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Jonathan Babineaux Injury: Partially Torn MCL Could Be Cause For Concern

Jonathan Babineaux suffered a knee injury Sunday now being diagnosed as a partially torn MCL.

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 11:  Jonathan Babineaux #95 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens at Georgia Dome on November 11 2010 in Atlanta Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 11: Jonathan Babineaux #95 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens at Georgia Dome on November 11 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jonathan Babineaux has been one of the most consistent Atlanta Falcons over the past few seasons, missing just one start in the past three years. Even a partially torn MCL couldn't keep the defensive tackle off the field on Sunday as Babineaux returned from the locker room in the third quarter to play the remainder of the game despite the knee injury.

Babineaux's injury doesn't seem to be a huge reason for concern considering team doctors allowed him to play the remainder of Sunday's game, a 30-12 loss to the Chicago Bears. If Babineuax is forced to miss any amount of time, the Falcons may need to sign a replacement as injury issues have already decimated the defensive line. 

Fellow starting defensive tackle Corey Peters missed Sunday's game with a lingering knee injury and if two backups are needed to start on the interior line, the Falcons could find themselves in an 0-2 hole after next week's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.