The Falcons have a serious problem at linebacker. De’Vondre Campbell and Paul Worrilow are hurt and are not expected to suit up for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. Sean Weatherspoon ruptured his Achilles and is expected out for the season.
There is almost no one left on the roster. So desperate times call for desperate measures.
#Falcons have interest in veteran LB A.J. Hawk, sources said. They have 4 LBs injured (Weatherspoon, Worrilow, Campbell, Jones).— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) October 4, 2016
A.J. Hawk is old (32), played for a terrible college (State of Ohio University), and was perhaps briefly good about five years ago. Signing Hawk would be a desperation move for a team severely lacking depth, but he would be unlikely to see the field if Dan Quinn decides to make him a Falcon.
Hawk may stick on the roster until Campbell returns from injury, which would push LaRoy Reynolds, Philip Wheeler, and O’Brien Schofield back to the bench.
Update: that was quick. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Falcons signed Hawk.
Falcons are signing LB AJ Hawk.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 4, 2016
Hawk is pretty old, slow, and ineffective, and should only see meaningful snaps in the next few weeks if the Falcons have a few more injuries at linebacker. But that can’t happen, right? Right?
Hawk was drafted by the Packers 5th overall way back in 2006. He has 945 tackles, 20 sacks, 33 passes defended, 9 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles in 158 games.