Falcons Place Tight End On Injured Reserve

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday Nov. 26, 2008
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have put starting tight end Ben Hartsock on injured reserve and brought back Jason Rader for the second time this season.

The 264-pound Hartsock, who had only three catches and was essentially another lineman for Atlanta's powerful running game, injured a toe in last weekend's 45-28 victory over Carolina. He is out for the season after making eight starts in 11 games.

Rader was released by the Falcons after training camp, then re-signed and actually started in a loss to Philadelphia.

Justin Peelle, who has nine catches for 99 yards this season, will likely move into the starting role for Sunday's game at San Diego, with Rader taking over the backup role.

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