McKinley is nursing a groin injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
McKinley has been no stranger to nagging injuries over the early course of his career having dealt with shoulder and arm issues already this year. The 2017 first-round pick has demonstrated a sense of toughness with his ability to play through lingering ailments, but it's too early to tell whether this groin injury will keep him out of Week 3 action. The nature of groin injuries can be tricky, but McKinley's practice report this week should provide a clear idea on where he stands.
McKinley posted two tackles (both solo), including a sack, in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Panthers.
McKinley has now posted a sack in each of Falcons' first two games, putting him on pace to easily best his 6.0 sacks from his rookie 2017 campaign. Looking ahead, McKinley and the Falcons gear up for a second straight divisional game in Atlanta as they host the Saints in Week 3.
McKinley recorded one tackle and a sack in Thursday's 18-12 loss to the Eagles.
McKinley started at defensive end and was largely held in check by the Eagles' nine-time Pro Bowl tackle, Jason Peters, despite McKinley being able to get to Nick Foles for one of Atlanta's two sacks of the game. The 2017 first-rounder should have an easier time in Week 2 when the Falcons host a Panthers team that is dealing with injury along its offensive line.
The second-year pass rusher seemed fully healthy against New York after being removed from practice with a bruised shoulder two weeks ago. On a third-and-medium situation during the game's opening drive, McKinley helped collapse the pocket on Josh McCown, and then quickly readjusted and assisted on a tackle of wide receiver Nate Sterling to force a punt. McKinley spun Bilal Powell to the ground on a stretch run on the first play of the second drive, and two plays later pressured Teddy Bridgewater from the blind side, leading to another third-down stop. McKinley was relieved by Derrick Shelby shortly thereafter.
Although technically an unofficial publication, it bodes well for McKinley that he has been penciled in as a starter along Atlanta's defensive line, taking over for the recently-departed Adrian Clayborn. Further positive news developed for the 22-year-old Tuesday when he participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time since exiting practice with a right arm bruise over a week ago.
|5||10/7/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/4/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/22/18||@ NO||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|