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OT Tyler Polumbus released, TE Mickey Shuler returns

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The Falcons spent Tuesday trying to replace Jacob Tamme.

Guess who's back, back again. Shuler's back, tell a friend.
Guess who's back, back again. Shuler's back, tell a friend.
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The Atlanta Falcons announced that the team has released veteran offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus, and brought back former practice squad tight end Mickey Shuler.

Polumbus has been living on borrowed time since the team signed Jake Long. While Polumbus had experience in Kyle Shanahan's blocking scheme from his time in Washington, he struggled mightily in preseason. Long will likely operate as the team's swing tackle, unless he eventually moves into the starting lineup. Cutting Polumbus at this time indicates that Long is coming along well and remains healthy.

After spending 2013 on Atlanta's practice squad, Shuler was cut last August before spending some time with Jacksonville. The Falcons brought Shuler back in 2015, but he failed to make it through final cuts.

The team has apparently passed on bringing back offseason Pro Bowler Tony Moeaki, who failed to make an impression after the team put on pads. Shuler will backup Levine Toilolo while starter Jacob Tamme rehabs from a concussion.