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Report: Desmond Trufant to have season-ending forearm surgery

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Trufant had been playing very well since returning from injury, so this is disappointing.

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Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant was forced to leave Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers with an apparent arm injury. On Sunday evening, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that he broke his forearm, and his season is now over.

The Falcons are not in contention any longer, but this is obviously a loss. Atlanta will now need to go back to leaning heavily on Kendall Sheffield, Isaiah Oliver, and Blidi Wreh-Wilson, with rookie cornerback Jordan Miller also likely to get more run.

The injury occurred when safety Ricardo Allen went in to assist on a tackle on Christian McCaffery, only for the running back to move out of the way. The result was Allen’s helmet directly impacting Trufant’s arm. Trufant left the field for the locker room and did not return obviously.

It’s an unfortunate end to Desmond Trufant’s season, in which he played in 9 games and recorded a career-best 4 interceptions. Prior to today’s game, he was credited for 17 tackles and 1 tackle for loss.

Look for the team to add a cornerback to the active roster next week, with C.J. Reavis on the team’s practice squad looming as an obvious candidate. The Falcons have three games to go and they’re incredibly banged up across the roster.