The Atlanta Falcons are now 0-1 after an up and down game against the divisional rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's not the way we hoped the season would start, but in many ways, it was predictable. The running game struggled and the defense still isn't what it needs to be. On the other hand, Matt Ryan looked solid and there was something resembling a pass rush. We will have extensive recaps in the days ahead, but there were injuries. So let's break those down.
Brooks Reed left the game in the first quarter with a left shoulder injury. He walked off the field and into the locker room by himself. He was deemed "questionable" to return but he ultimately returned in the second half. Late in the 4th quarter, Reed went down again, clutching his shoulder as he eventually made his way to the sideline.
Julio Jones tweaked his left `ankle late in third quarter. He twisted it awkwardly and a defender simultaneously rolled over it. He limped off the field and sat out the remainder of that series. He then re-entered the game. (But you could tell he was still feeling it.)
Mohamed Sanu left the game in the Falcons final drive late in the fourth quarter. On third and ten, his foot got stuck in the turf and his ankle twisted.
The injuries to Jones and Sanu are obviously huge. Let's hope they both bounce back quickly. For now, let's just commiserate in our misery.