Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts will be out "in the short-term" with a knee injury, head coach Arthur Smith said Monday.
NFL Network, however, reported that an MRI revealed a torn MCL that will require surgery. The team will seek a second opinion before deciding the next step, per the report.
Pitts took a hit to his right knee early in the third quarter of Sunday's 27-24 victory against the visiting Chicago Bears. He had three catches for 43 yards before exiting.
Pitts, 22, has 28 receptions for 356 yards and two touchdowns through 10 starts this season.
He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie first-round pick in 2021, catching 68 passes for 1,026 yards and a touchdown in 17 games (15 starts). He joined Mike Ditka as the only rookie tight ends in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards.
--Field Level Media