Atlanta Falcons’ first-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, Chris Lindstrom, will land on IR after breaking his foot. He could return later in the season.
The rookie guard suffered a fractured foot in Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Reports claim Lindstrom will be in a boot for at least eight weeks.
A possible return in the second half of the season is the best-case scenario for the 14th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He played just 42 snaps before leaving the game, not to return for the duration. Lower body injuries are notoriously tough for big men to return from. Lindstrom, at 6-foot-4, 307 pounds should be no exception.
In a bout of deja vu, Falcons linebacker Deion Jones was also lost early to a foot injury in 2018. Julio Jones also dealt with a minor foot injury last year.
Atlanta did its best to fortify the offensive line in the offseason, especially the guard position. The Falcons offensive line struggled in 2018, leading to Matt Ryan’s struggles and missing a playoff berth. Likely to replace Lindstrom on the line is Jamon Brown, if he is healthy enough.
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