The Atlanta Falcons defeated the banged up Tampa Bay Buccaneers today. The “second half Falcons” made an appearance briefly in the third and fourth quarters, letting the Buccaneers get within striking distance. We’ll have plenty of time to break down today’s game and look ahead to next Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings in the days ahead. For now let’s break down the injuries.
Brian Poole left the game in the first quarter with a back injury. He never returned. C.J. Goodwin played in his absence. Goodwin drew a costly pass interference penalty while trying to defend Buccaneers veteran DeSean Jackson. Jackson blew right by him and Goodwin had no choice but to grab some jersey. That play could’ve set up a touchdown; ultimately the Buccaneers settled for a field goal.
Desmond Trufant took a vicious hit to the head from teammate and fellow defensive back Keanu Neal right before halftime. Trufant was already tackling the receiver when Neal went headfirst into his tackle. The crown of his helmet made contact with Trufant’s helmet. Trufant then hobbled to the sideline and was evaluated for a concussion. He never returned.
Robert Alford took a knee to his lower back while tackling Jacquizz Rodgers. It was bad form and Alford had himself to blame for the injury. Alford was able to return.