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Kyle Pitts officially ruled out for the year

We break down the news that Kyle Pitts has an MCL tear. What it means for Week 12 and beyond.

Kyle Pitts #8 of the Atlanta Falcons attempts to catch a pass during the first half in the game against the Los Angles Chargers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 06, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Adam Hagy/Getty Images

Wednesday 11/30 Update: Pitts underwent knee surgery on Tuesday. Falcons head coach Arthur Smith confirmed on Wednesday that Pitts is officially out for the rest of the 2022 season. The Falcons lose their best target in the passing game and will need someone to step up in his absence. Pitts has been on IR, but there was some hope he would be able to return by the end of the regular season, which is now off the table.

Monday update: The Falcons have place Kyle Pitts on I.R. He must be out at least four games, but if reports are true, he’s still likely done for the season. There’s no need to hold onto him in redraft fantasy leagues.

Monday update: He will have a second opinion, but it appears that Kyle Pitts is done for the season despite multiple reports that he had avoided a tear.

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts was forced from the Falcons Week 11 matchup with the Bears due to a knee injury. It now appears that Pitts suffered an MCL sprain, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Falcons will need to confirm this diagnosis with an MRI on Monday, but it looks like Pitts will likely miss a few games due to the injury.

Fantasy football implications for Week 12

Pitts was starting to see more snaps and more first reads in the Falcons offense. He has been a major disappointment in fantasy, but it did look like he was starting to become more consistent in his usage, which is key for fantasy tight ends. But, that changes now of course.

MyCole Pruitt and Anthony Firkser would likely take on the role while Pitts is out and they won’t have any fantasy value unless Firkser somehow becomes a big target out of nowhere. This injury should help Drake London the most, as he will become the first read in the offense moving forward.