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Falcons Place Long Snapper Josh Harris on IR; Sign Joe Condo

The Falcons Wednesday placed long snapper Josh Harris, who recently signed a $3.6 million contract extension, on injured reserve, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Harris has been battling a hip/groin injury this season. The Falcons signed long snapper Joe Condo, a former two-time Pro Bowler, who’s 37.

The Falcons also promoted defensive tackle Justin Zimmer to active roster and waived safety Keith Tandy.

Falcons LB Deion Jones a ‘Full-Go’ Sunday Against Ravens

Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones will be a “full-go” for the team’s Week 13 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens according to Jason Butt of The Athletic.

Jones hurt his foot in Week 1 and has been unable to play since. His absence is one of the biggest reasons the Falcons 2018 season headed south quickly.

Head coach Dan Quinn said Jones “won’t be on a specialized snap count” at home Sunday. It’s been a few weeks coming for Atlanta’s premier man up the middle, as he was close to playing the past two games against the Cowboys and Saints. Even if less than 100%, Jones’ presence alone helps shore up the Falcons’ leaky coverage issues against opposing running backs and tight ends.

Uh Oh – Falcons Coach Dan Quinn Gets a ‘Vote of Confidence’ from Owner Arthur Blank

Falcons owner Arthur Blank gave coach Dan Quinn the ‘dreaded’ vote of confidence after Thursday’s 31-17 loss to the Saints dropped the Falcons to 4-7 and all but ended their playoff hopes, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

Blank expressed total faith in Quinn, who guided the Falcons to the 2016 Super Bowl.

“Absolutely. We love our coach,” Blank told ESPN. “Our coach is not the problem.”

Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff were rewarded with three-year extensions in July. They are signed through 2022.

The Falcons have been inconsistent throughout this season, starting 1-4, winning three straight to even their record, then dropping the past three games. Injuries have been an issue, with six starters placed on injured reserve, including Pro Bowlers Devonta Freeman, Keanu Neal and Deion Jones.

“It’s a reason, but it’s not an excuse,” Blank said of the injuries. “That’s what the coach would tell you. That’s what the players would tell you. There have been some crippling injuries, but other guys have stepped up and played the best they can. Some cases, that’s good enough. In some cases, not quite.”

Blank saw a simple reason behind the implosion in another loss to the rival Saints.

“I thought it was pretty obvious tonight: We had a few turnovers, which are always brutal,” Blank said. “To have four of them, it’s nearly impossible to win. And we couldn’t run the ball tonight, couldn’t stop the run. That’s the story of the game.”

Falcons vs Redskins NFL Week Nine Inactives

Here’s today’s inactives for the Falcons matchup with the Redskins

Falcons

CB Robert Alford
K Matt Bryant
OT Matt Gono
RB Brian Hill
DE Steven Means
OG Rees Odhiambo
OG Austin Pasztor

Redskins

CB Adonis Alexander
WR Jamison Crowder
C Casey Dunn
S Kenny Ladler
WR Brian Quick
RB Chris Thompson
OT Trent Williams

Falcons Ink Veteran Guard Zane Beadles

With both starters on injured reserve, the Falcons signed veteran guard Zane Beadles on Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The Falcons released defensive tackle Michael Bennett to make room for Beadles, who played in all 16 games for the 49ers last season and made five starts.

Beadles, 31, was a second-round pick out of Utah by the Broncos in the 2010 NFL draft. He’s 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds. He’s played in 128 games, including 115 starts.

Beadles played for the Broncos (2010-13), Jaguars (2014-15) and 49ers (2016-17). He made the Pro Bowl in 2012.

Falcons Kicker Matt Bryant to Test Out Sore Hamstring on Thursday

Falcons place-kicker Matt Bryant is set to test his sore right hamstring on Thursday, coach Dan Quinn said on Monday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“I think it treated him well, the reason that I say that is that he’s making a turn for the better,” Quinn said of Bryant getting some rest over the bye week. “We are not going to rule him out this week.”

Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio was named the NFC’s special teams player of the week last week after making field goals of 40, 50 and 56 yards in the 23-20 win over the New York Giants on Oct. 22 before the break in place of Bryant.

Bryant suffered a strained hamstring against Tampa Bay.

“We’ll see where it goes through Thursday afternoon,” Quinn said. “That’s usually the day that he gets most of the kicking. Until we have a better sense for that.”

Falcons Place Running Back Devonta Freeman on IR with Foot Injuries

A tough season for running back Devonta Freeman got even worse on Tuesday, as the team announced he will be placed on injured reserve after sustaining foot and groin injuries against the Steelers.

“Following the game against Pittsburgh, where Devonta injured his foot, we thought he was just having general soreness in his groin area,” said Falcons coach Dan Quinn. “As the week went on it continued so we decided to have him get some tests. It has been determined that he will need a procedure that will result in us placing him on injured reserve. We are hopeful he will be able to return this season, but we will have a better feel for that in the coming weeks.”

In his two games played this season, Freeman carried the ball 14 times for 68 yards and caught five passes for 23 yards.

During his five-year career with the Falcons, Freeman has gained 3,316 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns on 767 carries. He has also caught 198 passes for 1,605 yards and seven touchdowns.

Falcons Kicker Matt Bryant Suffering From a Strained Hamstring

The injury-ravaged Falcons absorbed another blow on Monday when head coach Dan Quinn announced veteran kicker Matt Bryant would miss the team’s Week 7 game against the New York Giants with a strained hamstring according to Kelsey Conway of atlantafalcons.com.

The injury seemed to happen when Bryant successfully kicked a 57-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter in a game the Falcons held on to win 34-29 over the Buccaneers. The 43-year-old Bryant could be seem limping on the sidelines afterwards and later headed into the locker room early accompanied by trainers. Former Oakland Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio is the favorite to replace Bryant against the Giants next Monday. The Falcons are on bye in Week 8 so Bryant will hopefully be able to return with a couple of weeks rest. The 17-year veteran has been the Falcons placekicker since 2009.

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