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Falcons vs. Panthers: post-game injury report

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NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons did the unthinkable today: they won a second football game in two weeks. I’m told that’s a called “winning streak.” Now at 3-7, the Falcons don’t appear to be the complete train wreck we thought they were just 8 days ago.

But alas, today’s win came at a cost because there were a couple of noteworthy injuries worth breaking down.

Adrian Clayborn was knocked out of the game with a groin injury late in the 4th quarter. He had 2 sacks on the day, including the one that followed a demoralizing thrashing of Panthers left tackle Greg Little. Remember, Clayborn battled through a knee injury last month.

Takk McKinley injured his shoulder during the first half while notching his first sack of the year. He earned a “questionable” designation but played during the 3rd quarter, so the injury wasn’t bad enough to keep him sidelined. Worth noting that Takk has had surgeries on both shoulders.

He wasn’t injured, at least not noticeably, but Desmond Trufant found himself on the sideline at one point. Either the coaching staff had him on a pitch count or that toe injury flared up. Let’s hope it’s not the latter.

Julio got banged up throughout the game, but let’s be honest, that’s par for the course. First he seemingly tweaked his right foot and then later in the game, he took a shot in the face that left him with a bloody and swollen lip.

So, in short, there are at least two injuries worth keeping an eye on in the days ahead. Discuss!