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Falcons place C James Stone on injured reserve, activate linebacker Tyler Starr

Stone will get to heal up for next year, while Starr gets his first shot at playing time.

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Dan Quinn praised Tyler Starr's development the other day, and now we might just get our chance to see how far he's come in 2015.

Stone was injured in practice this week, and there's still no word of what exactly the injury is and how severe it is from the team. All we know is that with three weeks left in the season, the Falcons have elected to let him heal up, so hopefully it's not a major, major ailment. Ben Garland and Gino Gradkowski will be the team's interior reserves the rest of the way.

Starr, meanwhile, gets a shot here at the end of the season, with the Falcons more or less signaling that they're ready to play the kids. A 2014 seventh round pick who spent most of the year on the roster last year but never got activated, Starr is an intriguing athlete and could fill a position of need for Atlanta if he's taken a major step forward, but he had a long way to go when the team drafted him, so we'll keep our expectations modest for the moment. Hopefully he's ready to contribute, but there's no guarantee he'll be on the active roster this Sunday.