The Atlanta Falcons put linebackers Deion Jones on Thursday’s injury reserve, a little over a week after he returned to training.

Following off-season shoulder surgery, Jones was physically unable to feature for most of training camp until August 24, when he returned to training ahead of the pre-season final against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jones, a Pro Bowler in 2017, is expected to compete for the reserve role this year behind the starter Rashaan Evans and Mykal Walker. Jones has started 48 games over the past three seasons for Atlanta and has 652 career tackles since being dropped from LSU in 2016.

He was one of the five players — along with the guards Jalen Mayfieldcorner defender Isaiah Olivertight end John FitzPatrick and defensive end Marlon Davidson — placed on the injury reserve by the Falcons, meaning they will miss at least the first four games.

Falcons bring back defensive midfielder Abdullah Andersonbackside Nick Kwiatkoskiattacking midfielder Colby Gossettcorner defender Mike Ford and security Dean Marlowe. Marlowe and Ford were released Wednesday to make room for two waiver claims, defensive midfielder Matt Dickerson and offensive tackle Edoga Iron.

By Blanca

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