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AJ McCarron, the Falcons’ quarterback, was ‘heartbroken’ after suffering a knee injury against the Dolphins.

According to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback AJ McCarron will have an MRI on Sunday after suffering a right knee injury against the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.
After the game, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith revealed the team is expecting awful news on quarterback Matt Ryan’s injured knee.
“I have a lot of sympathy for AJ McCarron,” Smith remarked.
“It’s tough when something like that happens and it’s non-contact when you know what these men put into it.”
I’m sorry for AJ.
We’ll have an MRI to make sure, but he’s devastated.
“He had rebounded back and he was out there battling for his team and trying to get the extra yards,” said McCarron, who was hurt in the first quarter of the Dolphins’ 37-17 loss on Saturday.
It’s unclear if he was hurt on a seven-yard run or on the next snap’s non-contact play.
Since being chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014, the 30-year-old has bounced around the league.
He played with the Bengals for three seasons before joining the Raiders in 2018 and then the Texans in 2019 and 2020.
McCarron has completed 62.6% of his throws for 1,173 yards and six touchdowns versus three interceptions in 17 outings.
In Saturday’s game, Feleipe Franks took McCarron’s spot.
The Falcons have only three quarterbacks on the roster, so McCarron will have to be replaced this week.
According to Spotrac, signal-callers Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, and Blake Bortles are among those still available.

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Falcons quarterback AJ McCarron is mocked on Twitter, while Feleipe Franks is lauded for his Atlanta debut.

AJ McCarron has played in the NFL for seven seasons, but he didn’t appear to be a seasoned veteran during his Falcons debut on Friday night.
To give Matt Ryan to rest, the Falcons began McCarron in their preseason opener against the Titans.
McCarron was used in the first half of Atlanta’s 23-3 loss, but he was unable to lead a scoring drive.
The Falcons only gained 6 yards in the first half after McCarron’s first three possessions all resulted in negative yardage.
MORE: What you need to know about the 2021 NFL roster cuts McCarron was sacked twice in the pocket, but he also threw some poor passes.
Take, for example, this interception that appeared to be thrown directly to Titans linebacker David Long Jr.
McCarron had only completed 5 of 12 passes for 36 yards and two interceptions at the conclusion of the night.
Falcons fans were dissatisfied with their quarterback’s performance and resorted to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
Some even joked about Ryan’s backup, 40-year-old Matt Schaub.
The ref that threw that flag has at least double the arm of AJ McCarron https://t.co/gZFhD0GjWO — Chandler Crawford (@chandlercraw9) August 13, 2021
— Falcoholic Matt (@FalcoholicMatt) August 13, 2021 I predicted there was a 99% chance AJ McCarron would be the QB2 in 2021, but he’s certainly leaving room for competition.
AJ McCarron isn’t Matt Schaub. — SportsTalkATL Jake (@cantguardjake) August 14, 2021
AJ McCarron had another interception. — Falcoholic Matt (@FalcoholicMatt) August 13, 2021
Is there anyone who wants to call Matt Schaub?
AJ McCarron is the worst quarterback in the NFL, bar none. — Tori McElhaney (@tori_mcelhaney) August 14, 2021 Nathan Peterman watching AJ McCarron play pic.twitter.com/sZvjgizEeS — Stream the Vote (@StreamtheVote) August 14, 2021
I’ll say it again: enough of AJ McCarron for tonight — NOMAD (@NomadXJoker) August 14, 2021 McCarron’s performance was only made worse by third-string quarterback Feleipe Franks producing a few of good highlights. — CFBLIVE247 (@CFBLive247_) August 14, 2021
The Arkansas undrafted rookie had a great stiff-arm on a scramble and a 51-yard rush later in his game.
Feleipe Franks, a rookie quarterback, is flailing his arms in the air.
Naturally, those two plays were enough for some Falcons fans to determine that Franks would be a better backup quarterback than McCarron. #TENvsATL pic.twitter.com/LCMDmDTlFn — NFL (@NFL) August 14, 2021
Kevin Keneely (@KevinKeneely1) August 14, 2021 Feleipe Franks is so much better than AJ McCarron — Davey (@daveyhort85) August 14, 2021 Falcons QB depth chart after tonight…
Matt Ryan Feleipe Franks Me AJ McCarron#RiseUpATL — Hunter (@HunterFalcons84) August 14, 2021 Nevertheless, Franks only completed 2 of 9 passes for 9 yards, indicating that the Falcons may have a backup quarterback problem regardless of who gets the job.