That was an exciting game, Falcons fans. It had everything: porous defense, lots of Matt Ryan passing touchdowns, and an assortment of injuries! No, seriously, there were a lot of injuries. Let’s break ‘em down, folks.
Jack Crawford injured his head/neck early in the first quarter. He was deemed questionable to return, but was back in the game by the second quarter. He had a sack in the second half as well.
Calvin Ridley injured his left ankle late in the first quarter. He got some treatment on the sideline and seemed to be walking around without issues, but the Falcons ruled him out during halftime.
Deadrin Senat went down right before halftime. He came back in the game almost immediately.
Mohamed Sanu aggravated an existing hip injury early in the second half. He was ruled out.
Matt Bryant injured himself while knocking down a 57 yard field goal with a little over a minute to play in the fourth quarter. The field goal effectively sealed the Falcons victory because the Buccaneers then needed to score a touchdown during the game’s final drive. According to the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, Bryant was in a bad place after the game, and team personnel stopped him from talking to the media. It’s a hamstring injury to his kicking leg, which means he probably won’t play next week. There’s some chatter on Twitter about this being an career-ending injury, but that seems extraordinarily premature.
Injuries on injuries on injuries. Yuck.