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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Wednesday, Sept. 19

The injuries continue to mount as the Saints come to town.

Carolina Panthers v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

We’re still reveling in the triumph over the Panthers, but now it’s time to gear up for Sunday’s battle at The Benz against the New Orleans Saints. Coming off an impressive offensive display last week, the Falcons hope to continue that good work when the Saints head to town. We’ve got everything to get you up to speed in today’s edition of Falcoholinks.

LG Andy Levitre headed to IR with triceps injury

Just awkward, dejected laughter at this point. The Falcons have had several relatively injury-free seasons recently, but now the IR stints are just piling up like unpaid parking tickets. Andy Levitre landed on injured reserve toward the end of 2017 with a triceps injury, and he will now miss the remainder of 2018 with the same ailment.

The Falcons will look to Wes Schweitzer to replace Levitre, and he did a solid job against the Carolina Panthers. The Falcons also announced that they signed guard Zac Kerin in the wake of Levitre heading to IR.

With the nature of the injury and Andy Levitre’s contract situation, it’s quite likely that his tenure with the Atlanta Falcons has come to a close. We wish him the best in his recovery.

Was Vic Beasley merely a mirage?

Maybe other than Duke Riley, no player is being scrutinized at an electron microscope’s level like Vic Beasley. Entering the fourth year of his rookie contract, Beasley has seemingly regressed, and if he does not show signs of improvement, his recently exercised fifth-year option may need a closer look.

Our Matt Chambers took a look at Vic’s production nosedive, and explored different avenues the team could choose to take should he fail to find his form.

Hot, fresh takes

Did you hear the Saints almost lost to the Browns? It was a pretty big deal: The New Orleans Saints, the professional football team that the Atlanta Falcons are playing on Sunday, nearly became the first squad to surrender a loss to the Cleveland Browns since December 24, 2016.

Tip your opposing kicker.

Should you be craving carbohydrates this Wednesday morning, I’d strongly advise you to grab a baker’s dozen to start your day. Resident take technician Kevin Knight provided his new weekly roundup of all the league-wide action from Week 2.

More practice squad shuffling

A lot of early activity on the practice squad so far this season, and that continued with the Falcons’ addition of former Saints cornerback Taveze Calhoun. Gamesmanship? Probably not. But it’s fun to think about, and maybe it annoys Sean Payton, which is good too.

Welcome, Taveze.