It has been revealed that the Falcons will be one of three teams playing a "home" game at Wembley Stadium in London during the 2014 season. This is part of an agreement that will see each NFL team play at least one home game abroad in the coming seasons. It has not been announced who the Falcons will play or on what date.
The NFL International Series has seen regular season NFL games played in London since 2007, with two games being played this season which is increased to three next year. The week 4 Steelers-Vikings game was roundly described as the most successful yet, with a fantastic atmosphere and a real home-away, us-versus-them dynamic. The NFL would seem to agree, despite persistent criticism from parts of the American media.
As a British Falcons fan of over a decade I am absolutely ecstatic to be able to see them compete in the flesh after so long following from afar. Being an overseas NFL fan is an odd experience; you cannot share your passion with the vast majority of people, the timings can be a pain (imagine watching the ends of the Patriots and Jets games at 5am during the work week) and as such the Wembley games have a real community feel to them, as we all share these experiences. The NFL is still a fairly niche sport in the UK, although it's popularity has grown exponentially since I have been following it. I hope to see it grow further.
But what does this have to do with injuries? Gloriously, nothing.