The Falcons have waived Bartu. The move was made to free up a roster spot for the team's signing of kicker Shayne Graham. Bartu, who recorded 82 tackles last season, has been limited to just 11 stops in seven 2015 contests.
Falcons linebacker Justin Durant (elbow) isn't practicing Wednesday. Durant was removed from Sunday's win against the Texans with an elbow injury, which was subsequently confirmed as a sprain. It's unclear if he'll be able to play through the ailment. If the Falcons' leading tackler is unable to play Sunday against Washington, Joplo Bartu would take on Durant's responsibilities at weakside linebacker.
Falcons linebacker Joplo Bartu had a two-game suspension for an alcohol related offense rescinded but was fined $50,000, per NFL.com. Bartu pleaded no contest to driving under the influence last season and received a two-day suspended sentence and 12 months of probation. According to an NFL and NFLPA agreement, players had until Nov. 1, 2014 to resolve DUIs for them to be accepted under the previous policy and for a suspension not to be issued. Bartu needed to submit his plea agreement before November but he did not go in front of judge before the deadline and was suspended in March. Bartu provided the league with additional information, showing that his plea agreement was actually reached on Oct. 30, resulting in the $50,000 fine and his suspension as rescinded. Bartu was third on the Falcons last season with 83 tackles.
Falcons linebacker Joplu Bartu, who had 10 tackles in the season opener last week, recorded another nine, including eight solo, Week 2 at Cincinnati. Bartu now has more tackles through two games than he had during any two-game stretch as a rookie last season.
Falcons rookie linebacker Joplo Bartu delivered another sack, giving him 3 1/2 this season, Week 10 against the Seahawks. He also had six tackles, including one solo. Joplu has started eight of the Falcons' nine games this season. He's averaging 5.3 tackles per game.