As the Atlanta Falcons prepared to host the Chicago Bears this weekend, they received some concerning news on Saturday afternoon. Rookie cornerback A.J. Terrell has been placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list due to a test he took Friday morning.
With Terrell now slated to miss this weekend’s game, the team has made the corresponding moves of promoting three players from their practice squad. The three players promoted are linebacker Edmond Robinson and cornerbacks Delrick Abrams and Tyler Hall.
We have placed CB AJ Terrell on the reserve/COVID-19 list.— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 26, 2020
Edmond Robinson has been elevated to the active roster as a COVID replacement.
We have also elevated Tyler Hall and Delrick Abrams to the 53-man roster.
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Terrell now technically becomes the first NFL player to miss a regular season game due to COVID-19, and we wish him a speedy recovery. Looking ahead to this Sunday’s game with the Bears, the team now has some added linebacker depth and undrafted corner backs, and they will likely need all of them.
Robinson is a former XFL standout who was originally a seventh-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings. In his first season with the Vikings, Robinson played primarily on special teams, but also started 2 games. It was the best season of his career, and he posted a very respectable 66.9 PFF grade on limited snaps. You can read his full player profile here.
Hall and Abrams will be the first undrafted rookies from 2020 to make their way onto the roster. With a secondary struggling in the first two games, while also losing arguably it’s best corner back to the reserve/COVID-19 list, they’ll likely see some playing time as the team tries to prevent an 0-3 start.