Injuries to starting safeties Keanu Neal (knee) and Ricardo Allen (Achilles) opened up extra opportunities for Neasman, who played 39.8 percent of Atlanta's defensive snaps this season after garnering less than two percent of the snaps in his first two professional seasons. The 27-year-old has a good shot at maintaining a roster spot in 2019, though he's set to see a drastic reduction in playing time with Neal and Allen both slated to return.
Neasman registered six combined tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, during Sunday's 40-14 win against Arizona.
The third-year safety forced some crucial stops in Sunday's thumping of Arizona, twice bringing down ball carriers short of the sticks on third down. Neasman has yet to notch a start in 2018, but last week he fielded 63.3 percent of the defensive snaps (his most since Nov. 4), while finishing tied for second on the team in total tackles. Facing a banged-up Cam Newton (shoulder) who's coming off a Monday night outing in which he refused to attempt a single pass over 20 yards downfield, Neasman is more likely to come up and defend the run than be forced to account for the deep ball when the Falcons travel to Carolina on Sunday, assuming Newton plays at all.
Neasman (neck) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Neasman exited Sunday's loss to the Ravens due to neck and shoulder injuries, but Wednesday's injury report indicates that he's managed a full recovery. Expect Neasman to play his usual rotational role in Atlanta's secondary against the Packers in Week 14.
With Neasman injured, the Falcons do not have a single healthy depth option behind starting safeties Jordan Richards and Damontae Kazee. Brian Poole and Isaiah Oliver could both see limited snaps at safety as long as Neasman remains sidelined.
Neasman (undisclosed) was waived with an injury settlement Monday, according to the NFL's official transaction report.
Neasman landed on injured reserve due to an undisclosed injury but was released the next day. Once healthy, the undrafted rookie could potentially find a spot on a practice squad.