080912 ATLANTA: The all new Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders cheer on the team during first half action against the Ravens in Atlanta on Thursday, August 9, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM
There were two major injuries that detracted from a stellar early showing in the Falcons exhibtion opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday at the Georgia Dome.
Second-year man Akeem Dent, slated to replace Curtis Lofton at middle linebacker, left the game with a concussion with 9:38 left in the second quarter. He was covering a punt when he was injured.
Also, rookie fullback Bradie Ewing, who was drafted in the fifth-round of the 2012 NFL draft out of Wisconsin left the game with a severe knee injury. He left the field on golf cart. He was competing with Mike Cox for the starting fullback position.
Neither Dent nor Ewing returned to the game. Dent will likely head into the league’s concussion protocol program and could miss valuable time, while Ewing, depending on the severity of the injury, could likely be lost for the season.
In addition to Dent and Ewing, the Falcons were also without wide receiver Harry Douglas, who suffered a rib injury in the controlled practice with the Tennessee Titans in Dalton on Monday. He was replaced in the Falcons’ three-wide receiver sets by Kerry Meier.
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