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ATLANTA — Atlanta Falcons right guard Brandon Fusco was knocked out of Monday night’s 23-20 win over the New York Giants with an ankle injury.

Fusco appeared to injure his right ankle in the first half and was carted off the field. Early in the second half, the team announced that the eighth-year veteran wouldn’t return.

It wasn’t a flawless outing as Atlanta (3-4) gave up chunk pass plays and points in the fourth quarter, but there were defensive moments to build upon.

Ben Garland replaced Fusco in the lineup at right guard. The Falcons previously lost their starting left guard when veteran Andy Levitre suffered a season-ending triceps injury. Wes Schweitzer took over for Levitre.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn did not immediately provide an update on Fusco’s status after the game. Fusco’s teammates remained optimistic.

“You definitely don’t want to see that, and it’s a rough, but I really wish Brandon heals up quickly,” center Alex Mack said. “He’s a great teammate and great player. I really like him, and I want him next to me. But that’s not how it always goes. And Ben is more than capable of stepping up.”

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