As if things couldn't have gone any worse for the Falcons in Minnesota, Atlanta may be losing first-round pick and starting right guard Chris Lindstrom. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports "Atlanta fears" Lindstrom suffered a fractured foot in Week 1 against Minnesota.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn did not reveal the seriousness of Lindstrom's injury, but he did exit with a foot injury and didn't return Sunday.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff was criticized this past offseason for drafting Lindstrom and then trading back up into the first round to select Kaleb McGary after signing James Carpenter and Jamon Brown to rather sizable, multi-year deals in free agency, but Dimitroff can point to Lindstrom's foot injury as the reason why. Atlanta wanted to create a summer of competition and add depth to its offensive line.
Brown was inactive Sunday against the Vikings, but he will likely have the first opportunity to replace Lindstrom should he need to miss Week 2. Carpenter started at left guard Sunday. McGary started at right tackle but his backup, Ty Sambrailo, also played.
Clearly, the Falcons offensive line remains unsettled, but at least it's deeper than a year ago. Should the Falcons confirm Lindstrom has a foot fracture, that depth will be tested until his return.