The Atlanta Falcons have lost their safety Ricardo Allen for the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles.
Allen, who signed a three-year contract extension during the offseason, went down early in the extra period and was carted off the field.
“It hurts, especially when you know what ‘Rico’ means to this defense, how much he means to this whole team, how much he helps everyone, the person he is,” linebacker Duke Riley said of Allen. “He gets everything going. He’s a big, big part.”
The Falcons must now deal with the loss of Allen in addition to already having linebacker Deion Jones (knee) and safety Keanu Neal (knee) on injured reserve. Atlanta also played Sunday’s game without defensive end Takk McKinley, who was inactive with a groin injury.