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Falcons sign a safety with Dwight Lowery ailing

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The Falcons may have lost safety Dwight Lowery for an extended period of time because of a concussion, which may have contributed to their decision to add another safety to the roster on Sunday.

The team announced that they have signed safety Tyrell Johnson, who hasn’t played in a regular season game since the 2012 season. Johnson played four games for the Lions that season, his only year in Detroit after failing to make the team out of camp last year.

Johnson spent the first four seasons of his career with the Vikings after Minnesota made him a second-round pick in 2008. Johnson started 27 games over four years with the Vikings and had two interceptions.

Lowery suffered a concussion in a Friday night scrimmage, which was the third of his professional career. Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports that the initial word in Atlanta is that his “season is in doubt.” If he can’t return, the Falcons will need a starter next to William Moore and Kemal Ishmael has filled that role over the weekend. The Falcons were short on experienced depth at safety before signing Johnson and Zeke Motta is expected to miss the entire season with a neck injury.

The Falcons waived fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones to make room for Johnson.

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7 Responses to “Falcons sign a safety with Dwight Lowery ailing”
  1. jacobslatter says: Aug 3, 2014 7:20 PM

    Hmmm………. a veteran in the ATL secondary goes down… two 2nd year dudes will start at cornerback this season…young linebackers (two of whom were UNDRAFTED rookies in 2013) making transition into a 3-4 base scheme who will miss their best player Sean Weatherspoon for the season…a defensive line that is big & overpaid & will let Brees & Newton scan the field all day long….Osi Umenyiora is by far the best proven pass rusher on the roster…sounds like a near repeat of 2013 except the offense should improve will Matt Ryan having a much better line than last year.

    8-8

  2. 941bucs says: Aug 3, 2014 7:35 PM

    Wont be surprised if the saints, bucs, and panthers all sweep the dirty birds this year

  3. bcajun says: Aug 3, 2014 9:20 PM

    941bucs i agree haha…another year as our doormat…week one guys week one is going to hurt…ZERO SUPERBOWLS

  4. mattryansnoodlearm says: Aug 3, 2014 9:35 PM

    Turd Birds scrapping the bottom of the barrel.

  5. bcajun says: Aug 3, 2014 10:10 PM

    WHO DAT…So glad we have rafael bush

  6. lesticles1983 says: Aug 3, 2014 10:14 PM

    Maybe if they didn’t low ball Rafael Bush, they’d be in better position.

  7. purpleguy says: Aug 3, 2014 10:32 PM

    If they’re signing this guy, Matty Ice had best throw 5 TDs a game.

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