An already depleted Atlanta Falcons receiving corps took another hit in Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks as tight end, Tony Gonzalez, was seen limping in the locker room after the game. Gonzalez was pulled out of the game briefly with what is being reported as a toe injury, but managed to return to the game. Appearing to be hobbled somewhat by the injury, Gonzalez finished with only 29 yards on three receptions.
When asked to speculate on his status moving forward, Gonzalez could only respond by saying, “We’ll see.” It seems as if the team will be taking a wait and see approach with Gonzalez as more tests are scheduled for this week.
Gonzalez also added that, “Usually when you have injuries, you can get through it through the game. Then the next day after it calms down and swells up a little bit, then that’s when the trouble starts. So, we’ll see how it goes. Tomorrow, I’m going to wake up, and hopefully it’s not that bad.”
Even if Gonzalez is healthy enough to suit up next week, both the seasons of Gonzalez and the Falcons are heading in a downward spiral. The team is averaging just 11 points per game over the last three weeks (all losses), and much of that has to do with the injuries to much of the Falcons offense.
With Julio Jones out and Roddy White just coming back from injury, Gonzalez has been garnering more attention than usual from defenses which has resulted in only two games which Gonzalez has posted double digit fantasy points. Because of the weakness of the tight end position this year, Gonzalez does still hold some value, but he is no longer an elite option. With this injury, an already nightmare season for Gonzalez and the Falcons continues.