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Falcons safety Kazee carted off with Achilles injury

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Atlanta Falcons starting free safety Damontae Kazee was carted off the field in the second quarter of Monday night’s game at the Green Bay Packers with an Achilles tendon injury.

Kazee fell to the ground and grabbed the back of his left foot/leg. He remained on the ground in obvious pain while being checked by the training staff before he was carted off, and was later ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Sharrod Neasman replaced Kazee at free safety.

The Falcons entered the game already down two safeties with Keanu Neal sidelined by a hamstring injury and Ricardo Allen out with a hyperextended elbow. The Falcons started Kazee and rookie Jaylinn Hawkins at the safety spots.

Atlanta also entered the night missing starting cornerback A.J. Terrell, who remains on reserve/COVID-19 list, and veteran corner Darqueze Dennard, who is on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

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