The Falcons waived/injured Hageman (suspension) on Monday. Hageman served his two-game suspension with the Falcons during the first two contests of the 2019 season. The 2014 second-round pick likely is bound for injured reserve once he clears waivers.
Hageman's locker in the Falcons' facility has been cleared out, and it's possible that the veteran defensive lineman will not return after serving his two-game suspension to begin the regular season, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. The 29-year-old Hageman has dealt with injuries this summer (neck, hamstring, groin), and his ability to contribute immediately is eliminated due to his early-season ban. Hageman was only able to get on the field for two of Atlanta's five exhibition games this August, playing on five and 23 percent of his team's defensive snaps in those contests and collecting just one tackle overall. If backup interior linemen Jack Crawford, Allen Bailey and Deadrin Senat struggle in the early going, it would amplify Hageman's likelihood to get playing time during the regular season.
Hageman (neck) isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason game at Jacksonville due to a hamstring injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Hageman exited last week's preseason game with a stinger, but it's a hamstring issue that will keep him from Thursday's contest. The 29-year-old is fighting for a roster spot after a two-year hiatus, but the multiple injuries -- plus a two-game suspension -- will make it difficult for him to last through roster cutdowns.
Hageman suffered a stinger during Thursday's preseason loss to Washington, NFL.com reports. Hageman was forced out of the game due to the injury. It's unclear how serious the issue is or to what degree it'll hinder the 29-year-old in his pursuit of a roster spot and a successful comeback from a two-season hiatus. If Hageman does manage to stick to the roster, he'll have to miss the first two games of the season while he serves a suspension.
Hageman (suspension) collected one tackle during Thursday's 19-7 preseason loss to Washington. Hageman sat out Atlanta's second and third preseason games against the Jets and Dolphins, having suffered a groin injury during the Hall of Fame Game loss to Denver. The 29-year-old is attempting a comeback after a two-season hiatus from the NFL, but he will have to serve a two-game suspension before being permitted to return to regular-season action. He's facing an uphill battle to a roster spot at a crowded position group, but he may be brought on for depth in Week 3 depending on how the unit looks in his absence.
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