The Falcons’ incredibly deep backfield took a hit over the weekend. Despite Tyler Allgeier‘s career day against the Saints, it was Caleb Huntley who got the start in New Orleans, receiving the first carry of the day. However, it was later revealed that Huntley, amid a breakout campaign, tore his Achilles which will require surgery, per Adam Schefter.
Falcons’ RB Caleb Huntley suffered a season-ending Achilles injury on Sunday that is expected to require surgery.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 19, 2022
It’s a shame because Huntley had started to carve out a consistent role in the Falcons’ offense. Entering Sunday’s tilt against the Saints, he was the team’s fourth-leading rusher, posting 364 yards and a score on 75 carries. But after one carry for two yards, his season is done.
It became a two-man show for the Falcons’ offense on Sunday. Cordarrelle Patterson and Allgeier picked up the slack, but it was the latter who made the most of his opportunities. The rookie finished with a career-high 139 rushing yards.
Allgeier has been a pleasant surprise, but the eye test favors Huntley. After going undrafted in 2021, the Ball State product has shown impressive running abilities. He looks more explosive and powerful than his counterpart. Over two games against the 49ers and Panthers, Huntley carried the ball 32 times and totaled 150 yards on just 35% of the offensive snaps.
Huntley will likely miss a large chunk of next season as well, because the recovery time for an Achilles injury can last anywhere from nine months to a full year. Unfortunately, he is in a contract year and set to test free agency this offseason. More than likely, he’ll have his sights on a return in late 2023 or 2024. We wish him the best of luck in his recovery!
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