McCarron went down in the second quarter of a 37-17 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins. After the game, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith essentially confirmed the veteran’s season was done, saying the non-contact injury “did not look good.”
The organization officially announced the diagnosis moments ago.
“I really feel for AJ McCarron,” Smith said last night. “Any time something like that happens and it’s non-contact, it’s tough when you know what these guys put into it. I feel for AJ. We’ll obviously get the MRI to confirm but he’s heartbroken.
“He had bounced back and he was out there fighting, fighting for his team and trying to get the extra yards.”
QB AJ McCarron has a torn ACL and will miss the 2021 season. https://t.co/da1tGqieCi
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 22, 2021
With McCarron done for the year, the Falcons have to decide how they will proceed with the QB depth behind Matt Ryan. Feleipe Franks is on the roster, but the team may need to bring in outside help.
Options such as Blake Bortles or Josh Rosen are available on the open market, or the Falcons could opt to trade for another quarterback.
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