offensive side of the ball.

Wide receiver Julio Jones and tight end Austin Hooper are expected to play versus the Panthers. It seems offensive lineman Chris Lindstrom is also going to be back in the mix, via the team’s official Twitter:

It is undoubtedly encouraging to see that the offense has been restored back to full health for the final stretch of the 2019 NFL season. This should bode well for their efforts to end a two-game skid against a Carolina team that just parted ways with head coach Ron Rivera following a disappointing year of their own.

Atlanta made quite the investment when they took Lindstrom with the 14th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He managed to justify their selection by being pegged as the starter at right guard to being the 2019 campaign. Unfortunately, his career got off to a rocky start after suffering a broken foot in the season opener and was placed on injured reserve.

The Falcons are hoping that Lindstrom’s return will provide a much-needed spark to the offensive line. There is no question that this group has struggled mightily to protect quarterback Matt Ryan this season. Although it remains to be seen just how much the rookie will be involved, guards Jamon Brown and Wes Schweitzer will need to kick their play up a notch if they do not want to be replaced.