Clayborn was a limited participant Wednesday and Thursday, but was removed from the injury report after increasing his level of activity in practice Friday.
Clayborn was scheduled for an MRI on Friday after injuring his shoulder during Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins. He's expected to start at left defensive end, but he may lose a lot of snaps to Brooks Reed and/or Dwight Freeney.
Clayborn will undergo an MRI on his left shoulder Friday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The defensive end suffered a shoulder injury during Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins and was unable to return. Friday's MRI figures to shed light on the extent of Clayborn's shoulder injury. If the injury proves to be serious, it'd be a blow to a Falcons pass rush that finished dead last in the league in sacks last year, taking down the quarterback a mere 19 times.
The Atlanta Falcons plan to use Adrian Clayborn solely as a defensive end in 2016, according to the Falcons Team Website.
The Falcons rotated Clayborn at defensive tackle at points last year, but they felt he made a bigger impact at defensive end. In his first season year with the Falcons, Clayborn racked up 15 quarterback hits and three sacks, and the Falcons believe he can build on those numbers working only as a defensive end in 2016. He should see a boost in sack numbers this year if he can stay healthy.
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|10||11/13/16||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
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|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||42||29.0||13||7.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||2||1.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||64||43.0||21||5.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
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