The Atlanta Falcons will be without starting tight end Jacob Tamme for the rest of their game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. He left the game early with a shoulder injury and has been officially ruled out to return.
Tamme went down after breaking a tackle on a third and long in the first half of Sunday’s game. At the end of the excellent play, the tight end fell awkwardly on his shoulder and stayed on the turf for a good minute while being tended to by the training staff. He was then taken back for X-rays to see the extent of the damage and the Falcons deemed him out for the remainder of the game shortly afterward.
At this point the exact extent of Tamme’s injury is not known and won’t be until he gets even further testing, but the fact that he wasn’t able to return is certainly alarming. Clearly the X-rays showed something that kept him from the rest of Sunday’s contest, so at this point the best the Falcons can hope for is a minor bruise that keeps him out for the week.
If it does end up being serious and Tamme is forced to miss a significant amount of time, it would be a major loss for the Falcons. At this point the veteran tight end is on pace to have a career-best season in terms of touchdowns and his 20 receptions are already more than he had for the entire 2014 season.