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Falcons Sign Reinforcements with Former Browns DL

The Atlanta Falcons bolstered their defensive line this week ahead of their clash with the Indianapolis Colts. Atlanta announced on Wednesday afternoon they had signed former Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Tommy Togiai.

Atlanta nabbed the 6’2 and 296 pound defensive lineman from the Browns’ practice squad. Rules allow teams to sign players from other practice squads, but they have to be placed on the 53-man active roster.

The Falcons have been light in the trenches in recent weeks. First they lost Grady Jarrett to a season-ending knee injury in October, and David Onyemata missed the last-two games because of injury.

Togiai is in his third year. He was a fourth-round pick of the Browns out of Ohio State in 2021. He played six games as a rookie and had 16 tackles. He played 12 games in 2022, starting two, and finished the season with 13 tackles.

Onyemata still isn’t practicing as of Wednesday according to head coach Arthur Smith at his press conference. Defensive tackle Albert Huggins struggled last week in a loss to the Carolina Panthers. He earned a team-worst 30.3 grade from Pro Football Focus (PFF).

They also released defensive tackle Travis Bell on Tuesday. There will be ample playing time available behind Ta’Quon Graham and LaCale London for Togiai if Onyemata misses a third-consecutive game.

The Atlanta Falcons are in crisis mode as they head into their weekend clash with the Colts. They’ve lost two-division games in a row and dropped to 6-8 on the season. Head coach Arthur Smith made the change (again) to quarterback Taylor Heinicke, but it may not be enough to save the Falcons’ season, or his job.

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