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Falcons’ Michael Bennett could return at some point this year

Michael Bennett

Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Michael Bennett suffered a broken ankle during the first day of Falcons training camp and will require surgery to repair the injury, but Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn says that Bennett could return at some point this year, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bennett is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played just two games, logging five tackles.

The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Ohio State, was originally selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round (180th pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He went on to appear in 13 contests with the Jaguars during his rookie year, finishing with 10 tackles and a half of a sack. Bennett then participated in just one game with Jacksonville in 2017, recording one tackle.

Bennett marks the second Falcons player who suffered a serious injury during the first day of training camp on Monday, as safety J.J. Wilcox, who signed with the club as a free agent earlier this offseason, tore his ACL and will miss the entire 2019 campaign.

Atlanta also opened up camp without key players wide receiver Julio Jones and linebacker Deion Jones, who are both recovering from foot injuries. Deion played in just six games this past year as a result of his respective injury.

The Falcons won just seven games in 2018, missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign.

They made back-to-back playoff appearances in 2016-17 and 2017-18, including a trip to the Super Bowl in the former year.