The Falcons were worried following yesterday’s dismal performance against the Vikings that their first-round pick, Chris Lindstrom, might have suffered a fractured foot. They were waiting until today to run some follow-up tests to confirm the injury, and the results revealed that he did indeed break his foot and will be out at least eight weeks.
Vaughn Mcclure of ESPN reports that Lindstrom will be in a boot for the next two months, and the Falcons hope he can return during the second half of the season.
Source confirms to ESPN Chris Lindstrom indeed broke his foot. The Falcons first rounder will be in a boot for 8 weeks with the hope of coming back for the second half of the season, I'm told. https://t.co/oN6nkHAh4n
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 9, 2019
Deion Jones suffered a similar injury in Week 1 last season and returned for a Week 13 matchup against the Ravens but never quite looked like the same player. Losing Lindstrom is a massive gut-punch to an Atlanta offensive line that already looked overwhelmed in Week 1. Wes Schweitzer filled in as a reserve after Lindstrom exited and could be in line to start going forward. The Falcons could also turn to Jamon Brown, who competed with James Carpenter all offseason for the starting left guard spot. If there is any positive way of looking at this, it is that the Falcons did spend a lot of money on offensive line depth this offseason. Hopefully, these guys can fill in adequately until Lindstrom is ready to return.