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Falcons TE Austin Hooper to miss ‘some time’ due to knee injury

Falcons, Austin Hooper

The Atlanta Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints to come away with just their second win of the season on Sunday, but the victory proved costly.

Not only did the Falcons lose running back Devonta Freeman due to an ankle injury, but tight end Austin Hooper suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for some time, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Hooper will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the damage.

With just seven games remaining on Atlanta’s schedule, there seems to be a possibility that we won’t be seeing much more of Hooper for the rest of the season, and that’s a shame, especially given the season he has been having.

Hooper leads all tight ends with 56 catches and has totaled 608 yards and six touchdowns, representing one of the few bright spots for the Falcons in what has been a miserable 2-7 season.

The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Stanford, was originally selected by Atlanta in the third round (81st pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

He played in 14 games during his rookie campaign and had a limited role during the Falcons’ run to a Super Bowl appearance, logging 19 catches for 271 yards and three scores.

The following year, Hooper was far more productive, catching 49 passes for 526 yards while reaching the end zone three times. He then had a breakout season of sorts in 2018, hauling in 71 receptions for 660 yards and four touchdowns.

Atlanta will now head on the road to take on the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.