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Falcons wide receiver Colby Pearson waived with an injury settlement

The Falcons have one open roster spot heading into the weekend.

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The Atlanta Falcons have been unusually quiet when it comes to roster moves this offseason, choosing to largely keep the back end of the roster intact as they’ve moved through preseason. That’s going to change in a hurry, potentially starting with this news.

Former Packer Colby Pearson always faced long odds of making the final roster, given how stacked the Falcons are at receiver, but now he won’t even get the chance to compete further. The team has waived him with an injury settlement, meaning they could add him to injured reserve (I believe) if he clears waivers. More than likely, he’ll simply be released.

Pearson’s absence leaves an open roster spot, but it’s anyone’s guess who will fill it with less than 30 hours to go until gametime. The Falcons have enough receivers to make it through this game even with Julio Jones and Marvin Hall sitting it out, so it’s not that they need to sign anyone. They may want to see how the game goes, see if any injuries or weaknesses manifest, and make a signing based on that for the final preseason game, but again, it’s difficult to know.

We’ll wish Pearson well as he recovers, and we’ll hope he’s the last Falcons wide receiver who gets hurts this year.