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Atlanta Falcons Star, Former First-Round Pick, Out For Year After Undergoing Knee Surgery

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Atlanta Falcons fans had their fears confirmed Wednesday.

Head coach Arthur Smith announced that tight end Kyle Pitts, who the team drafted No. 4 overall in 2021, had surgery on his injured knee this week and will miss the rest of the season.

Pitts, who eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie, caught 28 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games this season.

"Falcons TE Kyle Pitts underwent knee surgery on Tuesday and has now officially been ruled out for the rest of the 2022 NFL season, HC Arthur Smith said," Ari Meirov of Pro Football Focus tweeted.

Pitts sprained the MCL in his right knee during the Falcons' win over the Chicago Bears in Week 11.

The team placed Pitts on injured reserve last week, meaning he would have to miss at least four games. But some may have been holding out hope that the talented tight end could return for the last few weeks of the regular season and a potential playoff run.

However, news that Pitts needed surgery to address the injury ensures that his season is over.

The good news is that Smith said the injury is "nothing that concerns us going into 2023."

While the 5-7 Falcons have struggled at times this season, they are only half a game out of first place in the NFC South. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead the division with a record of 5-6.

Parker Hesse, Anthony Firkser and Mycole Pruitt rotated in Pitts' place during the Falcons' loss to the Washington Commanders on Sunday and will likely continue to do so for the remainder of the season.