The Atlanta Falcons handily defeated the Green Bay Packers Sunday night, quieting those that publicly doubted the team after a close game at Soldier Field last week. Throughout training camp and the preseason, the Falcons largely avoided injuries. Call it luck or call it skilled personnel management, they were likely to fall back to Earth sooner or later. Football is just too violent a game for teams to almost completely avoid injuries for lengthy periods of time.
Ryan Schraeder was banged up during Devonta Freeman’s first quarter touchdown run. He needed some assistance getting off the field, but not much, which left room for optimism. That didn’t last long, because he apparently suffered a concussion. Schraeder was immediately ruled out and Ty Sambrailo took over at right tackle.
Courtney Upshaw was hobbled on a second down running play in the first quarter. He tried to push away a couple trainers while hopping gingerly off the field. Apparently he suffered an ankle injury. Initially they designated him “questionable” but that quickly changed to “out.”
Vic Beasley injured his hamstring during the third quarter. He basically got jammed up by a blocker and found himself on the bottom of a pile. Beasley was noticeably frustrated and was taken back to the locker room. They immediately deemed him “questionable” to return.
Ricardo Allen tweaked his ankle or calf in the fourth quarter. He may have just cramped up. Allen nearly intercepted an Aaron Rodgers third down pass, then he fell to the turf and immediately started waiving for trainers.
Matt Bosher was the victim of some roughing in the fourth quarter. He fell awkwardly and hard, then walked off the field like he was feeling the effects of the hit. He’d punt again later in the fourth quarter, so that’s a relief.
Brian Poole was shaken up in the fourth quarter. He went down on one knee and the trainers came out to treat him. If you ask the commentators, he was just looking to slow down Green Bay’s offense with an injury timeout. He came back in the next defensive series.