McKinley is facing offseason shoulder surgery

Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley is facing offseason left shoulder surgery, coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday.

“They are kind of finalizing through some of that now,” Quinn said. “They are going through the medical process with the doctors and second opinions and such. If it does, hopefully it would be something that wouldn’t be long-term, but it could affect his offseason.”

McKinley, who had been trying to play with the injury, left the game against the 49ers on Sunday after four defensive snaps. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

McKinley had shoulder problems at UCLA and was coming off a March 2017 shoulder surgery before the Falcons traded two draft picks to select him 26th overall.

“In week 11, we posted how he likely tore his labrum in his left shoulder and how he was tough to play through it,” wrote Dr. David Chao on his website, “In fact, on Twitter he appeared to have liked our tweet providing somewhat of a confirmation. In week 15, he re-aggravated the left shoulder and now his season is done. He will likely will have surgery but will be ready well ahead of training camp in next season.”

Chao was a NFL doctor for the San Diego Chargers for 17 seasons.


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