The Atlanta Falcons won their season opener Sunday at Kansas City but the victory came with an expensive price.
Cornerback Brent Grimes has been lost for the season with an Achilles tendon injury. Falcons coach Mike Smith announced the news at his press conference this afternoon. Grimes underwent an MRI this morning and he will require season-ending surgery.
It’s a huge blow for the Falcons, who have had issues in their secondary over the last few seasons. Grimes had been secured with the franchise tag for this season. The money for 2012 is guaranteed, of course, but this will make it difficult for him to achieve top pay on the open market in March.
If there is a blessing in disguise for Grimes, maybe it’s that the injury occurred at the start of the season and not later on. But it’s a crippling loss for the club and certainly impacts him moving forward.
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