The Atlanta Falcons will be without one of their most dynamic offensive weapons indefinitely – and possibly until the end of the season. Tight end star Kyle Pitts was placed on injury reserve on Monday, a day after he suffered a knee injury in the Falcons’ 27-24 win over the Chicago Bears. Pitts will miss at least the next four games.
Pitts caught three passes for 43 yards against Chicago before suffering an injury early in the third quarter. He was knocked down by fuse Eddie Jackson, and Pitts’ right knee was clearly overstretched. The injury looked serious, but Pitts left the field on his own. It was originally considered Pitts received an MCL strain based on initial tests.
The Florida product caught 28 of 59 goals for 356 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games played this season. He only averaged 35.6 receiving yards per game, which was a significant step back from the 60.4 receiving yards he averaged per game during his rookie season.
Pitts caught 68 passes for 1,026 yards and one touchdown in 17 games last season, making him the first rookie tight end to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season since Mike Ditka in 1961. The Pitts also broke Julio Jones’ Falcons. the newbie gets the record.
With Pitts gone, Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota will rely on Parker Hesse, Anthony Firkser and MyCal Pruitt to keep the tight position.