Cordarrelle Patterson has long been a fantasy football darling due to his dual threat ability as a rusher and as a pass catcher. Patterson owners in fantasy have unfortunately been without the 31-year-old since the fourth week of the season, though, as he has been sidelined with a knee injury. So when will Cordarrelle Patterson return and be back on the field for the Falcons? Here we will dish out a timeline for when Patterson could rejoin the Atlanta lineup.
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When will Cordarrelle Patterson return and be back with the Falcons?
Many fantasy owners have a gaping hole in their lineup due to Patterson’s absence. So when will Cordarrelle Patterson return and be back in the Falcons’ backfield? We know that Patterson is not eligible to return until Week 9 of the season as the Falcons placed him on IR. Players must sit at least four games when placed on IR. There is no guarantee that he will return in Week 9, although Falcons head coach Arthur Smith did say on October 26 that he imagines Patterson “is close.”
Here is a general timeline of when Patterson could be back.
- Week 9 Sunday, November 6: Chargers at Falcons
- Week 10 Thursday, November 10: Falcons at Panthers
- Week 11 Sunday, November 20: Bears at Falcons
- Week 12 Sunday, November 27: Falcons at Commanders
Update: Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said that “he’ll know more about Cordarrelle Pattson” on Wednesday, Nov. 2, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter.
TheLines’ injury expert, Will Carroll, weighed in on Patterson’s progress.
“Patterson posted a video on October 19 of him sprinting, the first look we’ve gotten at the hybrid back since a ‘knee procedure’ – likely a PRP injection for a mild MCL sprain – but he remains out at least a couple more weeks due to IR-R rules,” Carroll said. “Patterson was sprinting forward, but the knee would be tested with stops and cuts, which we didn’t see. Still, it’s progress and Patterson is getting closer. We’ll want to see cuts over the next week and as close to normal running as possible in practice ahead of his return.”
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Other Falcons have had to step it up on offense with Patterson sidelined. Rookie Drake London has quickly adapted to the NFL game as he led the team in receiving yards by mid-October. View London’s player prop bet options for this week below.