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Jason Snelling Injury: Concussion Could Limit Falcons

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Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling suffered a concussion Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coach Mike Smith said Michael Turner's backup is currently following the NFL's concussion protocol. His status is currently up in the air.

Snelling left Sunday's game early to head to locker room with an apparent head injury -- after he was able to play only five snaps, in fact. Jacquizz Rodgers handled the bulk of the backup load, as he'll likely to against the Seattle Seahawks if Snelling can't go.

He hasn't piled up the stats so far this year, but that's par for the course as far as the Falcons running game has gone. He's a dependable runner, blocker and receiver who's even filled in at fullback before. He has eight catches for 43 yards and two rushes for 10 yards. Rodgers has 12 touches for 76 yards, but has emerged as a solid late-game option -- Matt Ryan tried to find him for a go-ahead touchdown against Tampa Bay, leading FOX's announcers to sputter about Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez as if the Bucs weren't also aware of those players. This has been quite a rant.

Anyway, Snelling is hurt. Let's hope he can make it back soon.

For discussion, turn to Falcons blog The Falcoholic.

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