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Falcons running back Ito Smith set to undergo surgery for torn meniscus

Ito Smith

Atlanta Falcons running back Ito Smith is set to undergo surgery for a torn meniscus after being injured in the team’s Week 15 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Smith exited the game in the fourth quarter after posting nine carries for 34 yards, and it’s clear now that it was an injury that will have him out of action for the rest of the 2018 season.

And now, the rookie back is preparing for surgery after being placed on injured reserve, according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure:

Falcons rookie RB Ito Smith will undergo surgery this week for meniscus damage in his left knee. Timetable for recovery unclear but at least it is not more serious like an ACL. Falcons placed Smith on Injured reserve with two games remaining in the season. Coach Dan Quinn likes Smith’s future with the team.

Smith will finish his first season in the NFL with 90 carries for 315 yards and four touchdowns while also racking up 27 receptions for 152 yards.

It’s been a less than ideal season for Quinn’s squad, as the Falcons have struggled to a 5-9 record after facing numerous injuries throughout the year.

There still appears to be a solid nucleus in place in Atlanta, especially considering the number of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. And when the defense is fully healthy, there’s no doubt that it can be just as effective.

The Falcons will try to finish the regular season on a strong note as they’ll prepare for back-to-back road trips to take on the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.