Irvin recorded one tackle, a sack, in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.
Irvin has had meager production for Atlanta since being picked up midway through the season. He has just six tackles in five games while seeing modest play time. On the year, Irvin has 12 tackles, including four sacks, across his time with Oakland and Atlanta.
Head coach Dan Quinn didn't provide an exact snap count, but he said that Irvin will play Sunday against Cleveland after being signed to the Falcons active roster earlier in the week, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Just four short days after signing with Atlanta, the 31-year-old Irvin is going to be suiting up for his hometown Falcons. Though it may only be somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-20 snaps, the veteran linebacker figures to get some run against Nick Chubb and a Browns rushing attack that ranks top 10 in yards per game (124.6). Deion Jones will be inactive for at least one more week, but even upon his return, Irvin provides valuable veteran depth at one of the thinner position groups on the roster.
Shortly after clearing waivers Tuesday, Irvin said he received more lucrative offers from the Patriots and Steelers, but he turned down extra money for a chance to play for his hometown team, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. In Atlanta, Irvin will reunite with coach Dan Quinn, who served as the defensive coordinator in Seattle for two seasons earlier in the edge rusher's career. Look for Irvin to make his Falcons debut Sunday in Cleveland, likely working in a rotational role behind starting ends Takkarist McKinley and Vic Beasley. Irvin should provide a lift to pass rush that ranks in the bottom six in the league with just 17 sacks this season.
Irvin was released by the Raiders on Saturday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Irvin had three sacks -- but only six total tackles -- through the first six games of the season, and didn't register a defensive statistic the last two weeks. The 31-year-old bottomed out by playing only nine defensive snaps in Thursday's 34-3 loss to the 49ers. Irvin was the subject of trade rumors prior to Tuesday's deadline, and the Raiders opted to move on after failing to find a trade partner. The veteran defensive end will have to go unclaimed on waivers before becoming a true free agent.
Irvin (shoulder) does not have an injury designation for Thursday's game at San Francisco, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Irvin suffered a tweaked shoulder during Oakland's 42-28 loss to the Colts on Sunday, but appears to have fully recovered from the minor injury. The veteran linebacker is expected to start against the 49ers on Thursday.
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