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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Has option picked up

    Lindstrom had his fifth-year option picked up by the Falcons on Monday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Lindstrom has been a starter at guard for the Falcons in every game he's played since he was selected in the first round of the 2019 Draft. The 25-year-old didn't allow a sack last season and should continue to hold down the starting right guard position this year.
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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Performing well heading into bye

    Lindstrom is rated as the eighth-best offensive guard in the NFL through nine weeks of the 2020 season, per Pro Football Focus. After missing 11 games last season because of a foot injury, the Boston College product is coming into his own in his second year as a pro. Lindstrom has played 100 percent of Atlanta's snaps on offense this season, with the offensive line allowing Matt Ryan to take more than two sacks in a game just once thus far in 2020. The 23-year-old has personally surrendered three sacks in his sophomore campaign but has to commit a penalty.
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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Starts five times in 2019

    Lindstrom allowed zero sacks and committed just one penalty while starting in all five of the games he played during his rookie season. The No. 14 overall pick suffered a broken foot during Atlanta's season opener against the Vikings and didn't see the field again until Week 14, but when he suited up, he lived up to his first-round status. The Falcons' ground attack vastly improved during the three games in which Lindstrom played every offensive snap, with Atlanta averaging 103.7 rushing yards per game Weeks 15 through 17, compared to just 80.8 rushing yards per game in 13 contests in which the guard was either inactive or limited. Heading into his second season, Lindstrom will work alongside fellow 2019 first-rounder Kaleb McGary on the right side of Atlanta's offensive line.
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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Returning Week 14

    Lindstrom (foot) will be activated off injured reserve and play Sunday against the Panthers. The 22-year-old underwent foot surgery in early September and is now set to make his first appearance since the season opener. Lindstrom is likely to reclaim his starting role at guard for the Falcons. Fellow guard James Carpenter (concussion) is out, which should keep Wes Schweitzer starting for at least another week.
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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Back at practice

    Lindstrom (foot) is participating in Monday's practice, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports. Lindstrom's return to practice kicks off a 21-day window for the Falcons to evaluate him for activation to the 53-man roster. The rookie first-round pick is recovering from early-September foot surgery. If he manages to retake the field, Lindstrom would provide a notable boost to Atlanta's offensive line.
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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Sheds walking boot

    Lindstrom (foot) was spotted without a walking boot Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Lindstrom is scheduled for a follow-up appointment with his doctor this week. He's recovering from surgery undergone in early September. The rookie first-round pick is eligible to return from IR as soon as Week 10, but based on the fact that he hasn't yet resumed practicing, Lindstrom's chances of returning from IR remain uncertain.
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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Still facing absence

    Lindstrom (foot) is not expected to practice this week even though he's eligible to do so, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports. Lindstrom is set to meet with his doctor this week for a check-up, as he underwent surgery following Week 1's loss to Minnesota. He's on IR and is eligible to return for Week 10, but the fact that he's still not able to practice this week casts serious doubt on his chances. In the meantime, Jamon Brown is expected to continue his efforts as the team's starting right guard.
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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Goes under knife

    Lindstrom (foot) underwent surgery Wednesday and will be in a boot for eight weeks, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Lindstrom is currently on injured reserve, but he could return in Week 10. If there's no setbacks in his recovery, that's likely the plan for the rookie first-round pick. Until then, Jamon Brown is expected to start at right guard.
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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Lands on IR

    The Falcons placed Lindstrom (foot) on injured reserve Monday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Lindstrom was diagnosed with a broken foot during Sunday's loss to the Vikings, and was already expected to miss at least eight weeks. He'll still have a chance to return for the second half of the season, but Jamon Brown and Wes Schweitzer are now the candidates to replace him at right guard.
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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Expected to miss eight weeks

    Lindstrom broke a bone in his foot during Sunday's loss to the Vikings and is expected to wear a boot for eight weeks, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Lindstrom appears bound for IR due to his recovery timetable, but he could be a candidate to return later in the regular season. As long as the rookie first-round pick remains sidelined, expect one of Jamon Brown or Wes Schweitzer to slot into the starting lineup at right guard.
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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Suffers injury Sunday

    Lindstrom is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Vikings after suffering a foot injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. It's unclear how Lindstrom picked up the injury, but it's likely the team will hold out their 2019 first-round pick for the rest of the game, considering the Falcons were trailing by four touchdowns when he exited. Ty Sambrailo could slide in at right guard as long as Lindstrom is sidelined.
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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Taking first-team reps

    Lindstrom got extensive work with the starters during Atlanta's OTA session Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. The rookie right guard heads into minicamp with high expectations after being selected No. 14 overall in April's draft, and he's already garnering praise from one of the NFL's most-respected offensive linemen of the past decade. Alex Mack said Thursday that he enjoys going to work every day alongside Lindstrom, and that the 23-year-old is "smart, eager to learn and humble." Lindstrom was by far the most polished lineman last year for a Boston College front five that ranked among the nation's 50 best teams in terms of both rushing yards per game (48th) and sacked allowed per game (47th).
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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Agrees to terms with Atlanta

    Lindstrom signed a four-year deal with the Falcons on Thursday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports. The No. 14 overall pick in April's draft signed an injury agreement to participate in Falcons rookie minicamp Friday and Saturday, but now his tenure with the franchise truly gets underway. As the last of Atlanta's seven draft choices to agree to terms with the team, Lindstrom projects to have the biggest impact among the group during 2019. Outside of Alex Mack, the interior of the offensive line was in shambles last year, with Brandon Fusco (ankle) landing on injured reserve in late October, and Andy Levitre (triceps) suffering decisive setbacks in his comeback bid from a torn triceps the season prior. Widely regarded as the first- or second-ranked guard prospect in the 2019 class, Lindstrom aims to have his spot in the starting rotation locked down for the next decade.
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  • Falcons' Chris Lindstrom: Lone Falcons pick still unsigned

    Lindstrom is set to participate in Falcons rookie minicamp Friday and Saturday despite not yet having signed a contract with the team, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Contract talks between Lindstrom and the team have been amicable all along, but the No. 14 overall pick remains Atlanta's only unsigned rookie. Lindstrom is expected to sign an injury agreement to suit up Friday and Saturday for rookie minicamp, setting a positive tone for his tenure as a leader for the Falcons offensive line. One of the most polished guard prospects in this year's class, Lindstrom's assimilation into the starting lineup will help improve an Atlanta ground attack that ranked bottom-10 in both rushing touchdowns (11) and rushing yards per game (98.3) during 2018.
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