The Atlanta Falcons just pulled off a decisive, momentum-building victory. And an interesting thing happened today: Julio Jones didn't play, and as a result, he couldn't get hurt. I'm inclined to simply drop my mic now, but I won't, because there were injuries. Let's break them down.
LaRoy Reynolds got lit up in punt coverage late in the first quarter. He got clocked and didn't seem to see the hit coming. He wobbled a bit immediately after the play, which is disconcerting.
Brooks Reed left the game in the second quarter. He walked off the field gingerly after a play that looked pretty innocuous. His injury then set off a rapid string of injured defensive players. Kemal Ishmael's shoulder injury knocked him out of the game. De'Vondre Campbell suffered a rib injury and was deemed questionable to return. (Campbell came back by halftime.)
Nick Williams was involved in a nasty collision in the second half. The defender (Maurice Alexander) didn't get off the ground and was carted off the field. Williams himself looked dazed and went to the locker room for testing. It was an illegal, helmet-to-helmet hit, but no flag was thrown. Ultimately Williams was diagnosed with a concussion, which means he will likely be out next week. Here's the silver lining on that one:
Nick Williams (concussion) out for the game. J.D. McKissic might have to be next up next week.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) December 12, 2016
Jalen Collins got shaken up late in the third quarter. He was tackling Kenny Britt and tweaked his knee.