Falcons place DE Derrick Shelby on injured reserve


Derrick Shelby has been shut down.

On Tuesday, the Atlanta Falcons announced that they had placed Shelby on injured reserve with an Achilles' tendon injury. He is likely done for the 2016 season.

Shelby, 27, is a veteran defensive end who was signed by the Falcons in free agency. He was having a solid season with eight tackles (six solo, two for losses), two quarterback hits and a pass deflection in four starts and six games played.

This injury comes at an awful time, as Shelby had his best game of the season against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6. In only 27 snaps (out of 66), Pro Football Focus credited him with three pressures and a quarterback hit.

A former undrafted free agent out of Utah, Shelby played his first four NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2012-2015). He has nine sacks in 69 career games played and only 13 starts.

The Falcons called up safety Sharrod Neasman from the practice squad to take Shelby's spot on injured reserve.

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