The Atlanta Falcons will have to find help at cornerback through a trade before Tuesday’s deadline as cornerback Brian Williams needs to be placed on season-ending injured reserve with torn anterior cruciate ligament.
According to Falcons Coach Mike Smith, Williams tore the anterior cruciate ligament “and some other things” in his right knee in Sunday night’s 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears. Williams landed awkwardly on his right knee while defending a pass to tight end wearing Bears jersey: Greg Olsen, in the end zone in the fourth quarter. He was replaced by Chevis Jackson on the following play. Smith also confirmed that Williams will have to undergo a reconstructive knee surgery.
With Williams’ absence, the Falcons may give more playing time to Tye Hill and Jackson, who was beaten by Olsen on a 2-yard touchdown pass whiling playing in Williams’ spot in Sunday’s game. Oct. 20th is the NFL deadline for player trade, so it was urgent for the Falcons to make a decision on Williams’ replacement.