The Atlanta Falcons have made a decision on tight end Kyle Pitts for their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and it’s not the one fans have been hoping for.
Pitts has been ruled out of Sunday’s contest against Tampa.
The blow is a double whammy for the Falcons who also lost running back Cordarrelle Patterson to a knee injury for at least the next four games.
Pitts had missed practice the last two days, and rather than risk him on Sunday, the Falcons are shelving their star second-year player.
The loss of Pitts puts an even bigger focus on rookie Drake London who has been one of the top performing rookies in the NFL this season. London leads the team in catches, yards, and touchdowns (2) so far this season.
The Falcons are already a double-digit underdog going into their battle for first place against the Buccaneers. Losing Patterson and now Pitts doesn’t bode well for the Falcons.
Atlanta will lean heavily on a pair of relatively unproven running backs to try and establish the ground game. Rookie Tyler Allgeier has 42 rushing attempts so far this season, and Caleb Huntley made his professional debut last week against the Cleveland Browns.
The Falcons roster is razor thin because of salary cap limitations from the previous regime, and they couldn’t afford to lose two of their best play makers.
Hopefully for the Falcons, Pitts will be back next week after getting a break against the Buccaneers on Sunday.