According to the Falcons’ injury report on Wednesday and Thursday, the team is resting the veteran, who is dealing with a knee injury.
On the bright side, Patterson was the only player listed on Atlanta’s injury report ahead of Week 4’s matchup against the Cleveland Browns.
ESPN’s Michael Rothstein reported that Patterson declined to speak to the media, however, he said that he would speak on Sunday.
Rothstein also made note that Sunday could potentially mean a bigger role for the Falcons’ rookie running back.
What Happens If Patterson Misses Week 4?
If Patterson for some reason does end up being sidelined against Cleveland, the Falcons will have to rely on rookie running back Tyler Allgeier and/or Avery Williams as Rothstein noted.
Allgeier was inactive for Atlanta’s season opener but played in Week 1 and Week 2, logging 55 yards on 16 attempts for an average of 3.4 yards per carry.
Despite seeing very little action, head coach Arthur Smith has been overall impressed with the 2022 third-round pick’s contribution thus far,
“I’ve been pleased with a lot of those young guys,” Smith said earlier this week. “Tyler (Allgeier), Bernie (Jared Bernhardt), Frank Darby. Frank’s done a good job with the plan and I’m happy to see him out there contributing; Feleipe (Franks) a little bit. We’ve got so many young guys that are stepping up.”
Allgeier also has a very impressive preseason where he showed off his versatility.
He ran for 25 yards on three carries in Atlanta’s first preseason game against the Detroit Lions. On one of those carries, he ran for 15 yards.
He also chipped in on some blocking, which ultimately resulted in Desmond Ridder throwing a game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Jared Bernhardt.
Allgeier Made History at BYU
Allgeier joined the Falcons following back-to-back seasons where he notched over 1,000 rushing yards. He currently owns the fifth-most rushing yards and second-most career touchdowns in BYU history.
His best season yet came last fall when he logged a single-season record of 1,601 yards, 1,606 yards and 23 touchdowns on 5.8 yards per carry, while adding 28 catches for 199 receiving yards as a junior in 2021.
Allgeier came to Atlanta with versatility after having played at running back linebacker, but his focus with the team remains at running back.
“The Falcons are getting a fantastic football player and an incredibly humble and hardworking teammate with the physical versatility and football IQ to contribute in many different ways,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said via KSL.com. “He is the kind of person who will always succeed and improve. I am excited for Tyler. I look forward to following his NFL career.”
Sitake must be happy with what he’s seen from his former running back thus far in the NFL and let’s hope he can keep it up as he potentially takes on a bigger role in Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns.