On Monday Sept. 16, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith made an announcement in a news conference that was unsettling, in regards to the updated roster for Week 3.
Defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing will not suit up against the Miami Dolphins in Week 3, as both are done for the remainder of the season. Beirmann’s diagnosis is a torn Achilles tendon, which automatically gives him a spot on injured reserve. Ewing, who just entered his second season, suffered a separated shoulder in Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.
The Falcons had the case of the injury bug on Sunday. Five players left the game, which included Biermann, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, Ewing, running back Steven Jackson and defensive back Asante Samuel. Fortunately, Atlanta’s young backups, Rookie Joplo Bartu, Rookie Malliciah Goodman and Jonathan Massaquoi were able to fill the voids for the defense for the remainder of the game.
This is a huge blow for the Falcons’ defense, especially in the pass rush. Biermann, who played in 16 games and recorded four sacks last year, will definitely be missed on that defensive line. Last season, Atlanta was ranked 28th in the league in sacks with 29, and defensive end John Abraham recorded 10 of them.
The Falcon’s secondary looks good so far, but the Falcons could be in for some more trouble with an already weak pass rush. Goodman, measuring in at 6-foot-4, and 276 pounds, could bring some versatility to the line with his long arms, but only time will tell how well rookie Goodman can handle the load.