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.
Falcons TE Kyle Pitts is OUT FOR THE YEAR, according to Arthur Smith.— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) November 30, 2022
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.
Sources: #Falcons standout TE Kyle Pitts is believed to have suffered a torn MCL that would require surgery. This is following his MRI today. A brutal blow to one of the game’s best young players. He’ll have a second opinion before deciding what's next. pic.twitter.com/bR4PyMJNks— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 21, 2022
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.