Report: J.J. Wilcox suffers torn ACL at Falcons practice


Reserve safety J.J. Wilcox went down during a play early in practice and did not make any early sign of getting up. It was at that point that several defenders went over to see if he was okay.


According to a tweet by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Wilcox was not.

After trying to limp off the field, only to fall back onto the ground in obvious pain, Wilcox was helped to the sideline by Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee and taken inside by trainers. Neal suffered a torn ACL of his own in Atlanta's season opener last year against Philadelphia, while Kazee filled in for much of the season at free safety after the Falcons' starter, Ricardo Allen, tore his Achilles in Week 3.

Both Neal and Allen were back with the team for the first day of AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp, but the injury to Wilcox is certainly noteworthy and chips away at the team's depth. Wilcox was not the only injury of the day, either. Rapoport reported earlier Monday afternoon that Falcons defensive lineman Michael Bennett broke his ankle during the team's first practice.

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