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Hindsight being 20/20, the Atlanta Falcons are ecstatic that they traded for cornerback Asante Samuel earlier in the off-season.

The trade for Samuel was meant to bolster an already decent secondary. It now looks like that trade may save the Falcons' season after a big injury occurred during their Week 1 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Pro Football Talk is reporting that Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a serious Achilles injury.

"Falcons coach Mike Smith opened his Monday press conference by announcing that cornerback Brent Grimes is heading to injured reserve. Grimes left Sunday’s game late with what was being called a calf injury, but an MRI revealed that Grimes suffered a major injury to his Achilles. He won’t be designated for a possible return, which means that Grimes is done for the year after less than one game," PFT writes.

It is a terrible injury for Grimes, who was franchised by the Falcons this off-season and was headed towards a nice payday. Grimes now will have plenty of time to get healthy and prove he can still be the tough, rugged corner that he built his reputation on.

Glenn Erby is a NFL writer for FootBasket. He also owns the NFL blog, Tha Cover 2. You can read more about him over there. Follow him on Twitter @thacover2.


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