Falcons CB Desmond Trufant may need season-ending surgery
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) celebrates picking off Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
ATLANTA (AP) - Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant could be facing season-ending surgery as early as this week.
Trufant is missing his second straight game with a pectoral/shoulder injury when Atlanta hosts the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
The team says Trufant has a doctor's appointment scheduled for this week, which could confirm that surgery is needed to fix the torn pectoral muscle.
Trufant missed the first game of his four-year career in Atlanta's loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 13. Falcons coach Dan Quinn expressed optimism about Trufant's possible return on Wednesday following a bye week, but Trufant continued to experience problems throughout the week.
Trufant, a first-round pick in 2013 and the team's top defensive back, has seven career interceptions, including one this season.