Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann - who married former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member and inveterate free spender Kim Zolciak in 2011 - tore his achilles tendon during the first half of the Falcons/Rams game this past Sunday and is out for the season.
Since the Falcons placed him on injured reserve, he is guaranteed a base salary of $2.4 million even if he plays no more games this season.
That's the good news. He signed a three-year contract in 2012 so he's still signed with the Falcons next year for another $2.55 million.
But the bad news is the Falcons could cut him next year. If so, he'd have to scramble for a new team and a new contract.
The Montana native is 28 years old, seven years younger than Zolciak, who is pregnant with twins.
The couple already has two other boys, Kroy Jr. and Kash (appropriate name, eh?) and she has two other older daughters Brielle and Ariana from a previous relationship that he has taken in as his own. Soon, he'll have seven mouths to feed, which could be quite an arduous responsibility down the road given Zolciak's notoriously profligate spending habits and lack of actual working skills that could lend itself to additional income besides reality TV (and appearances attached thereof).
(Before she met Biermannin 2010, Zolciak spent many years living off rich guys such as Lee "Big Papa" Najjar.)
Zolciak and Biermann recently moved into a massive mansion to handle the growing brood. I don't know how much it cost to build or whether they are paying this one in cash.
One major question: how much more Zolciak can viewers take? The couple's second Bravo spinoff "Don't Be Tardy," which aired earlier this year on Bravo, didn't fare nearly as well as the first one last year, which focused on the wedding. It pulled in around 1.2 million viewers an episode vs. 2 million for the first one in the spring of 2012.
I have not heard any word of another spinoff or any fresh reality TV appearances for Zolciak, who left "Real Housewives of Atlanta' midway through season five.
Biermann, who comes across as a nice but hardly charismatic guy on TV, began his pro career with the Falcons in 2008. Now in his sixth season, he has been durable to date, playing 82 consecutive regular season games until this past Saturday.
As a result, he has the 11th highest salary on the team. He has earned $9.2 million to date.
He's close to the average career length of six years for anybody who makes the opening-day roster.