Desmond Trufant injury: Falcons CB ‘questionable’ to return

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant left in the first half against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night due to a thigh injury. The team announced on its official Twitter account that he’s questionable to return.

Trufant left the game early in the second quarter after suffering the injury to his thigh. It’s unclear when exactly the injury was sustained, as he left the field outside of a regular defensive play.

The rookie cornerback has struggled to cover Saints wide receiver Marques Colston early in the game, but he’s an important part of the Falcons secondary. The team can’t afford to be without a key defensive back against one of the league’s most potent offenses, and it’s now on Robert McClain to cover Colston.

Atlanta and New Orleans are locked in a close game — the Saints lead, 14-13, with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. Neither team has broken out offensively yet, setting up a fascinating conclusion.

The Saints might not be the most complete team in the NFL, but they’re the best equipped to manage the tempo of the game. There have been overwhelming offenses in the past, but New Orleans has such varied weapons and Drew Brees is so talented that the team can throw deep and force teams to try and match them offensively. This is what happened on Sunday and why the 49ers lost.

We’ve seen teams lose by trying to stay in step with the Saints, but San Francisco self-sabotaged on Sunday when they quit on the run. Frank Gore had success moving the chains, but the 49ers inexplicably moved away from this strength and forced Colin Kaepernick to win with his arm. This was a bad move and only served to further hit the young quarterback’s confidence.

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