Fusco started seven games in Atlanta last season before landing on injured reserve due to a broken ankle. The same injury now appears to be to blame for the Fusco being cut by the team. The 30-year-old guard will face an offseason of recovery before searching for a role elsewhere in the league.
Fusco (ankle) is still in a walking boot Monday but expects to return for the 2019 season, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Fusco suffered a broken ankle during an Oct. 22 matchup against the Giants, which he considered to be the most serious injury of his career. The 30-year-old will face a difficult offseason of recovery, but he appears on track to retake the field in 2019. "I don't think they've put a pinpoint on when I'll be back," Fusco said, "but I'll definitely be back for next season."
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.
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