The depth on the Atlanta Falcons defensive line, already razor thin, took a hit today when head coach Arthur Smith announced interior lineman Vincent Taylor ruptured an achilles tendon at practice.
Taylor was injured in the first game of the season last year while with the Houston Texans and didn’t return.
He was brought to the Falcons as a 6’3 and 311 pound interior lineman to push for playing time across all three spots in Dean Pees’ 3-4 defense.
Taylor was originally a sixth-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 2017. He played two seasons with the Dolphins. He had 27 tackles including three for loss in his second year with Miami.
He bounced around with three teams the next three seasons including the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, and Texans before signing with the Falcons in the offseason.
The Falcons will make a corresponding move in the near future to replace Taylor on the defensive line.