The Falcons' loss against the Eagles was a tough pill to swallow, but it came at a much steeper price than initially thought.
The team received more bad news, as the team has placed linebacker Deion Jones on injured reserve.
The #Falcons placed playmaking LB Deion Jones on Injured Reserve because of a foot issue. First Keanu Neal, then Jones. Costly Week 1.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 11, 2018
This comes as a big blow because of Jones' defensive presence on the field. The Pro Bowler has made a strong impression in just three years with the Falcons, totaling 255 combined tackles.
The 23-year-old reported soreness in his foot after the game against the Eagles on Thursday, and tests revealed that a procedure would require him to be placed on injured reserve.
Though Jones will be out for at least eight weeks, head coach Dann Quinn expects him to be back before the season is over.
Although Deion Jones will require surgery, the Falcons do expect him back this season. “He represents all that we are looking for in a Falcon player, and while he will not be on the field for us right now, he will continue to have a presence in our building,” Dan Quinn said.— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) September 11, 2018
Unfortunately, Jones is not the only Pro Bowler the Falcons lost to injury in their season debut. Safety Keanu Neal was also placed on injured reserve after it was revealed that he suffered a torn ACL, which will sideline him for the rest of the season.
With the defense now missing two key pieces, Atlanta's prospects aren't looking bright, but perhaps this is an opportunity for others to step up in wake of their absence.