NEW ORLEANS (AP) -Byron Leftwich, making his first start for the Atlanta Falcons since joining the club a month ago, went down with an injured right ankle on his first series of the third quarter Sunday against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
He gingerly walked off the field with help from trainers as Joey Harrington, who lost his starting job to Leftwich this past week, came into the game.
Leftwich was performing well before being taken down by Saints defensive end Will Smith as he released a long incompletion.
He completed 15 of 23 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. He also led a pair of scoring drives that ended with Morten Andersen's two field goals, giving the Falcons a 13-7 halftime lead.
The Falcons said his return was questionable.
Shortly before Leftwich went down, Saints starting center Jeff Faine went to the locker room to have his left shoulder examined. Saints officials said his return was doubtful.
Faine, picked up in a draft-day trade with Cleveland in 2006, has been the Saints' starter ever since.
Jonathan Goodwin replaced Faine midway through the Saints' opening drive of the second half, which ended in rookie Pierre Thomas' first touchdown rushing in the NFL and gave the Saints a 14-13 lead.

Recent NFL Discussions

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Redskins 2016 Win Total Pick   After being the surprise winner of the NFC East in 2015, can the Washington Redskins find a way to have another big season in...
Thumbnail Bills Season Win Total Prediction Rex Ryan blew into Orchard Park last January with his patented bravado dialed up to 11, but all the swagger in the world couldn’t mask another disappointing...
Thumbnail Chicago Bears Win Total Picks The Chicago Bears find themselves in a competitive NFC North Division. Can they navigate the waters in 2016 to have a winning...
Thumbnail Rams Season Win Total Prediction Amid all the hullaballoo surrounding their move (back) to Los Angeles, the Rams actually lost some fairly significant pieces on the personnel side. Will a new man...
Thumbnail Dolphins Season Win Total Prediction With a new head coach and several fresh faces, will the Miami Dolphins win over or under 7 games in 2016?
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages

Advertisement