The injury bug has struck the Falcons in mid-June, as defensive lineman Michael Bennett left the field today with an apparent hand injury.
Michael Bennett, DL, just walked off the field with an apparent left hand injury. #Falcons— Michael Hebert (@md_hebert55) June 13, 2019
There isn’t any further information to report at this time. Hopefully the injury isn’t deemed serious, and is nothing more than a precaution in the dog days of the offseason.
Bennett signed with the Falcons in the middle of last season to fill in for the injured Grady Jarrett for a couple of games. In two appearances, against the Steelers and Buccaneers, Bennett tallied four tackles and one tackle for loss. He’s still a strong candidate for the final ninth or tenth defensive line position, but any kind of long-term injury would damage his chances of making the team.
Bennett was cut after Jarrett’s return to the lineup, and was signed by the Falcons to a reserve/futures contract following the conclusion of the regular season. He currently does not count against the cap or the roster number until the 90-man roster is announced, sometime around training camp.
Hopefully Bennett gets healthy quickly, so that he can continue to compete for a roster spot along Atlanta’s suddenly crowded defensive line.