Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Falcons send Kyle Pitts to IR along with other roster moves

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The Atlanta Falcons announced a handful of roster changes on Monday, November 21.

After the team placed both starting tight end Kyle Pitts and defensive lineman Ta’Quon Graham on injured reserve, the team called defensive lineman Jaleel Johnson off the waivers and signed tight end John Raine to the practice team.

The Falcons also sent offensive lineman Justin Shaffer to injured reserve on the practice team.

Both Pitts and Graham suffered knee injuries in Sunday’s 27-24 win over the Chicago Bears.

Pitts had already worked through an ongoing hamstring injury, according to head coach Arthur Smith.

Under league rules, Pitts, Graham and Shaffer will be sidelined at least the next four weeks.

Raine is a familiar face in Atlanta, having relinquished injured reserve with an injury rule back in September.

Since then it has been unsigned.

The team never revealed exactly what type of injury Raine was dealing with, but he seems to be feeling better.

With Pitts on IR, we could see Raine getting a game day raise and potentially competing against Parker Hesse and MyCole Pruitt for a more permanent role.

Though that won’t be easy for the 24-year-old, who has very little NFL experience as he has yet to play in a regular-season game.

The Falcons will also assess Feleipe Franks and Anthony Firkser, both of whom were injured on Sunday.

Johnson is also another familiar face the Falcons are bringing back for added depth.

The Iowa product was originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.

In his five seasons to date, the 6-foot-3, 316-pound defenseman has 110 total tackles (54 solo), 5.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 65 games (20 starts ) logged. for the Vikings and Houston Texans.

Most recently, Johnson appeared in 12 games for Houston last fall, where he recorded 23 total tackles (11 solo), two tackles for losses and one fumble recovery.

The Falcons’ decision to sign Johnson at all came after losing nose tackle Khyiris Tonga to the Vikings from practice team in early October.

Most recently, Johnson appeared in 12 games for Houston last fall, where he recorded 23 total tackles (11 solo), two tackles for losses and one fumble recovery.

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