Free agent signing Calais Campbell has expressed his excitement to play for the Atlanta Falcons this season throughout the summer. But it’s going to take a little bit longer for him to get on the field.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on July 25 that the Falcons placed Campbell on the non-football injury list.
While on the non-football injury list, Campbell will remain on the active roster. But he will not be on the field for practice.
The Falcons did not reveal what issue Campbell is dealing with or how it occurred. But Pelissero reported the injury is not serious.
In addition to placing Campbell on the non-football injury list, the Falcons waived running back Caleb Huntley with a failed physical designation.
Atlanta placed Huntley on the PUP list on July 20. He is still rehabbing from an Achilles tendon tear he sustained in Week 15 of last season.
To fill Huntley’s spot on the roster, the Falcons signed tight end MyCole Pruitt. The 31-year-old tight end made four starts for the Falcons in 2022 after Kyle Pitts was lost for the season last year.
Pruitt’s connection with head coach Arthur Smith dates back even further than 2022. Smith was Pruitt’s tight end coach and then offensive coordinator when they both were with the Tennessee Titans from 2018-20.
In Smith’s offense with the Titans, Pruitt had 20 receptions, 241 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns in 42 games during those three seasons.
Pruitt played a career-high 479 offensive snaps with the Titans in 2021. He lined up for 321 offensive snaps for the Falcons last season.
The Minnesota Vikings selected Pruitt in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft. He also played for the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans before joining the Titans.
In eight NFL seasons, Pruitt has recorded 62 receptions, 638 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.