Falcons scrambling for backup QB after losing AJ McCarron to torn ACL

The Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback AJ McCarron suffered a torn ACL and may peaceful cross over your entire 2021 season, the crew presented Sunday.  

McCarron suffered the break in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Arthur Smith anticipated the worst after McCarron sustained the non-contact break on a handoff, telling reporters he was as soon as “heartbroken” for the quarterback. An MRI on Sunday confirmed the ACL stagger. 

Besides to to the interesting atomize for the seventh-year pro out of Alabama, the break leaves the Falcons scrambling for a quarterback with three weeks left sooner than their season-opener in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks. Undrafted rookie Feleipe Franks is the entirely wholesome quarterback on the roster after starter Matt Ryan. 

The ex-Florida and Arkansas quarterback hasn’t impressed this preseason. He full 4 of 9 cross attempts in opposition to the Dolphins for 46 yards and an interception. He also took four sacks. 

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - AUGUST 21: AJ McCarron #5 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts as he is helped off the field by trainers after being injured during a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on August 21, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

AJ McCarron wanted aid off the sphere after tearing his ACL on Satuday (Michael Reaves/Getty Photos)

Will Falcons look to alternate to search out backup QB?

Atlanta will more than seemingly be forced to appear to the alternate market if it doesn’t web a viable No. 2 quarterback in free agency. Feeble Jaguars and Rams quarterback Blake Bortles and these days released aged first-spherical draft capture Josh Rosen are amongst the extra principal quarterbacks accessible in free agency. 

The pretty knowledge for the Falcons is that Ryan is one in all the NFL’s most sturdy quarterbacks. The 13-year susceptible has missed pretty three starts since joining the Falcons as a rookie in 2008. 

BetMGM oddsmakers worship the Falcons (+800) to full in third keep in the NFC South at the aid of the most neatly-liked Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-190) and Unique Orleans Saints (+325).

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