The Atlanta Falcons offense bounced back in a big way today and the end result was a decisive defeat of the Arizona Cardinals. That's not the result some were expecting, especially after news of star cornerback Desmond Trufant's season ending surgery broke early this morning. What's more, the Falcons stayed healthy today, and that's huge. With five games to play, things are certainly looking up.
So what do we discuss in a post-game injury report when there aren't any noteworthy injuries? Well I'm glad you asked, because I have a couple things in mind. First, let's talk about Tevin Coleman. Coleman made his triumphant return following a hamstring injury that sidelined him for several weeks today. He did score once, but his 9 total rushing yards on 8 rushing attempts was lackluster. Devonta Freeman, on the other hand, put up 60 rushing yards on 16 rushing attempts and scored twice. Obviously Coleman has to get back up to speed, and maybe Freeman just had the hot hand today. But that said, I'm nervous Coleman isn't truly 100 percent. That's pure conjecture on my part, so take it for what it is.
The second thing worth mentioning is the frequency with which Ryan got hit today. At one point he was sacked three times on three consecutive plays (one was negated by a defensive penalty). Ryan got hit a fair amount today, and a couple of those hits were brutal. Worth keeping an eye on, if you ask me.