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Falcons rookie safety Neal to have ‘minor’ knee surgery

August 26, 2016 GMT
Miami Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron (84) is brought down by Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) after a reception during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.(AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)
Miami Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron (84) is brought down by Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) after a reception during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.(AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons rookie safety Keanu Neal will miss the start of the season with a knee injury.

The team says Neal will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday and will miss three to four weeks. Neal, the team’s first-round pick from Florida and a projected starter, hurt his knee in the first quarter of the Falcons’ 17-6 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. He had to be helped off the field.

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The team says a MRI on Friday revealed Neal’s injury.

The Falcons provided no update on wide receiver Julio Jones, who left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury.

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