Falcons Place DE Kroy Biermann And FB Bradie Ewing On IR
According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Falcons have placed DE Kroy Biermann and FB Bradie Ewing on season-ending injured reserve. Head coach Mike Smith made the announcement, saying that Biermann had suffered a torn Achilles tendon while Ewing had separated his shoulder — both injuries occurred during Sunday’s game against the Rams.
The loss of Biermann is significant for the defense, as he had been playing a hybrid end/linebacker position designed to confuse the opposing offense. In his stead, the team will rely on Jonathan Massaquoi and Malliciah Goodman, as well as Jonathan Babineaux to fill in at defensive end. None have demonstrated the skillset that Biermann has, and McCoy seemed to indicate that moving forward they would have separate players filling in for each part of the dual role that Biermann played. It is a major blow to the Falcons defense.
For Ewing, the injury means that in his first two seasons in the league, he will have played in only two games — he missed all of his 2012 rookie campaign with a knee injury. It would seem like a tough road lies ahead for Ewing, who is quickly establishing himself as injury prone, but coach Mike McCoy has already let him know that they will reconnect in the offseason and move forward, assuming they can keep him healthy. For the time being, the team will need to sign a new fullback as Ewing was the only one on the roster.