News: 2 days agoThe Falcons placed Patterson (knee) on injured reserve Monday following a procedure, Scott Bair of the team's official site reports.
Spin: Patterson will need to spend at least four games on IR, but per D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the plan is for him to return this season. An actual timetable for Patterson's recovery remains undisclosed, as do details of his knee procedure. The veteran entered Sunday's 23-20 win over the Browns nursing a knee injury, and he logged only one carry in the second half before opting for surgery Monday. Rookie running back Tyler Allgeier looks primed for increased work in Patterson's stead, and Atlanta also inked Caleb Huntley to the 53-man roster in a corresponding move.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Patterson re-signed with Atlanta after a breakout 2021 campaign in which he ranked no lower than sixth among RBs in targets, receptions and receiving yards, while also finishing 14th in scrimmage yards (1,166) and seventh in TDs (11). Patterson was limited as a rusher, however, and didn't hold up for the entire season. In fact, he was seventh among RBs in fantasy points through Week 14, but failed to deliver a top-30 outing over the final four weeks. Now 31 years old, Patterson figures to remain in a time-share, though Atlanta's lack of offensive playmakers may again force him into a sizable role. He's best viewed as a flex option.