The injury bug has struck the Atlanta Falcons as of late, losing a handful of both starters and role players. Although they seem to be great at rotating players in and out some injuries are providing more of an impact than others. There is some optimism surrounding the situations, however, as each player may be replaced in the upcoming weeks.
Clayborn has been the unsung hero of the Falcons defense and always seems to notch a sack or two when in a crucial moment. However, after a torn MCL and partially torn meniscus, Atlanta must find a replacement. There are a few possible scenarios for this move, but the obvious choice is veteran Dwight Freeney. Freeney has played limited snaps all season as a situational pass rusher, but will get an opportunity to help the defense out a little more. Ideally, the team would have rested Freeney for a playoff run anyways, so this situation may work out for the best. If Freeney can’t play the whole game, look for Phillip Wheeler and Ra’shede Hageman to contribute as well.
This injury hurts big time, but strangely enough, the Atlanta Falcons played against Arizona and defended the pass very well. Trufant’s injury allows more playing time for both Robert Alford and Jalen Collins on the outside. His absence may very well mean that opposing quarterbacks will spread the ball out more, which could bode well for the corners. In this scenario, they won’t get picked on individually and forced into dumb mistakes or penalties. Time will tell how the group recovers without Trufant, but they had a fantastic showing last week.
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Although there hasn’t been much word after Sunday’s game surrounding Bosher, newcomer Matt Wile filled in quite well. He had two punts for 57 and 59 yards and all of his kickoffs found their way into the end zone for no return. Since Wile filled in so well for Bosher, there is no reason to rush him back while his hamstring recovers.