By Alex Dobuzinskis/AP NFL players are reporting multiple concussions and several serious injuries, with some players reporting more than one concussion, the league announced Friday.
The NFL is also releasing an injury report on the two-game winning streak for the Atlanta Falcons, which snapped after a 27-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
Players are required to report to the league office for the concussion protocol if they have one.
“While we are not able to confirm every single injury, we have confirmed that all 32 NFL teams have confirmed at least one player has been concussed,” NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart said in a statement.
“Our investigators have determined that the injury reports issued to the players were accurate and that the players did not suffer any significant or permanent injury.
Players will continue to follow the protocols for a full medical evaluation.”
The Falcons lost their first game of the season after quarterback Matt Ryan had an illegal contact penalty for a hit on Saints safety Jairus Byrd.
The game was stopped when defensive end Michael Bennett stepped in front of Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
Byrd returned the ensuing kickoff 53 yards for a touchdown.
On the next play, Falcons quarterback Matt Flynn missed a 46-yard field goal attempt.
On fourth-and-10 from the Saints’ 34-yard line, Flynn fumbled the ball out of bounds, setting up the Saints touchdown.
The Falcons then took a 23-3 lead with 3:59 left in the third quarter.
After a score by Falcons linebacker Vontaze Burfict on fourth-down conversion, Saints quarterback Cam Newton made a 22-yard pass from the New England 37-yard-line to wide receiver Julio Jones, who returned it 56 yards for the game-winning score.
The Saints scored the next two touchdowns on fourth down.
On third-and 17 from the Falcons 20, New Orleans cornerback Stephon Gilmore was flagged for a false start.
He was taken down on the field for a safety, and was eventually flagged for another false start penalty.
In the first half, the Saints had 14 turnovers and were on the losing side in nine games this season.
In addition to Jones, defensive end Cameron Jordan was suspended for the second time in as many seasons after he was ruled out of a game against the Miami Dolphins on Friday because of a concussion.
New Orleans has been without two of its top defensive players since cornerback Delvin Breaux suffered a concussion on the second play of the game against Miami.
The team has also been without defensive end Greg Hardy, who suffered a fractured left hand last season.
Hardy, 27, was expected to be ready for training camp this spring.
The Dolphins were the first team to suspend Hardy this season, and he was fined $10,000 for the hit.
The other suspensions are for offensive lineman Joe Thomas, wide receiver Kenny Stills, tight end Antonio Gates and running back Damien Williams.