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53 Prince Shembo OLB

Atlanta Falcons

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Quinn: Falcons will move Prince Shembo back to OLB
by Shawn Krest |

New Falcons coach Dan Quinn met with the media at the Indianapolis scouting combine on Thursday and discussed his plans for the team's defensive players. 

The biggest news was that the team plans to move Prince Shembo back to outside linebacker. Shembo was drafted as an outside linebacker, but injuries on the defense required him to move inside. 

Shembo had 59 tackles for the Falcons in his rookie season, but he'll likely play more of a role in the pass rush from the outside. He had nine sacks as a senior at Notre Dame while playing OLB. 

Quinn also plans to use Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai on the inside. They split time between defensive tackle and end last season, but Quinn was impressed with their size at the tackle spots. Soliai had 29 tackles and a sack last season. Jackson had 22 tackles. 

Quinn said Dezmen Southward, who played exclusively at safety last season, will get a look at the cornerback position as well. 

Southward had 23 tackles, one sack and two pass defenses last year. 

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Falcons in good shape as they prepare for Lions
by Marty Gitlin |

The Falcons are fairly healthy heading into their Sunday game against Detroit. Only defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (foot) appears destined to sit despite his status as questionable. Also questionable is wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot).

The probables are left guard Justin Blalock (back), wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle) and linebacker Prince Shembo (knee). All three were limited in practice Friday.

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Falcons list six probables on final injury report for Week 7
by Igor Mello |

The Falcons listed seven players on their final injury report for Week 7 at Baltimore, and only wide receiver Harry Douglas was ruled out for the contest. Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee), guard Justin Blalock (back), wide receiver Devin Hester (hamstring), wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle), linebacker Prince Shembo (knee) and linebacker Nate Stupar (knee) were all labeled probable for Sunday's game after practicing in full on Friday.

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Falcons announce Week 6 inactives vs. Bears
by R.J. White |

The Falcons have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 6 matchup with the Bears: quarterback Sean Renfree, cornerback Javier Arenas, QB Sean Renfree, linebacker Tyler Starr, offensive tackle Cameron Bradfield, guard Harland Gunn, wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot) and defensive tackle Cliff Matthews.

The Falcons are very healthy heading into Sunday's game, with guard Justin Blalock (back) and wide receiver Devin Hester (hamstring) active after being listed as questionable. All players listed as probable are also active, including wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle), tackle Jake Matthews (ankle), safety Kemal Ishmael (ankle) and linebacker Prince Shembo (knee).

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Falcons in fine shape heading into clash against Bears
by Marty Gitlin |

Wide receiver Harry Douglas might be the only injured inactive player Sunday for the Falcons when they host Chicago. No teammate has been deemed any worse than questionable.

The questionables on the Friday injury report are guard Justin Blalock (back) and wide receiver Devin Hester (hamstring). Safety Kemal Ishmael (ankle), premier wideout Julio Jones (ankle), tackle Jake Matthews (ankle) and linebacker Prince Shembo (knee) are all probable.

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Greensboro, NC, USA
Notre Dame
NFL Experience:
2016 Super Bowl
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