The Falcons are piling up points but are also piling up injuries. The drive after Takkarist McKinley left the field with an apparent groin injury, Kaleb McGary went down with a very concerning injury.
Nearing the end zone on a short run by Brian Hill, McGary fell to the ground. He immediately grabbed the outside of his left knee and was in clear pain. He stayed on the field for some time while trainers came out to attend to him. It appeared to be a non-contact injury.
McGary was completely unable to put any weight on his leg even with the assistance of trainers.
We do not want to speculate on the exact injury, however, his season is almost certainly at risk. The former first-round pick missed the start of his rookie season with a heart-related surgery. Impressive but raw Matt Gono will take his spot in the starting lineup.
Update: As expected, the early signs are not good. We wish McGary the best.
#76 T Kaleb McGary is out with a knee injury— Falcons Comm Dept. (@FalconsComm) September 20, 2020
Update #2: The early reports are that McGary may have a sprained MCL, which would cost him weeks but not the rest of the season. We’ll hope that’s the case.
Falcons fear RT Kaleb McGary suffered a sprained MCL today, per source. He will have an MRI Monday to determine extent of damage and how much time he will miss.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 20, 2020
In the short term, Matt Gono is your starting right tackle, and at least on first glance he had a fine game Sunday.