Falcons DE Takk McKinley again ruled out with groin injury

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Defensive end Takk McKinley has been ruled out of the Atlanta Falcons' game at the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night with a groin injury.

It will mark the fourth game in the past six weeks McKinley has been held out because of the injury. He had one tackle in last week's 23-22 loss to Detroit but has not practiced this week.

McKinley, a first-round draft pick in 2017, could be a candidate to be traded before Tuesday's deadline. The Falcons did not pick up McKinley’s fifth-year option before the season.

When asked if he expected to have McKinley on the roster next week, Falcons defensive co-ordinator Jeff Ulbrich said Wednesday “I have no idea.”

With McKinley again inactive against the Panthers, there will be more playing time for Allen Bailey, Charles Harris and Steven Means.

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