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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 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. Sep 20 - 9:39 AM

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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.
Jul 5 - 7:06 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.
Jun 6 - 12:34 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.
Apr 8 - 9:06 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.
Mar 29 - 6:01 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.
Mar 8 - 3:20 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.
Feb 12 - 8:34 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.
Feb 7 - 2:15 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.
Feb 7 - 12:44 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

Falcons declared CB Desmond Trufant, P Matt Bosher, RB Terron Ward, OG Wes Schweitzer, DT Ra'Shede Hageman, DT Cliff Matthews, and S Sharrod Neasman inactive for Week 12 against the Cardinals.

Trufant may need season-ending surgery to repair a torn pec. He was listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis all week. Trufant's loss is a massive upgrade to Larry Fitzgerald's Week 12 matchup.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 11:37:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Falcons CB Desmond Trufant may need season-ending surgery to repair a torn pectoral.

Trufant has been listed with a shoulder injury, but he also suffered a torn pectoral Week 9 against the Bucs. Trufant had been holding out hope he could play through the issue, but he is expected to sit out this week and could end up missing the rest of the season. Easily the best corner on the roster, Trufant's absence will be a big one for an improving defense.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 08:07:00 AM

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant (shoulder) is a game-time decision for Week 12 against the Cardinals.

Trufant was limited in practice throughout the week. Beat writers seem to believe there is a legitimate chance he won't play against the Cardinals, which would upgrade Larry Fitzgerald's matchup. Trufant is one of the NFL's rare No. 1 cornerbacks who will chase No. 1 wide receivers into the slot.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 01:59:00 PM

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Trufant practiced Monday and bounced back to practice on Wednesday, which is a good sign for his Week 12 availability. Always-reliable Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure did suggest that Trufant may not yet be ready to return, although he was just speculating. We'll keep close tabs on Trufant all week.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 09:14:00 PM

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant (shoulder) returned to practice Monday.

The practice puts Trufant on track to return this week. The Falcons' best corner, Trufant could be asked to shadow Larry Fitzgerald this week.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 12:26:00 PM

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