According to a report from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn will have surgery to trim a partially torn meniscus and will miss three to five weeks.
“He’s sore today,” head coach Dan Quinn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. “He’s going to see the doc and we’ll have an update for you on Wednesday. We don’t have anything to give you today.”
During the Falcons’ 38-19 blowout victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Clayborn suffered a knee injury. Quinn was asked if Clayborn was capable of making it back into the game upon suffering the setback.
“Not yesterday… He would not have been able to go back in the game yesterday. But we’re hopeful and we’re looking forward to having him.”
The 28-year-old defensive end is second on the Falcons’ defensive unit with 4.5 sacks. The team already received word recently that starting defensive back Desmond Trufant will likely be out for the rest of the season. The news surrounding Clayborn doesn’t seem to help.
That means the Falcons will look for another face on the defensive line to get some pressure on opposing quarterbacks as Atlanta hopes to lock up the NFC South in the final five weeks of the season. Veteran Dwight Freeney may get added reps, though it’ll be difficult to replace Clayborn, who has received nearly two-thirds of the defensive snaps this season.
Atlanta may bend but it’s certainly going to have to avoid breaking. Everyone is cognizant of Matt Ryan and the offense, but if the Falcons provide any bit of support on the opposite side, Atlanta could be a dangerous team come postseason time.