“Grade 2 are moderate sprains where the actual ligament is disrupted, but not completely disrupted,” Uquillas said via the AJC. “For the MCL, it’s one of those ligaments that heals reliably on its own. Usually, it does not require surgery.”
D Led did include a timeline if Pitts did suffer a Grade 3 sprain, so take his report with a grain of salt. No official word has been put out by the team, who generally plays these sorts of situations close to the vest. The Falcons are hopeful it’s just a Grade 2 sprain because a Grade 3 sprain could require surgery, per Dr. Uquillas, which could keep him out as many as seven weeks, likely shutting him down for the season.
“Grade 3 tears are complete tears, meaning the connection is disrupted completely,” Uquillas said via AJC. “That can either happen closer to the femur or in the attachment to the thigh bone or lower down on the shin. They both heal a little bit differently.”
“Sometimes for a professional athlete, they’ll do a surgery to help it heal more reliably without any looseness,” Uquillas continued via AJC. “Most of the time we brace them, rehab them, and they will heal on their own. Some of them can (have) surgery.”
Hopefully, the Falcons and Kyle Pitts avoided disaster, but honestly, the only priority of both parties should be to get the former No. 4 overall pick back to where he was before the injury, even if that means shutting him down for the season.