Falcons starting left guard Andy Levitre, who suffered a left triceps injury against Minnesota on Sunday was declared out of Thursday’s game against the Saints by Falcons coach Dan Quinn.
An NFL Media report said Levitre has a partially torn triceps and could miss two to three weeks.
The team would not confirm the report that Levitre is out for two to three weeks.
Levitre being out would be a major blow to the Falcons’ playoff push.
Ben Garland replaced Levitre against Minnesota and played 43 of 53 offensive snaps (81 percent).
Garland earned the lowest grade (40) on the offense from profootballfocus.com.
Garland, who lost the battle to be the starting right guard to Wes Schweitzer, allowed two quarterback hits, was called for holding and gave up two other tackles.
Austin Pasztor, who normally plays tackle, will be an option to be active for the game as the backup guard. Rookie Sean Harlow, a guard, has been inactive for all 12 games.
Pasztor has played in 61 NFL games and made 17 starts.