NFL: Falcons TE Kyle Pitts out for season, recovering from surgery

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts is recovering from surgery to repair a torn MCL in his right knee and is out for the season.

Pitts shared a post-operation photo from a hospital bed showing his knee in a brace. The image was on his Instagram story Wednesday.

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“Day 1,” read the caption.

Falcons coach Arthur Smith said Wednesday the Falcons would shift Pitts’ focus toward getting healthy and preparing for next season. He’s expected to be ready to roll by the time the Falcons convene for minicamp in April.

“Nothing that concerns us going into 2023,” Smith said of Pitts’ operation.

The Falcons placed Pitts on injured reserve Monday, one day after taking a hit to the knee in the third quarter of a 27-24 victory against the Chicago Bears.

Pitts, 22, posted 28 receptions for 356 yards and two touchdowns in 10 starts this season.

He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie first-round pick in 2021, catching 68 passes for 1,026 yards and a touchdown in 17 games (15 starts). He joined Mike Ditka as the only rookie tight ends in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards.

–Field Level Media

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