The Atlanta Falcons rode Matt Bryant’s right leg to a playoff birth today. They will face off against the high powered Los Angeles Rams offense next weekend. We will have plenty of time in the days ahead to break down the win (including three Cam Newton interceptions!) but for now, let’s break down the injuries, because they were numerous.
Julio Jones took a vicious (and clean) hit from Mike Adams on a passing play across the middle of the field during the first drive of the game. He was keeled over for about twenty seconds before being escorted off the field by the training staff. He came back on the field a couple plays later, so it’s likely he just had the wind knocked out of him.
Andy Levitre’s tricep injury flared up again after the first offensive drive. They fitted him with with a large ice pack and hit him with a “questionable” designation. Ben Garland replaced Levitre, who never returned.
Taylor Gabriel got knocked out the game during the first quarter. He left the field with a hamstring injury and limped his way to the locker room. He garnered a “questionable” designation and never returned. Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss multiple games, necessitating a roster move.
Andre Roberts was shaken up returning a punt during the third quarter. He was back in the game for the next kickoff return, so that’s encouraging.
Adrian Clayborn injured some part of his leg (likely calf or ankle) during the second half. He was getting emotional on the sideline, shedding some tears, which isn’t a good sign. Fellow defensive playmaker Vic Beasley was also seen limping during the fourth quarter, but he kept playing, sacking Newton during the final minutes of the game.
Devonta Freeman also limped off the field in the final minutes of the game. He looked a little frustrated, so that’s disconcerting.
Lots of stuff to keep an eye on. Your thoughts?