The Detroit Lions haven’t even played their Week 2 game yet, but there’s already some important news regarding their Week 3 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.
Linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. left Sunday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers and did not return. According to Zach Klein of WSB-TV in Atlanta, Beasley suffered a slight tear in his hamstring and will be out at least a month.
NFL league source tells me Falcons LB Vic Beasley has a slight hamstring tear and is expected to miss at least the next month pic.twitter.com/z9Fq2HPKNc— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) September 18, 2017
This would be a huge loss for the Falcons, as Beasley led the entire NFL in sacks last year with 15.5. The Falcons’ 2015 first-round pick already had two sacks on the season before leaving Sunday’s game during the third quarter.
That being said, the Falcons do have other capable pass rushers on the team. Adrian Clayborn picked up a sack on Sunday and laid this hit on Aaron Rodgers. Additionally, the Falcons drafted Takkarist McKinley in the first round this year, and he had two quarterback hits against the packers.
Beasley wasn’t the only significant injury the Falcons suffered against the Packers. Starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder (concussion) and defensive tackle Courtney Upshaw (ankle) both left the game in the first quarter and did not return. The Falcoholic has more details on the myriad of injuries suffered on Sunday night.
The Lions’ offensive line had some early struggles last week against the Cardinals, and with Greg Robinson still settling in at left tackle, these injuries—especially Beasley’s—could have a huge impact on next week’s game.