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Falcons S Allen tears Achilles, out for year

Updated: 24-09-2018 21:07 IST

Atlanta Falcons safety Ricardo Allen tore his Achilles in Sunday's game and will miss the rest of the season.

The Falcons confirmed Allen's injury on Monday and will play the rest of the season without their starting safeties. Strong safety Keanu Neal suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 at Philadelphia.

Allen was injured in the Falcons' 43-37 loss to New Orleans. During the game, the Falcons announced Allen had a calf injury.

He signed a three-year $19.5 million contract extension over the offseason. He is considered the leader of the defense, and his long-term loss likely will be significant for the team.

The Falcons defense also has been playing without linebacker Deion Jones (broken foot), defensive end Takk McKinley (groin) and defensive end Derrick Shelby (groin).

Coach Dan Quinn said Sunday, before the extent of the injury was confirmed, that the team likely will seek to bolster its injury-riddled defense.

"Yes, (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and I discussed that, and we'll continue to discuss that afterward," Quinn said. "We have some other guys with some versatility that we'll try to plug around. We'll see what the length of the injuries are. That would certainly make a difference if we went outside to look for somebody else."

Veteran safeties Eric Reid, Tyvon Branch and Mike Mitchell are free agents.

When Neal was injured, Quinn said the Falcons discussed adding Reid.

--Field Level Media

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