Falcons place DE Shelby on IR with torn Achilles tendon

The Atlanta Falcons have placed defensive end Derrick Shelby on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon, ending his season.

Shelby left Sunday’s loss at Seattle with what was initially announced as a calf injury. He had eight tackles in six games, including four starts, this season. He left the Dolphins to sign a four-year, $18 million deal with Atlanta in March.

Atlanta lists Brooks Reed and Tyson Jackson as its starting defensive ends. The backups are Adrian Clayborn, Dwight Freeney and Ra’Shede Hageman.

The Falcons promoted safety Sharrod Neasman to the active roster. He signed with the team as a rookie free agent from Florida Atlantic following the draft and spent the first six weeks on the practice squad.

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