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Dan Quinn: Takk McKinley could need shoulder surgery this offseason

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It could, ominously, impact his offseason if he has to have it.

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Takk McKinley missing the final two games of the season is disappointing for us and likely very disappointing for him, but the important thing at this stage is that he’s ready to wreak havoc in 2020.

Unfortunately, it sounds like offseason shoulder surgery may be in the offing, and that it could quite ominously impact his offseason. If that’s the case, Takk might not be ready for the opening of OTAs or even training camp, depending on the nature of the surgery and the severity of the injury. I’m obviously getting way out ahead of my skis on this one, but with the Falcons it’s usually wise to assume the worst.

It’s fair to say that this could not be coming at a worse time for Takk. He finishes his third season in the NFL with a grand total of 16.5 sacks, and while he’s generated a lot more pressure than that over the last three years, it’s not quite the world-beating numbers he was probably hoping to have with a decision on his fifth year option looming in Atlanta. The Falcons have to decide whether to pick that up this spring, and with Vic Beasley’s fifth year option year proving to be a better but not elite one and Keanu Neal heading into his fifth year with two straight season-ending injuries, they may be leery of signing up with Takk. Especially with a regime change potentially coming in the next couple of months, too.

In my mind, it’s a risk you still take, given that Takk is among the team leaders in pressures every year and is still playing well despite the glaring lack of sacks. Hopefully regardless of whether he needs surgery or not, he’s able to recover quickly and be ready to contribute in 2020.