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Falcons make Surprise Cut, Flex Player from Practice Squad

The Atlanta Falcons announced on Saturday that they had released defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson. Anderson was one of the surprise cuts from the original 53-man roster, but he was quickly re-signed after the Falcons moved five players to injured reserve.

The on-again off-again Anderson could find himself yo-yo’d on and off the Falcons roster again as he works to find a permanent spot on the Falcons. Anderson’s spot on the roster became a bit more tentative when Atlanta signed former Chicago Bears nose guard Khyiris Tonga.

Tonga was signed to the practice squad and could find himself on the active roster for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. With the release of Anderson, the Falcons are thin on the defensive line with just Grady Jarrett, Ta’Quon Graham, Anthony Rush, Timmy Horne, and Matt Dickerson for three spots.

Tonga or Derrick Tangelo would be logical picks for the second-practice squad flex for the Saints game.

One player who will be on the active roster against the Saints is tight end Anthony Firkser. The Falcons also announced on Saturday that he would be flexed from the practice squad and eligible to play against the Saints.

Two practice squad players per week are allowed to be flexed to the active roster. A player can be flexed three times before he must be either added permanently to the roster or released.

Firkser has the ability to play fullback or tight end, and he spent two years with Arthur Smith when he was the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. Firkser is a good receiver with 73 catches across the last two seasons with the Titans.

The Falcons are a 5.5-point underdog to the Saints on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. EST on FOX.

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Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.

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