The Atlanta Falcons placed linebacker Troy Andersen on injured reserve on Tuesday. They signed offensive lineman Storm Norton to take his place on the 53-man roster.
The move left the Falcons up an offensive lineman and down a linebacker. They remedied that situation today by promoting linebacker Andre Smith from the practice squad to the active roster and cutting offensive tackle Isaiah Prince Jr.
The also re-signed wide receiver Chris Blair to the practice squad to fill the vacancy left by Smith.
Smith is veteran in his sixth NFL season. The Carolina Panthers drafted him out of UNC in 2018 in the seventh round. He has been a special teams stalwart through most of his career. He has just 83 snaps on defense, but 933 snaps on special teams in his 5+ seasons in the NFL.
Despite being elevated to the 53-man roster, Smith may still be inactive against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Nate Landman has filled Andersen’s vacant-starting role with Tae Davis being the primary backup at both inside linebacker spots.
Atlanta may elect to have just three inside linebackers active against Jacksonville, but Smith is now first choice if they decide to have four active.
Blair spent part of training camp with the Falcons before being released in June. He spent time with the Green Bay Packers during 2021 training camp and early in the offseason during 2022. In the XFL, he recorded 26 receptions for 594 yards and 3 touchdowns with the D.C. Defenders this past spring.
Prince was brought in to be a backup offensive tackle. He was active for two games this season but didn’t see any action.
Atlanta is a 3-point underdog according to ESPN’s Gamecast. They’ll be televised locally at 9:30 a.m. EST on ESPN+.