Falcons safety Keanu Neal is helped off the field after suffering his second-quarter Achilles injury Sunday. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Photo: Justin Casterline/Getty Images
Photo: Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Injury update: Falcons safety Keanu Neal

Falcons safety Keanu Neal, who missed 13 games last season after suffering a torn Achilles heel, gave an update on his recovery Thursday. 

“By God’s grace, I feel awesome,” Neal said on the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” show when asked about his recovery. “I feel like myself again. I’m grateful.”

Neal has missed most of the past two seasons. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener against the Eagles in 2018. He went back in the game, but couldn’t continue. 

He went down in the third game against the Colts last season. 

“These past couple of years have been tough,” Neal acknowledged. “I try not to look at the negatives. I try to think positive about it. I’ve (had) a lot of opportunities to spend time with my wife, family, friends and groom myself personally. It’s been tough, but it’s been a great time. I feel really good mentally and physically. 

“I’m ready to get back with the guys and get everything going. “

Neal was set to get married March 28, but postponed the wedding for a year after the nation shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Eventually, he and Krizia Thalia Neal elected to get married in his hometown church in Groveland, Florida in May.

“She’s amazing,” Neal said. “It was dope.” 

The hard-hitting Neal went to the Pro Bowl in 2017 and was considered the team’s enforcer on defense. 

 ---

The Bow Tie Chronicles Podcasts:

Can be found on Google, iTunes and TuneIn

For more content about the Atlanta Falcons:

Follow me on Twitter @DorlandoAJC

On Facebook at Atlanta Falcons News Now

Atlanta Falcons coverage on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Have a question? Email me at dledbetter@ajc.com

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.
AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.

Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.
AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.

With the largest team in the state, the AJC reports what’s really going on with your tax dollars and your elected officials. Subscribe today. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.

Your subscription to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.

X