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Falcons injury update: Austin Hooper’s knee injury is not a ‘long-term issue’

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – In the closing minutes of Sunday’s loss to the Packers, Falcons tight end Austin Hooper went down to the ground with a knee injury and looked to be in pain.

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He eventually limped off the field with the help of the team’s trainers, but given the Falcons’ bad luck with injuries to major contributors this season there was reason for concern. Falcons coach Dan Quinn assuaged some of those feelings on Monday when he provided an update on Hooper’s health.

“Good news from him, nothing for him that is long-term,” Quinn said. “That’s what we feared for yesterday, when you do the evaluation, but you don’t know until the next day. Good news on his front. We’ll see where we end up this week on him, but definitely not ruling him out for the week. But it’s not a long-term issue so we’re thrilled about that.”

The third-year tight end is having his best season to date since entering the league as a third-round draft pick for the Falcons in 2016. He has caught 64 passes this season for 557 yards and four touchdowns.

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