Blalock, 30, had his streak of consecutive regular-season starts end at 102. He had never missed a game because of injury since the Falcons selected him in the second round of the 2007 draft out of Texas.
Blalock said it “sucked” to sit out and called it a “surreal” experience to watch the Falcons play from the sidelines. But he said he had to be smart about the injury.
“Ultimately, I didn’t want to go out there and be a detriment to the team just for my own vanity,” he said. “I don’t think the streak is going to be something that goes on my tombstone or anything. There are a lot bigger things going on.”
Blalock’s games-played streak was impressive for any player, and especially for an offensive lineman who engages with opponents on virtually every play.
“Plenty of luck,” he said. “A lot of people back home praying for me. Lots of things play into it. Also taking care of your body and things like that also play a part of it. Hopefully it’s time to start another, probably lesser, streak.”