Ishmael (shoulder) practiced with the linebackers Tuesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports. It was reported earlier in the offseason that Ishmael would be working with the linebackers when he recovered from shoulder surgery. Formerly a free safety, Ishmael played in just 27.9 percent of Atlanta's defensive snaps in 2016, but he managed to record 52 tackles. The position change will allow him to better utilize his skills as a tackler and could result in an increase in snaps for the 26-year-old defender.
Ishmael (shoulder) signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Falcons on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Falcons needed to bring back depth in their secondary, and Ishmael will fit in well as a top-three safety next to Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal. The 25-year-old only played nine games for Atlanta in 2016 due to a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 13 but was able to record 52 tackles in his limited time.
Ishmael (shoulder) will be placed on IR, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Ishmael suffered a shoulder injury during Week 14's win over the Rams and was unable to return. His presence will be missed on special teams, but won't have much of an impact on the Falcons' defense.
Ishmael injured his shoulder Sunday against the Rams, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports. The severity of Ishmael's injury isn't clear. Expect an update on his status in the coming days.
Ishmael racked up 10 total tackles (four solo) in Sunday's win over the Broncos. He also had a pass defensed on the day. Ishmael has been a reliable tackle option for the Falcons, averaging eight tackles a game this season. He has 10 more tackles than anyone else on the defense so far this season.