The Atlanta Falcons’ surprise win over San Francisco came at the cost of Takkarist McKinley. The defensive end suffered a shoulder injury in the first half of the Week 15 matchup.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported McKinley’s season is over on Monday afternoon.
#Falcons DE Takk McKinley is out for the season after sustaining a shoulder injury yesterday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 16, 2019
“Takk” McKinley had 3.5 sacks in all 14 games this season. He also collected 29 total tackles, 18 of them solo. His most productive campaign was arguably his first in 2017. He had six sacks, 20 tackles and two forced fumbles (one recovered).
His replacement will likely be Adrian Clayborn, a nine year veteran. Clayborn is on his second stint with the Falcons, after playing for New England last season. He won a Super Bowl with the Patriots.
Atlanta’s playoff hopes are over in 2019, and they have no opportunity to play spoiler, as the last two teams they face are also out of playoff contention.
The Falcons will face the Jacksonville Jaguars at home on Sunday, December 22.
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