The Atlanta Falcons couldn’t get past the Philadelphia Eagles today and now we move ahead to the long, miserable off-season. I’m a little torn right now. On the one hand, I’m proud the Falcons rebounded after a devastating, historical loss nearly a year ago. On the other hand, I can’t help but think the Falcons had more potential than this. Without further adieu, here’s your final post-game injury report of the 2017 season.
Takk McKinley went down in the first quarter. He and Adrian Clayborn sacked Nick Foles and Takk found himself at the bottom of a pile of large men. He laid face down on the turf for about a minute before the training staff came out to treat him. He apparently injured his left arm but he came back in the game and played well, so apparently it wasn’t anything significant.
Brooks Reed probably hurt his right leg in the fourth quarter. It was an ideal time to slow down the Eagles offense (they were in the red zone and knocking on the door), so there might’ve been a little gamesmanship involved. In any case he was jogging up and down the sideline in a trainer’s company.
After the game ended, ESPN’s Vaughn McClure shared this nugget with us as well:
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman played the end of the season with MCL and PCL sprains in his right knee. ``I hope I don't have to,'' Freeman said of the possibility of having offseason surgery. Freeman emphasized that the injuries had nothing to do with his... https://t.co/bxOTXxueal— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) January 14, 2018
That’s illuminating, to say the least. Free had a rough year, having suffered at least two concussions, and now he’s contemplating offseason surgery. Don’t be surprised if we don’t hear more about this for a while. During the offseason, teams tend to stay quiet about injuries like these. At best, if he does have the surgery, we’ll likely hear about it after the fact and get some generic “he’s doing great!” storylines.