The biggest piece of news comes with safety Keanu Neal, who went down in the game twice with knee injuries. The second moment looked horrid from the replay, with some folks speculating it could be an ACL or an MCL tear. That would be quite bad for a team that’s trying to contend for a Super Bowl.
Thankfully, Dan Quinn said post-game that the injury didn’t appear to be serious. NFL’s Ian Rapoport reiterated that quote, but said the team will still be cautious.
#Falcons coach Dan Quinn said last night that safety Keanu Neal’s knee “doesn’t appear serious.” He’s getting an MRI on it just to be sure, I’m told.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2018
This doesn’t automatically mean that the injury won’t hold Neal out for a couple of weeks, but at least we have word that it might not be as serious as feared on the replay.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman also hurt his knee late in the game Thursday, but he apepars to be a-ok, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Falcons DE Takkarist McKinley also exited with a limp in what looked like a knee injury, but there’s been no word anywhere on his status. Typically, that means he’s okay.
The health of QB Matt Ryan also hasn’t come up, though he had a brace malfunction that might’ve thrown him off his game a sizable amount. Though, if he’s at all a bit scratched or sore from any of his hits or slides, don’t be shocked if he’s limited as the week gets going.
Falcons CB Desmond Trufant, DE Vic Beasley and LB Deion Jones all left the game for brief stretches before returning, and all should be ready to go for next Sunday as the team hosts Carolina. Just don’t worry if you see a lengthy injury report this week.
We’ll see if Neal misses any time after the MRI results come through, but everyone else appears to be fine.