The Falcons placed Hurst (ankle) on injured reserve Thursday, Tori McElhaney of the team's official site reports.

The Falcons had already ruled Hurst out ahead of Thursday's game against the Buccaneers after the ankle issue rendered him a non-participant in practices Monday through Wednesday. After further evaluation of the tight end, however, Atlanta determined it was best to shut Hurst down for two more games beyond Thursday. The blocking-oriented Lee Smith should step in as the No. 2 tight end behind starter and pass-catching specialist Kyle Pitts.

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