- Height / Weight
- 6'0" / 211 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- July 26, 1995 (23)
- 3rd Season
- 2016 / Rd. 1 / Pk. 17 (ATL)
Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal (knee) suffered a torn ACL in the Week 1 game against the Eagles on Thursday and is out for the year, according to a source. As ESPN's Adam Schefter notes, this is a huge blow for the Falcons secondary and defense overall, as Neal was one of their best overall playmakers. Not only was Thursday's loss a tough one to swallow, but this is salt in Atlanta's wounds. Neal was a top IDP safety and can now be dropped in single-year formats.
Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal (knee) injured his left knee in Week 1 on Thursday night and is questionable to return. His injury didn't look good, so we wouldn't expect him to return for the rest of this game. The 23-year-old has been great for the Falcons in his two seasons, racking up 100-plus tackles each year and also forcing eight fumbles (three recoveries) with one interception. Hopefully for his IDP owners, he'll be able to return in Week 2.
The Atlanta Falcons came into 2016 tied with the San Francisco 49ers for the toughest schedule in the NFL. The injury to Keanu Neal Thursday night, the Falcons first overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, pushed the Falcons DST even further down the ADP list, into "undraftable" status. Neal's minor knee injury will only cause him to miss an estimated three to four weeks; however, knee injuries are notorious for lingering throughout the season. Add the fact that Neal is a first round pick, and it goes without saying that the Falcons would plan to take his rehab at a slow pace. With Vic Beasley, 2015 first rounder, also struggling to make an impact, the Falcons DST is only safe to start in week 11; their bye week.