Tony Gonzalez injury: Falcons TE will play vs. Bucs

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons tight end will play on Sunday after missing parts of practice this past week with a toe injury.

Atlanta Falcons veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez will start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reports Jay Glazer of CBS Sports.

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Gonzalez was listed as a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup after being limited in practice on Friday with a toe injury. The veteran tight end and future Hall of Famer has been steady for the Falcons' passing attack this season, but has been limited the past three weeks with just 12 total catches. The Falcons lost all three games.

The 17-year veteran has 505 yards on 47 receptions this season with four touchdowns, aiding a Falcons passing attack that is No. 6 in the NFL at 275 yards per game. Atlanta has struggled significantly in the running game and rank last in the league with just 64.3 yards on the ground per game.

The Falcons, 2-7 on the season and losers of three straight games, kick off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1 p.m. ET.

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