Falcons lose backup QB AJ McCarron to torn ACL

The Atlanta Falcons will be without backup quarterback AJ McCarron for the upcoming NFL season after he tore the ACL in his right knee.

McCarron injured his knee in the second quarter of Saturday’s preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins. After handing off the ball to running back Qadree Ollison the quarterback grabbed his knee.

Trainers and doctors examined McCarron on the field before making their way to the locker room.

Undrafted rookie Feleipe Franks replaced McCarron in the game and is listed as the only quarterback on the Falcons roster besides starter Matt Ryan.

McCarron was 3 of 6 for 43 yards while adding a rush for seven yards in the contest.

The Falcons surely will keep an eye on what happens Tuesday afternoon as teams across the league must cut their rosters to 80 players.

Despite going 4-12 last season the Falcons were consistent at quaterback with Ryan starting all 16 contests. Aside from two throws by wide receiver Russell Gage, Ryan was the lone quarterback under center during the regular season in 2020.

In a career that has lasted six seasons, McCarron has appeared in 17 regular season games making four starts. He has six career touchdowns and three interceptions to go with 1,173 career passing yards.

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