Fusco had already been declared out for the season, but his placement Wednesday made it official. The 30-year-old was the second offensive lineman in Atlanta to suffer a season-ending injury, which prompted the team to sign offensive linemen Austin Pasztor and Rees Odhiambo.
Fusco (ankle) is out for the season with a broken ankle, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Fusco started all seven games for the Falcons this season and didn't even miss a single snap entering Monday's game, in which Fusco went down in the second quarter and was replaced by Ben Garland. Look for Atlanta to move the veteran to injured reserve sooner than later.
The Falcons appear to be approaching this situation with a fair amount caution unwilling to risk losing Fusco for a longer period of time than necessary. Zac Kerin figures to be the right guard during Fusco's temporary absence.
It's unclear as to how serious Fusco's ankle issue is at the moment. Whether he's able to return to the contest will likely hinge on the decision of the medical staff. We'll likely garner a more clear understanding of his status following the contest. In the meantime, Zac Kerin appears to be the next man up.
Fusco was the first man up at right guard in Atlanta's game against Kansas City on Friday, after Wes Schweitzer got the nod in the preseason opener against the Jets last week. While head coach didn't go so far as to outright declare Fusco as the starter for the season, he did say that the seven-year veteran "earned the right to be the starter again" for the Falcons' upcoming preseason tilt against the Jaguars.
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