Crawford (biceps) is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery in the near future, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The operation means that Crawford now has no chance of being one of the two players the Falcons can activate from injured reserve later this season. Per McClure, the Falcons worked out a slew of defensive linemen Tuesday, so don't be surprised if the team adds depth to that position group prior to its next game Oct. 15 against the Dolphins.
After D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that the team was "planning on moving forward without" Crawford, his placement on injured reserve doesn't come as much of a surprise. With Crawford likely done for the year, Joe Vellano is in line to serve as the primary reserve defensive tackle.
Crawford (bicep) is expected to be out indefinitely, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The belief is that Crawford suffered a torn bicep in Sunday's loss to the Bills, but Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reported that the lineman will be undergoing an MRI to confirm. With Crawford out, Joe Vellano will be the lone backup defensive tackle who is healthy.
Crawford recorded two tackles (both solo) prior to leaving with the injury. There's no word on the severity of the injury at this point, but he was ruled out fairly soon after exiting.
Crawford inked a three-year, $10.3 million contract with the Falcons during the offseason. His start to camp has been slow due to a groin strain, but he was able to see 17 snaps in Falcons' Week 2 loss. The 28-year-old is trying to solidify a role on the team's defensive line, so his return will be advantageous for his chances.
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