Falcons’ Bryant Hurts Calf, Unsure Of Status Against Dallas

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) – Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant’s status for this week’s game against Dallas is uncertain after he hurt his right calf during warmups before the team’s loss at Carolina.

Bryant’s availability for longer field goals was uncertain after he felt pain in the calf while kicking a 53-yard field goal in the first quarter of the 20-17 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.

Coach Dan Quinn says the injury influenced decisions on two fourth down calls. The Falcons had possessions end at the Panthers 35 and 39 in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. With a healthy Bryant, each drive may have ended in field goal attempts.

The 42-year-old Bryant wouldn’t provide details of the injury. He says it is not related to a back injury he suffered earlier this season. He says “there’s a chance” he’ll kick in this week’s game against the Cowboys.

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