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NFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 9-8-0
2-4-0 7-10-0
2-4-0 5-12-0

2021 Defensive

STATS CMB
Total Tackles
SCK
Sacks
FUM
Forced Fumbles
INT
Interceptions
TD
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 3 0.0 0 0 0

Top Daren Bates News

  • Falcons' Daren Bates: Activated off IR

    The Falcons have activated Bates (groin) off injured reserve.

    Bates was designated to return Dec. 15. He has been sidelined since mid-November. Barring any setbacks, look for him to help provide depth at inside linebacker.

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  • Falcons' Daren Bates: Officially designated to return

    Bates (groin) was designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday.

    Wednesday's transaction was expected after coach Arthur Smith revealed Bates would be back at practice. The 31-year-old has been sidelined for each of the last four games but will be eligible to suit up as early as Sunday against the 49ers.

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  • Falcons' Daren Bates: Returning to practice

    Bates (groin) will return to practice Wednesday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

    Bates spent nearly a month on injured reserve, but he'll now return to the practice field. It's not yet clear whether he'll be available for Sunday's game against the 49ers, but once he's officially designated to return, the 31-year-old will need to be activated within 21 days if he hopes to return this season.

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  • Falcons' Daren Bates: On IR until at least Week 15

    Bates (groin) was placed on IR on Thursday, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.

    Bates had already been ruled out of the team's Week 11 matchup with the Patriots, but he will now miss a minimum of two additional games on top of that. With the Falcons' Week 12 bye also falling during that stretch, the earliest the backup linebacker can return will be Week 15 against the Panthers.

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  • Falcons' Daren Bates: Out for Week 11

    Bates (groin) won't play in the Falcons' Week 11 contest against the Patriots on Thursday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

    Bates suffered a groin injury during the Falcons' loss to the Cowboys in Week 11 and was unable to return to the game. The linebacker started the season with the Texans and then joined the Titans before eventually ending up in Atlanta. Expect Foyesade Oluokun to see extended playing time Thursday against the Patriots.

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  • Falcons' Daren Bates: Won't return Sunday

    Bates won't return to Sunday's game against the Cowboys due to a groin injury, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

    Bates totaled three tackles (two solo) prior to his departure in the second half. The severity of the issue isn't yet clear, but he'll have a short week to recover before Thursday's game against the Patriots.

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  • Falcons' Daren Bates: Elevated from practice squad

    Bates was elevated from the Falcons' practice squad Saturday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

    Bates' elevation to the active roster is likely due to fellow linebacker Dante Fowler (knee) being placed on injured reserve Friday. The 30-year-old will likely play a depth role for the Falcons while also contributing on special teams going forward. The Falcons square off against the Dolphins in Week 7.

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  • Titans' Daren Bates: Promoted from practice squad

    Bates was promoted from the Titans' practice squad to the active roster Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.

    The 29-year-old failed to make Houston's season-opening roster and returned to Tennessee on the practice squad, and he played 23 snaps on special teams while elevated as an extra player for Week 7. Bates spent the previous three years with the Titans, playing only 52 defensive snaps in 45 games.

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  • Daren Bates: Fails to make roster

    The Texans cut Bates on Monday.

    Bates earned a contract with the team last week, but as evidenced by this news, he failed to make a significant impact. The 29-year-old linebacker has 65 career tackles on special teams with three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble, so he could certainly find another home soon.

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  • Texans' Daren Bates: Signed by Houston

    Bates signed a contract with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Bates has significant experience on special teams, including a fumble recovery for a touchdown against the Texans in 2013 and being named a team captain for the Rams in 2015 and the Titans in 2017. The 29-year-old linebacker has 65 career tackles on special teams with three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

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  • Titans' Daren Bates: Upgrades to full practice

    Bates (shoulder) fully participated in Wednesday's practice, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

    Apparently, Bates' limited participation in Tuesday's session was just part of managing his injury. He looks good to go for Saturday's Wild Card game at New England.

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  • Titans' Daren Bates: Limited in practice Tuesday

    Bates (shoulder) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

    Bates put in three full practices and did not take an injury designation into Week 17's win over the Texans, but there has been no word whether the Titans are taking it easy with the 29-year-old or if perhaps he reinjured the shoulder. His playing 25 snaps between defense and special teams in the contest suggests it's probably the former, however. The Auburn product's practice participation the rest of the week should be telling.

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  • Titans' Daren Bates: Turns in full practice Thursday

    Bates (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.

    Bates returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday after missing the last two games with the injury. He should be back manning special teams Sunday against the Saints.

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  • Titans' Daren Bates: Ruled out for Week 15

    Bates (shoulder) is ruled out for Sunday's divisional tilt against the Texans, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.

    Bates will miss a second consecutive contest due to his lingering shoulder injury. The 29-year-old's absence will be a blow to Tennessee on special teams.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 225 lbs
Birthplace: Memphis, TN
Age: 31
School: Auburn
Experience: 10