ATLANTA (AP) — In another blow to Atlanta’s already injury-ravaged defense, Falcons starting safety Ricardo Allen will miss the remainder of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon.
The team made the announcement a day after the Falcons’ 43-37 loss to the Saints in overtime. Allen was carted off the field in the middle of the fourth quarter.READ MORE: Gov. Kemp Announces Medical Technology Company Intuitive Expanding In Gwinnett County, Adding Approximately 1,200 Jobs
The fourth-year veteran from Purdue is the leader of the Falcons’ defense. He has played both safety spots and nickel cornerback.
That left a void in a unit that lost starting strong safety Keanu Neal to a season-ending knee injury in the season opener. Starting middle linebacker Deion Jones is out for at least eight games because of a foot injury. Neal and Jones were Pro Bowl alternates last season.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
Atlanta also played Sunday without starting defensive end Takk McKinley, who has a groin strain.
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By MATT WINKELJOHN, Associated Press