Atlanta Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley may have to miss a significant amount of time this season after he suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter of their 34–23 victory against the Green Bay Packers this past Sunday.
According to WSB TV's Zach Klein, Beasley has a slight hamstring tear and he is expected to miss at least a month. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has also reported that the first-team All-Pro linebacker may be sidelined for a month, but Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has suggested that Beasley might return much sooner.
"We certainly won't put that kind of timeline on him. I'm not sure which docs reported that one, but it wasn't from ours. So, I know he's a guy that's going to work really hard at it. I know he'll miss this week and past that, we'll see where it goes - if he's able to make it back in time for the next game and then we have a bye. So, we'll see where it goes, but he'll definitely miss this week," Quinn said during a press conference on Monday, via the Falcons' official website.
Beasley was impressive last season as he finished the campaign as the National Football League's (NFL) sack leader with a total of 15.5 sacks. He was named to his first Pro Bowl last year and he also made the All-Pro first team.
The third-year pro started strong again this season with two sacks in two games, but he will have to sit on the sidelines until his hamstring gets better.
In his absence, rookie Takk McKinley should see his role increase and he will get his chance to shine. The former UCLA standout has played really well in their first two games this year. Aside from McKinley, the Falcons also have Adrian Clayborn and Courtney Upshaw on the roster.
Losing Beasley is going to hurt, but the Falcons can hold the fort until he comes back.