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Kendall Sheffield activated off injured reserve for today’s game

Atlanta gets cornerback help and elevates two players from the practice squad.

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Kendall Sheffield never really got his chance to compete for a starting job this summer, as he’s missed months with an undisclosed ailment and was on injured reserve through the first four weeks of the season. Happily, he has been activated off of injured reserve ahead of today’s game, which is just in the nick of time for a team with significant losses at cornerback.

Sheffield will almost certainly jump right into a role, though it remains to be seen how large that role is. He and Chris Williamson, who was activated off the practice squad, will be needed today.

It’s great to hear that Sheffield is healthy, and it will be interesting to see what kind of role Dean Pees and company envision for him. Still just 25 years old, Sheffield has had an up-and-down tenure in Atlanta but started 20 games under Dan Quinn and still has intriguing speed and is a solid tackler. Atlanta seems likely to ease him in to this one, but he could be called upon to start if he looks good in limited action over the next couple of weeks. With Oliver out I wouldn’t count out much of anyone for a big role right now.

Williamson will also likely have a limited role but provides the team with additional depth after a pretty good summer in Atlanta. Green will join a depleted receiver corps and will almost certainly get some run on special teams, even if he’s not a factor on offense.