The Falcons had two key players undergo MRIs today following their upset win over the Saints yesterday, hoping no more severe injuries would unveil themselves after their initial diagnosis. The good news is nothing more was found. The bad news is both will probably be out for a couple of weeks.
Austin Hooper was diagnosed with an MCL sprain – Ian Rapaport reports. The Falcons went into the MRI expecting him to miss some time, so this was probably the best scenario. He’ll have a second opinion on it to determine when he will be able to return, but it shouldn’t be more than a few weeks at most. Expect to see a lot of Luke Stocker, and hopefully a heavy dose of Jaeden Graham until then.
Devonta Freeman also received some positive news. His foot sprain will only keep him out a couple of weeks, according to Rapaport. In his place, Brian Hill will become the starter, as Ito Smith was recently placed on IR, and rookie Quadree Ollison should see more action. Hill filled in nicely after Freeman exited against the Saints, carrying the ball 20 times for 61 yards and hauling in one catch for a ten-yard touchdown. It shouldn’t be too much of a drop off, but the more concerning issue is Freeman’s injury history that continues to become more extensive.