The Atlanta Falcons played some courageous football yesterday. Beating the Cam Newton-led Carolina Panthers is always a good time; but given how week one played out, yesterday’s victory was especially sweet. There was a lot to like, and we’ll fully digest yestersday’s action in the days ahead. But let’s break down the injuries, shall we?
Falcons guard Andy Levitre injured his elbow early in the first half and was ruled out. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that we got an extended look at Wes Schweitzer (51 snaps) at right guard once Levitre left the game. Against all odds, he looked really good. Thomas Dimitroff has been the Wes Schweitzer hype train conductor since the Falcons drafted him, and it now appears he’s not completely misguided. Derrick Shelby suffered a groin injury and left the game around the same time.
Takk McKinley looked unstoppable on the field yesterday. That said, he apparently tweaked something at some point. (Vaughn McClure saw him “dragging his leg” after the game.) We can’t afford to lose Takk for any length of time, so let’s hope the leg dragging was nothing or that he rebounds quickly.
Speaking of unstoppable, corner blitzer extraordinaire Brian Poole was banged up in the second half. Blidi Wreh-Wilson replaced him and nearly picked off a pass. Poole was back on the field shortly thereafter.
We’ll keep an eye on all of these guys, but for now, there doesn’t appear to be any earth-shattering injuries. I’ll be interested to see whether Levitre and Takk practice early this week. Dan Quinn might elect to give those guys some extra rest as the team prepares for the New Orleans Saints.