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Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers post-game injury report: what a mess

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What a mess. The Atlanta Falcons couldn't come back in overtime today, handing the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers their third win of the season. I won't lie, I've felt better about the state of this franchise. But there will be plenty of time for that. Let's break down the injuries.

The Falcons lost both their starting cornerbacks today, Desmond Trufant to a back injury and Robert Alford to a groin injury. Trufant was officially diagnosed with a lower back injury. He fell hard trying to defend gargantuan wide receiver Mike Evans. He fell straight onto his lower back from about 4-5 feet in the air. It looked like it hurt.

Starting center Mike Person was injured and had to leave the game twice. Both times he was replaced by James Stone. It appears that his left ankle was the issue, as the trainers taped it and re-taped it in an effort to get him back on the field. Not a great day for Person, who somehow managed to execute the worst NFL snap of all time.

Tyson Jackson injured his rib in the first half. He left the game clutching his right side. Paul Soliai, all 350 pounds of him, injured his shoulder late in the game.

I'll say it again: what a mess. We will have more about these injuries as the week goes on. Let's hope William Moore and Trufant/Alford find their way back to the field soon. Phillip Adams, while capable, probably shouldn't be defending a WR1.

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