Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London He played one series, earned his first pass as a pro and with that, departed Friday night 27-23 pre-season over the Detroit Lions with a knee injury.
London, the team’s first-round pick in April, did not return to the game. Falcons coach Arthur Smith did not have a post-game update to reporters in Detroit, but said they will know the severity of the injury tomorrow after the test. “It’s not a serious injury,” a source told ESPN’s Adam Shifter.
London is expected to be the No. 1 receiver in Atlanta in the fall and likely to be No. 2 behind the tight end Kyle Bates. He had one catch for 24 yards from the start of the quarterback Marcus Mariota – 24 yards – the Hawks led in a Friday night reception – then they ran to the sideline after the play. The coaches looked at London’s right knee on the bench, and he briefly went into the blue injury tent before being disqualified.
In college, Londoner fractured his right ankle last October, ending his final season at USC after 88 catches for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns in seven and a half games.
London was still on the sidelines in uniform during the first half and in streetwear in the second. Most Atlanta players played one possession before sitting out for the rest of the game.
In all, 11 players had assists for Atlanta on Friday night, and only one player, Frank DarbyIt has more than one reception. He had two for 14 yards. The Falcons will train next Sunday and have joint training with the New York Jets next Friday and Saturday in New Jersey.
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