Simms (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve by the Falcons on Sunday. Simms was likely to be beaten out by Matt Schaub for the backup quarterback role anyway, but his injury sealed the deal. Since he was placed on injured reserve before the season began, Simms won't play in the 2019 season.
Simms (undisclosed) missed Atlanta's last two preseason games with an injury, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports. The 30-year-old Simms rejoined the Falcons after Kurt Benkert suffered a toe injury in the Hall of Fame Game and made exhibition appearances against the Dolphins and Jets before being saddled with an injury of his own. The nature and severity of the issue has yet to be revealed, but Simms's absence does not bode well for what began as a puncher's chance at a 53-man roster spot. If he's able to return soon, he is a candidate for a practice squad spot, though Danny Etling -- who's demonstrated impressive rushing ability and competent passing -- may offer higher upside for such a role.
Simms completed nine of 19 attempts for 85 yards, committing one interception and losing two fumbles during Thursday's 22-10 loss to the Jets. Playing against his former team -- the only franchise for which he's logged regular-season playing time -- Simms struggled throughout the second half of Thursday's exhibition as Atlanta dropped its 11th straight preseason contest. The 30-year-old signal caller was able to lead the Falcons into field-goal range on his second drive, but from there the offense's results on the subsequent five possessions were punt, fumble, punt, fumble, pick-six. Simms looks to bounce back in the "dress rehearsal" game Thursday against Washingotn.
Simms completed eight of 17 pass attempts for 86 yards, adding three rushes for 13 yards during Thursday's 34-27 loss to the Dolphins. He also fumbled once, but the loose ball was recovered by teammate Dieugot Joseph. Former Falcons practice squad player and quarterback of the AAF's Atlanta Legends, Simms saw his first action in an NFL regular or preseason game since August 2017. During the 2017 exhibition slate for the Falcons, Simms posted a 57.1 percent completion rate with 8.0 yards per attempt, one touchdown and one interception, but was cut before the start of the regular season and replaced by Kurt Benkert (toe) and Garrett Grayson as potential third-string options last summer. With Benkert having recently been placed on injured reserve, Simms has an opportunity to get some preseason reps with the Falcons, and potentially shoot for a backup job behind Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub with stellar performances over the next three weeks.
Simms (undisclosed) has agreed to an injury settlement with the Falcons, per the official NFL media site transaction log. Simms reverted to injured reserve Monday after being waived with an injury designation Sunday. While the nature of his injury remains a mystery, Simms is now eligible to sign with another team.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
|3||09/26||@New York Giants||3||17.63|
|4||10/03||Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
|5||10/10||New York Jets||29||24.75|
|9||11/07||@New Orleans Saints||10||19.00|
|11||11/18||New England Patriots||4||17.88|
|13||12/05||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
|15||12/19||@San Francisco 49ers||9||18.25|
|18||01/09||New Orleans Saints||10||19.00|
|3 Year Avg||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||0|