The Falcons' season-opening loss to the Eagles on Thursday night was even uglier than it initially looked. It's going to cost the Falcons more than just one game in the standings.
On Friday, the Falcons announced that Pro Bowl safety Keanu Neal will miss the rest of the year after suffering a season-ending knee injury on Thursday night. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the injury is a torn ACL.
Neal went down twice during the game. After the first instance, he was able to return. But he went down again and remained on the sideline for the remainder of the game. The severity of the injury might come as a surprise given the comments Dan Quinn made after the game, when he said that "it doesn't sound or appear to be something serious."
It ended up being serious. And the ramifications for the Falcons are equally serious.