Lost in the hustle of the Falcons victory over the Giants, being the first team to limit Saquon Barkley to under 100 yards from scrimmage, and Matt Ryan’s continuing MVP campaign, was starting guard Brandon Fusco’s injury.
As we wrote during the game, Fusco got rolled up from behind and he twisted in a pretty nasty way on his way down. Those types of injuries are usually pretty serious, so today’s news wasn’t surprising.
Fusco is out for the season with an ankle injury, per Quinn.— Jeañña (@jeannathomas) October 23, 2018
Falcoholic beat writer reported that Dan Quinn confirmed Fusco broke his ankle and will head to injured reserve. Fusco was Atlanta’s top free agency acquisition, so it is disappointing to see him only play in under half of the season.
Fusco helped solidify the interior line that already lost Andy Levitre. Even more shocking is Ben Garland received the top pass blocking score from the entire offensive line, per Pro Football Focus. The Falcons will get another year of Wes Schweitzer and Garland bookending Alex Mack. So far, both players look significantly better than in 2017.
The good news for Fusco is he has apparently avoided any ligament damage, or another injury that would otherwise put his pro future in question. However, his $4 million base salary in 2019 may put his future with the team in question, especially in Garland continues to impress.
Update: the Falcons are making some moves, but we won’t know how much sense they make until they fill the remaining roster spots on the active roster. At least we know Sean Harlow is back. Maybe Thomas Dimitroff brings back Austin Pasztor.