The Falcons, at the direction of Arthur Blank, took pains to prioritize their offensive line. Part of that was using two first round picks on two of the better linemen available, Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary, and hoping they’d help solidify a shaky offensive line.
That seemed likely, given how well the two performed in the early summer, but injury is cruel and capricious and omnipresent. As of right now, the Falcons are out both of those players, with Kaleb McGary exiting the Eagles game with a knee injury.
Ty Sambrailo did fine as a fill-in in the snaps we saw, but this is obviously a big deal and a big problem for the Falcons, who are learning the hard way that there are no sure fixes in the NFL. The hope will be that McGary is okay and only needs to spend a short time on the shelf, but if not, the decisions to keep Sambrailo, hold on to Matt Gono, and sign Jamon Brown are all going to seem extremely intelligent for a team intent on rebuilding its depth.
Let’s hope for the best, as I don’t wish to invite trouble we don’t need. Please let Ty Sambrailo hold up, either way.