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Report: Falcons place returner Devin Fuller on injured reserve for the second straight year

He cleared waivers, so he’s with the team.

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Devin Fuller has had just about the worst possible injury luck over his first two NFL seasons, as he’s now landed on injured reserve twice before the season even began. The only positive note here, and it’s a small consolation for Fuller himself, is that he’ll be with the Falcons again next year if all goes well.

Fuller has reportedly cleared waivers—not surprising for a former seventh round receiver and special teamer—and is now on Atlanta’s injured reserve.

What does that mean for this year? It means Fuller is gone, which adds more clarity to the battles for the final receiver spots and the returner job alike. It means that Fuller will remain under team control coming off his IR stint, and if all goes well, he can be healthy and competing for a job again in 2018, when Taylor Gabriel, Andre Roberts, and Justin Hardy are unrestricted free agents. There’s a lot of ifs there, but at this moment, it’s the brightest note we can sound for poor Fuller.

We wish Fuller well on his recovery, and hope to see him on the roster in 2018.