Arthur Smith Announces Surprising Marcus Mariota Update in Week 15

David Kaestle
Arthur Smith announces Marcus Mariota Injury Update.
Arthur Smith announces Marcus Mariota Injury Update. / Associated Press
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The Atlanta Falcons have officially decided to hand over the reigns of the starting quarterback role to rookie Desmond Ridder. While this move was made to see what the Falcons have in Ridder before the offseason, and Mariota was expected to serve as the backup the rest of the season, the former starter might be taking a different route.

Marcus Mariota Injury Update

Falcons head coach Arthur Smith revealed that Mariota has a chronic knee issue and that after it was checked out, it appears Mariota will be headed to the IR, which will effectively end his season.

Smith claims the knee injury had no part in naming Ridder the starter, but now it really is the rookie's job to run the offense the rest of the way barring any health problems himself.

Ridder has yet to appear in an NFL game in his career, but clearly the team had seen enough in practice to start him in Week 15.

The Falcons will take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 15, where Atlanta is a 4-point road underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's latest NFL odds.

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