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November 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons guard Mike Johnson (79) celebrates his touchdown reception against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons lose starting RT Mike Johnson for season to ankle injury

The Atlanta Falcons offensive line depth has taken a big hit. News surfaced on Wednesday morning that starting right tackle Mike Johnson will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a major ankle injury. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Johnson suffered a “dislocated and fractured his ankle.”

Johnson was one of the anchors on a very solid offensive line that has the important job of keeping quarterback Matt Ryan upright, but now they will have to search for a replacement during camp.

Lamar Holmes and Alec Savoie are slated as the team’s back ups at the position.

Without Johnson, there is a glaring weakness along the line that opposing pass rushers will be able to exploit. Hopefully for Matt Ryan, that won’t mean that he is running for his life on every down and looking to avoid an injury of his own.

The team could also look to go the free agent route to add to their depth, but it is going to be hard to replace Johnson with just a few weeks until the regular season.

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