There’s been a very muted concern about the health of Falcons LG Andy Levitre after a season-ending triceps tear, but those concerns appear to be fading.
ESPN’S Vaughn McClure caught up with the apparent father-to-be-once-more as he reported for camp to ask him about how he’s feeling.
Andy Levitre said good to go coming off his injuries. Also wearing m “father” clothes because expecting another kid pic.twitter.com/pLVVbuki4Y— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) July 26, 2018
Dan Quinn also says he will avoid the PUP list, but will be limited as camp gets going.
Dan Quinn said Takk McKinley and Andy Levitre will be limited but no PUP— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) July 26, 2018
Having Levitre healthy, of course, is vital for the offense getting back on track. Just as Julio Jones reporting for camp on time is an obvious thing to be relieved about, having Levitre ready to go and avoid the dreaded PUP list is a really encouraging development in and of itself.
We had some private worries here and there that Levitre might be aging a bit faster than any of us hoped he would. He was a good sport to redo his deal in the spring to keep him with the team through 2018, and had been working to the side to get healthy for the fall.
With Levitre apparently ready to roll for camp and active in drills, it gives the team a really sound offensive line on paper. We’re curious as to how Brandon Fusco will do as the new right guard, but he’s at least a slight upgrade over Wes Schweitzer. Schewitzer was too up and down to man the job for 16 games plus the playoffs, despite an occasional impressive flash.
For the offense to rebound from last year, the offensive line will need to keep Matt Ryan upright. Levitre’s health is a great update to pair with Julio Jones’ return. Things feel good as we get camp underway.