Injured offensive tackle Renardo Foster underwent an MRI on Monday morning, but the Falcons have no disclosed the results. Foster injured his left knee late in this past weekend’s loss to the New Orleans Saints. However, head coach Bobby Petrino did not sound optimistic in his Monday press conference indicating that the team might have to look at adding a free agent.
Foster, starting his second game on Sunday as a replacement for Wayne Gandy, went down in a similar way to Gandy in the loss to the Tennessee Titans two weeks ago. Gandy tore his ACL and is now done for the entire season. Foster suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in 2004 while he was at Louisville.
The Falcons are beat up currently at offensive tackle with Gandy out and fellow starter at right tackle Todd Weiner also injured. Weiner suffered a knee injury as well in the Titans game and has missed the past two weeks. The initial prognosis indicated that Weiner would be out for 2-6 weeks. He’s already missed two games, being replaced by guard Tyson Clabo. If Weiner is able to return soon, the potential loss of Foster would dramatically be reduced. But without him, the team might be forced to start backup right tackle Quinn Ojinnaka on the left side. Ojinnaka replaced Foster on Sunday after his injury. The team also signed tackle Harvey Dahl off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad two weeks ago. Neither Ojinnaka or Dahl have started an NFL game.
The Falcons will have a bye this week, which should give Weiner extra time to recover and also more time to find a potential replacement for Foster if need be.