Monday morning's report from Ian Rapoport was the exact news that Atlanta Falcons fans were hoping to avoid.
Tight end Kyle Pitts, who left Sunday's game with a knee injury against the Chicago Bears, has reportedly suffered a torn MCL.
If true, Rapoport's update will be a devastating one in a number of ways. Chiefly, Falcons fans were initially led the believe that Pitts avoided what could have been a more serious injury. In a report from theScore's Jordan Schultz, sources indicated that Pitts didn't suffer any torn ligaments.
So, not only does this situation appear to have changed, but Pitts now seems likely to not only miss the remainder of the 2022 season but possibly require rehabilitation work during the offseason as well.
The injury bug has visited Pitts on a number of occasions, unfortunately. Earlier in the season, the Falcons played without the talented tight end due to a hamstring injury he'd suffered.
Immensely athletic and quick for his position, Pitts has had a relatively quiet 2022 from an offensive standpoint. The former Florida Gator has hauled in five passes on just two occasions through his 10 games played.
As of this writing, the Falcons haven't acknowledged or confirmed Rapoport's report.