Jul 28, 2013; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons guard Mike Johnson (79), offensive guard Theo Goins (77) and guard Garrett Reynolds (75) shown on the field during training camp at the Falcons Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
The Atlanta Falcons suffered a potentially damaging loss today, as right tackle Mike Johnson was carted off the field during practice today. The left leg injury occurred on the first play of 9-on-7 inside run drills, and Johnson reportedly left practice in an ambulance.
A few hours ago, Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith said that Johnson suffered a dislocated left ankle and a fibula fracture. With his season likely over, Johnson is scheduled to have surgery next week.
Johnson is currently projected to be their starter at right tackle after the team let go of longtime veteran Tyson Clabo. IF Johnson is out and they can’t sign an adequate veteran, Lamar Holmes, a rookie third-round draft pick out of Southern Miss, is next on the depth chart.
The Falcons will enter the 2013 NFL season with major depth issues, and protecting the teams’ $103.75 million franchise player in Matt Ryan will be a very challenging task.