The Atlanta Falcons announced on Friday they would be without the services of second-year man Kyle Pitts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
To try and make up for the loss of Pitts, Atlanta has promoted tight end MyCole Pruitt from the practice squad. Pruitt was a former starter with the Tennessee Titans who had a good season in 2021 before suffering a “gruesome ankle injury” in a Week 17 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Pruitt had played in all-16 games to that point and had started nine of them. A good blocker, Pruitt was having his best season as a pro with 14 catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs, before missing the final game of the season.
He was signed as a free agent by the Falcons in August, but he failed to make the initial 53-man roster. The Falcons brought him back to the practice squad, and his good work has earned him a promotion to the 48-man active roster against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Pitts isn’t expected to miss more than this week against Tampa, but he isn’t the only big-name Falcons missing on Sunday. Cordarrelle Patterson went on injured reserve this week with a knee injury and will miss at least four games starting with the contest against Tampa.
The Falcons and Bucs are playing for first place in the NFC South on Sunday. Atlanta opened as an 8.5-point underdog on the road, but that number has ballooned to 10 with the Falcons suffering two-big losses to offensive-play makers.
The Falcons vs. Buccaneers game will be shown at 1 p.m. EST on FOX.