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Falcons confirm quarterback tore ACL

Atlanta Falcons quarterback AJ McCarron tore the ACL in his right knee during the first quarter of his team's preseason loss Saturday to the Miami Dolphins, the team confirmed Sunday per an MRI. He is expected to miss the upcoming NFL season.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback AJ McCarron (5) is assisted off the field after he was injured on a play, during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

McCarron said he was "heartbroken" after suffering the injury, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith told atlantafalcons.com's Scott Bair on Saturday.

From Bair:

"I really feel for AJ McCarron," Smith said. "Any time something like that happens, when it's non-contact, it's tough because you know how much work these guys put into it. I feel for him. We'll get the MRI to confirm, but he's heartbroken. He had bounced back and was out there fighting for his team, trying to get extra yards. I understand injuries are part of the game but there's still a human element. I feel for him."


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