During Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons center Joe Hawley was carted off the field and ruled out immediately after his injury. As his MRI results are still being determined, the likeliness of Hawley playing on Sunday against the Giants is very slim.
The 25-year-old's injury is likely knee-related, which suggests that it may be an ACL or MCL type of injury, which could result in Hawley missing several weeks or, possibly, the remainder of the season depending on severity. With Hawley likely down for at least the Giants game, this means that, barring a signing, Peter Konz will be planted in as the starting center.
Head coach Mike Smith declined to comment in detail about the specifics of Hawley and several others' injury statuses and instead referred to when the injury report comes out on Wednesday for those answers.
Other team-related injuries the Falcons are dealing with are to guard Justin Blalock and tackle Lamar Holmes. With those kinds of injuries to the offensive line, don't be surprised to see the Falcons make some roster moves to account for some of those injuries. One potential player the Falcons could look to is Uche Nwaneri, who played seven seasons for the Jaguars as a guard.Read more... Join the Conversation...