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Desmond Trufant | Defensive Back | #21

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
College: Washington
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (22) / ATL
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Falcons LCB Desmond Trufant has been cleared for Week 14.
He'll be in the starting lineup on Thursday Night Football against the Saints. Across 11 starts this season, Trufant has ten pass breakups and two interceptions. At times a shadow corner in the past, Trufant has played all LCB this year. Mon, Dec 4, 2017 03:36:00 PM

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Falcons declared Desmond Trufant (concussion) inactive for Week 13 against the Vikings.

Trufant was ruled out on Friday, and the Falcons will also be without CB Brian Poole (back). Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs could have big days. In addition to the corners, Atlanta declared LB Sean Weatherspoon (illness), WR Nick Williams, RB Terrence Magee, OT Ty Sambrailo, and OG Sean Harlow inactive.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 11:32:00 AM

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant (concussion) is out for Week 13 against the Vikings.

Trufant is still recovering from a concussion he suffered in last week's win over Tampa Bay. His absence is an enormous upgrade for Stefon Diggs.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 01:27:00 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said CB Desmond Trufant remains in the concussion protocol.

Trufant did not practice on Wednesday, and it does not look like he will be available for Sunday's game against the Vikings. It is a big blow to the defense, especially with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs coming to town.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 12:37:00 PM

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant suffered a concussion in Sunday's game against the Bucs.

Trufant got taken out by friendly fire in the first half. The Falcons waited almost the entirety of the third quarter before officially ruling him out. It's the first documented concussion of Trufan's pro carer. With slot CB Brian Poole (back) also knocked out Sunday, the Falcons are thin at corner.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 03:11:00 PM

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2.

Trufant was lockdown in coverage against Aaron Rodgers last Sunday night, as Rodgers completed just 2-of-4 passes for 26 yards going after Trufant. The freshly-extended Trufant managed one interception on a Rodgers overthrow and also picked up a Rodgers fumble and ran it in for a touchdown.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 09:39:00 AM

Falcons LCB Desmond Trufant (chest) is on track for training camp.

Trufant is ahead of schedule after getting in some work during minicamp. It sounds like’s he close to 100 percent. The Falcons are counting on Trufant staying healthy as he enters the first season of a five-year, $69 million extension.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 07:06:00 PM

Falcons LCB Desmond Trufant (chest) is participating in Tuesday's practice.

Trufant will likely be limited, but it is a big step in the right direction after a torn pectoral ended his 2016 campaign, especially considering he was expected to be held out of OTAs. Fresh off a five-year, $69 million extension, Trufant should be close to full health when training camp rolls around.
Tue, Jun 6, 2017 12:34:00 PM

Falcons signed LCB Desmond Trufant to a five-year, $69-million extension through 2022.

Jordan Schultz of The Huffington Post reports the deal includes "nearly" $42 million guaranteed. It is a massive deal which rightfully puts Trufant among the top-paid cornerbacks in the league, and the $13.8-million, new-money average vaults him above the new deals A.J. Bouye and Stephon Gilmore signed last month. Trufant ended last season on injured reserve with a torn pectoral, but he is expected to be ready well before training camp.
Sat, Apr 8, 2017 09:06:00 AM

Falcons LCB Desmond Trufant (chest) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Trufant will be held out of OTAs, but there's not much concern over his status. The Falcons are planning to extend him before Week 1. Despite coming off an injury-shortened 2016, Trufant could command top-10 corner money.
Wed, Mar 29, 2017 06:01:00 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Falcons are close to reaching a long-term contract with CB Desmond Trufant.

The two sides opened talks at last week's Combine and should have a deal in place within 24 hours. Per Ledbetter, the deal is expected to land in the range of $12-14 million annually, which would make Trufant one of the highest paid corners in football. This would have been the last year of Trufant's rookie contract.
Wed, Mar 8, 2017 03:20:00 PM

According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, signing CB Desmond Trufant to a long-term deal is the Falcons' No. 1 priority.

"He’s a very valuable asset to this team," said GM Thomas Dimitroff. "We’re going to get him healthy and signed up for years to come." The Falcons have over $29 million in salary cap room. Trufant missed the final two months of the season with a torn pectoral but should be ready for OTAs.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 08:34:00 AM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff expects to extend contract-year CB Desmond Trufant "very soon."

The No. 22 overall pick of the 2013 draft is the Falcons' No. 1 cornerback. Going on 27, Trufant's 2016 was cut short by a torn pectoral. Trufant had previously never missed a game. Locking him up is a no-brainer for the NFC champions.
Tue, Feb 7, 2017 02:15:00 PM

Desmond Trufant (torn pectoral) said he "should be" ready for OTAs.

Trufant's season ended in late November because of a torn pectoral which required surgery. "It’s coming along good," Trufant said of his recovery. "Every day I am doing a little more. Just taking it one day at a time. I feel better every day so I’m going to be better when I get back. I can already feel it." Atlanta could take it easy on Trufant during the offseason program, but he should be ready to go for training camp at the latest. Heading into the final year of his rookie deal, the Falcons will look to lock up Trufant with a long-term extension this offseason.
Tue, Feb 7, 2017 12:44:00 PM

Falcons LCB Desmond Trufant has been diagnosed with a torn pectoral, and is done for the season.

It's a massive loss for a team trying to make the playoffs for the first time in four years. The No. 22 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Trufant has emerged as one of the league's best corners. Although still only 26, it's also a poorly timed injury with Trufant headed into the final year of his rookie deal. Due $8.026 million next season, he can't afford any letdown with his game as he seeks to get paid. Brian Poole and Jalen Collins will pick up the 2016 slack for the Falcons.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 02:13:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
DE1Vic Beasley
2Takk McKinley
3Brooks Reed
4Derrick Shelby
5JT Jones
DT1Grady Jarrett
2Jack Crawford
3Joey Ivie
4Garrison Smith
5Justin Zimmer
MLB1Deion Jones
WLB1De'Vondre Campbell
2Kemal Ishmael
SLB1Duke Riley
CB1Desmond Trufant
2Robert Alford
3Brian Poole
4Blidi Wreh-Wilson
5Justin Bethel
FS1Ricardo Allen
2Damontae Kazee
3Marcelis Branch
4Tyson Graham
SS1Keanu Neal
2Sharrod Neasman
3Quincy Mauger
P1Matt Bosher