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.
Adrian Clayborn has signed a two-year deal to remain with the Atlanta Falcons , Peter Schrager of Fox Sports reports.
Clayborn recorded 15 tackles and three sacks in 2015 for the Falcons. He started five games and appeared in all 16 and will likely remain in a similar role going forward.
Clayborn worked as a rotational pass rusher and run stopper for the Falcons in 2015, but he played less than half (49.8 percent) of the total defensive snaps. He enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent and may look for greener pastures with the potential for an increase in playing time.
|2||9/18/16||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|3||9/26/16||@ NO||8:30 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|9||11/3/16||@ TB||8:25 pm|
|10||11/13/16||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|14||12/11/16||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|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|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|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|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|