The Falcons announced that starting cornerback Brian Williams was placed on injured reserve today, after suffering a torn ACL and other related knee damage in last night’s game vs. the Chicago Bears. Williams, an acquisition picked up from the Jacksonville Jaguars has served as the team’s starting corner since opening day. Williams finishes the season with 18 tackles, 3 passes defended, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, and a blocked punt.
The loss of Williams presents a large void in the Falcons young secondary. Williams was replaced by Chevis Jackson last night, who consequently was picked on for a touchdown pass on his first play on defense. Jackson, a third round pick in 2008 filled the role as a nickel corner for much of last season, but has gotten limited playing time thus far this year. The team also will look to veteran Tye Hill and rookie Chris Owens to help fill depth. Most likely, nickel corner Brent Grimes will fulfill Williams’ role as starting left corner.
The Falcons have an available roster spot that will be filled in the very near future according to head coach Mike Smith. Cornerback Glenn Sharpe is currently on the practice squad and could be promoted. Also the league’s trade deadline is tomorrow night, meaning it’s possible, albeit slim according to some sources, that the team could try to swing a last minute deal.