Report: Falcons' JJ Wilcox Suffered Torn ACL; Expected to Miss Entire Season

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2019

This is a 2019 photo of J.J. Wilcox of the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team. This image reflects the Atlanta Falcons active roster as of Tuesday, June 11, 2019 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
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The Atlanta Falcons reportedly lost some of their safety depth during Monday's practice.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, J.J. Wilcox suffered a torn ACL and will miss the 2019 campaign. Rapoport noted the Georgia Southern product was expected to be Atlanta's third safety once the season started.

The Falcons signed Wilcox to a one-year deal this offseason after he spent time with the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets last season. The veteran entered the league in 2013 when the Dallas Cowboys selected him with a third-round pick, and he spent his first four years with the NFC East team before playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017.

Wilcox has six interceptions in his career, three of which came during the 2014 campaign.

The numbers don't jump out, but Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk noted "he was trying to make the roster as a backup safety, competing with Sharrod Neasman, Ryan Neal, Jason Thompson, Parker Baldwin and Chris Cooper."

Atlanta still has Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal locked in as the starting safeties but will be hard-pressed to make up for their loss of production should one suffer an injury.

The loss of Wilcox puts additional pressure on the other defensive backs competing for the backup safety roles.

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