The Atlanta Falcons received some bad news Monday when it was announced that tight end Kyle Pitts may be out the remainder of the season due to a torn MCL.
Pitts suffered the injury during the Falcons’ victory over the Chicago Bears when Bears safety Eddie Jackson hit his right knee. The good news is that Pitts may be able to return in a few weeks. It’s also good to learn that it’s not a torn ACL, which could have kept him out for the remainder of the season.
Sources: #Falcons standout TE Kyle Pitts is believed to have suffered a torn MCL that would require surgery. This is following his MRI today. A brutal blow to one of the game’s best young players. He’ll have a second opinion before deciding what's next. pic.twitter.com/bR4PyMJNks
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 21, 2022
The bad news is that Atlanta doesn’t know how many weeks he could be out at this point.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was out a few weeks due to the same type of injury Pitts suffered and was able to play against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. The Cowboys had backup Tony Pollard to take his place and things went smoothly for the team but the Falcons don’t have that kind of luxury at tight end.
Pitts is a valuable member of the Falcons’ offense and if he is gone for a long period of time, it may end up costing them in the hunt to fight for a playoff spot. Atlanta is in the process of making a surprising playoff run and they can’t afford any major injuries on this team.