Wrist Surgery Puts Alford on IR

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Robert Alford

The Atlanta Falcons announced earlier today that cornerback Robert Alford would be placed on injured reserve after having season-ending surgery on his injured wrist earlier today. The Falcons had hoped for Alford’s return to the lineup, hinting at the possibility two weeks ago before the team’s encounter with the Green Bay Packers. Then Alford had been fitted with a special cast that could have prompted his early return from injury, that has caused him to miss time since the team’s Week 11 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Alford will finish his second season with the Falcons having started 10 games and totaled 29 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass deflections. Alford was originally drafted by the Falcons in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and started the final four games of his rookie season where he totaled 38 tackles, two interceptions and eight deflections. He was promoted to the starting lineup following the release of cornerback Asante Samuel this offseason and had his fair share of up and down performances in his first season as a full-time starter.

Robert McClain has replaced Alford in the starting lineup at the spot opposite left cornerback Desmond Trufant, who has spent a considerable time since Week 11 shadowing the opposing team’s No. 1 wide receiver. Nickel cornerback Josh Wilson suffered a hand/wrist injury during Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. If he misses time, nickel duties will likely fall to backup cornerback Javier Arenas. 2014 fifth-round pick Ricardo Allen is currently on the Falcons’ practice squad, and likely will be promoted to the roster to replace Alford.

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