The Atlanta Falcons forgot they were in the middle of a football game and came out completely flat in the second half of their loss to the Miami Dolphins this afternoon. It was a disappointing loss, one that will surely spark some intense debate in the week ahead. But before you go find a cliff to jump off of, let’s break down the injuries, or rather, the lack thereof.
If there’s a silver lining after today’s loss, it’s that everyone stayed relatively healthy. Julio Jones, Ricardo Allen, and Ryan Schraeder returned from injury, and they all finished the game healthy, notwithstanding a couple of tense moments.
Jake Matthews took a nasty hit from behind in the fourth quarter. Cameron Wake knocked down Matt Ryan and both men fell into the back of Matthews’ knees. Wake hit Ryan hit a second time the very next play and Ryan was slow to get up. (I don’t know exact hit and hurry totals from today’s game, but Ryan was on the ground or uncomfortable far too often.)
Backup linebacker Jordan Tripp injured his left knee late in the fourth quarter while blocking during a kick return. It looked like his knee made contact with another player’s knee. Tripp needed help from two trainers to get off the field.