After injuring a toe on his left foot in last Sunday’s loss to Seattle, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said that he was hopeful that it wouldn’t turn out to be that bad.
It remains bad enough that Gonzalez missed practice on Wednesday. Gonzalez was clearly limited by the injury during the Seahawks game and a continued absence from practice on Thursday would not be a good sign for his chances of playing against the Buccaneers.
Gonzalez has been uncommonly durable over the course of his career, missing just two games because of injury and none since the 2006 season. In this season where nothing seems to go right for Atlanta, though, even Gonzalez’s durability may wind up in the dustbin.
If Gonzalez can’t play, Levine Toilolo is likely to see an increase in playing time with the first team.