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Falcons cut ties with Zac Kerin, bring Sean Harlow back to practice squad

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There’s another roster move coming, we just don’t know what it is yet.

Atlanta Falcons Practice
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 02: Atlanta Falcons helmets on the field during the Super Bowl LI practice on February 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The Falcons are going to be without Brandon Fusco for the rest of the season, and they wasted little time making moves in the wake of that. It’s just that they weren’t quite the moves we expected.

The Falcons cut Zac Kerin, who had been the team’s nominal fourth guard, and waived developmental interior lineman J.C. Hassenauer from the practice squad. They replaced Hassenauer with a familiar face in Sean Harlow, Atlanta’s 2017 fourth round pick, who returns after he didn’t make the team over the summer. It’s a welcome return, given the suddenly dire need both now and in the future at the guard position.

The odd thing is that the team didn’t just sign Harlow to the active roster, which means that once Brandon Fusco goes on injured reserve formally the Falcons will have two open roster spots. Harlow could fill one of those, but you have to wonder if Atlanta’s going to make a bigger move to address the guard position in the coming days. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Either way, welcome back Harlow. I’m still hopeful he can develop into a starting-caliber guard down the line, for the Atlanta Falcons once more.