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Falcons vs. Vikings: post-game injury report


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Unfortunately the Falcons didn’t walk away from their season opener unscathed. The performance on the field was unsatisfactory. They start 0-1 after a hype-filled offseason; and what about their ego? Yes, Falcons fans, we were hurt literally and figuratively this weekend. We’ll parse out those emotions in the days ahead, but there were some pretty significant injuries worth mentioning. Let’s break ‘em down.

Russell Gage

The second year receiver took a nasty helmet to helmet hit from Harris Smith during the second quarter. Oddly the officials didn’t throw a flag. On second thought, it’s not so odd, because they’re the home team playing in front of a raucous crowd and we’re, well ... we’re the Falcons. We learned after halftime that Gage was in the concussion protocol, which won’t surprise anyone that saw him walk shakily about halftime to the sideline before essentially collapsing.

Chris Lindstrom

The first round draft pick exited with what Jay Glazer called a fractured foot. He initially garnered a questionable designation, so it’s fair to wonder how severe a fracture we’re talking aboit. Per ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, the Falcons won’t update us on Lindstrom’s status until Monday. If Lindstrom can’t go, Jamon Brown, who was inactive Sunday, will step in.

Takk McKinley

Takk’s leg got twisted and he received some treatment in a medical tent. It looked like whatever was ailing him was short-lived or he could play through it.

That’s all we know for now, Falcoholics. As I’ve said, you’ll get plenty of our takes as the week goes on and there’s a lot to digest. But it does appear the Falcons may be without both Gage and Lindstrom for a little bit.