Operating as Atlanta's starting tight end, Tamme racked up his highest touchdown total since 2010 last season despite appearing in just eight games due to a shoulder injury. However, he's entering his age-32 season and the Falcons have a younger and cheaper alternative in the form of last year's talented third-round selection, Austin Hooper. While it isn't clear what kind of market awaits the veteran tight end coming off shoulder surgery, Tamme still looked to have something left in the tank before succumbing to injury and shouldn't have a problem finding a new home this offseason if and when he can prove his shoulder is fully recovered.
Tamme missed back-to-back games before a Week 11 bye, during which he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. With Monday's move official, the Falcons will turn to rookie Austin Hooper as the primary pass-catching tight end, but Levine Toilolo may continue to be the starter in name.
Tamme revealed on his personal Twitter account that he underwent season-ending surgery on his shoulder Thursday.
Tamme sought a second opinion on his injured shoulder earlier this week, and the results of that visit to the doctor are not evident. However, one way or another, the decision was made to send him under the knife, which brings a close to his 2016 campaign. Austin Hooper is set to take over as the Falcons' primary tight end moving forward, and Levine Toilolo will work as Hooper's backup.
Tamme has missed the Falcons' past two games due to his banged-up shoulder, which he reportedly is considering undergoing surgery on. Knowing that, his upcoming second opinion should help determine his course of action with regards to fixing the problem. While Tamme's situation appears bound for a further update over Atlanta's bye week, rookie Austin Hooper seems destined to continue is an expanded role, with Levine Toilolo and Joshua Perkins behind him at tight end.
Tamme (shoulder) is considering having surgery, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.
Still unable to practice, Tamme will miss a second straight game when the Falcons face the Eagles on Sunday. Rookie third-round selection Austin Hooper has taken over as the top tight end, with Levine Toilolo and Joshua Perkins providing depth.
|1||9/10/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/22/17||@ NE||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|11||11/20/17||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|15||12/18/17||@ TB||8:30 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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