Falcons right tackle Mike Johnson sustained a dislocated left ankle and a broken left fibula during Tuesday’s practice with the Bengals, head coach Mike Smith said this evening, according to the club’s official Twitter feed.
Johnson, 26, was taken away from practice in an ambulance after being transported from the field on a cart, per multiple reports. He was one of the Falcons’ options to replace the departed Tyson Clabo as Atlanta’s starting right tackle. First-year pro Lamar Holmes is listed as Johnson’s backup on Atlanta’s depth chart.
According to Smith, Johnson is slated to have surgery next week.
Given the nature of Johnson’s injuries and their thinned depth at the position, it will be interesting to see if the Falcons look to add a free agent right tackle. Notable unsigned tackles with experience on the right side include Winston Justice, Sean Locklear and Jared Gaither.