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Falcons FB Keith Smith to injured reserve; TE Tucker Fisk signed to active roster

Two Falcons roster moves were announced Saturday.

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The Falcons announced Saturday that the team has placed fullback Keith Smith on injured reserve and, in a corresponding move, elevated tight end Tucker Fisk to the active roster.

In addition to the Smith and Fisk moves, the Falcons have activated offensive lineman John Leglue and punter Pat O’Donnell to the active roster from the practice squad for Sunday’s game against the Colts as standard practice squad elevations.

Smith’s more of a blocker and hasn’t contributed to the run game as a ball carrier this year, but over 13 games this season, he has three catches on three targets for 33 yards. Fisk has played in three games for Atlanta this season as a practice squad, and in addition to 26 special teams snaps, has one catch on one target for nine yards.

From the team on the elevations of Leglue and O’Donnell for the Colts game:

Leglue was originally signed by the Denver Broncos following the 2019 NFL Draft out of Tulane. He appeared in six games (five starts) for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021. The 6-foot-6, 301-pound offensive lineman appeared in 49 games (38 starts) over four seasons (2015-18) at Tulane. Throughout his collegiate career, he started games at four different positions on the offensive line (15 starts at right tackle, 13 at right guard, nine at center and one at left tackle). This marks his first elevation of the season.

O’Donnell was originally selected by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round (191st overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Miami (Fla.). He appeared in 145 games punting 616 times for 27,764 yards (45.1 gross, 39.3 net avg.), including 224 punts inside of the 20-yard line, 73 punts inside of the 10-yard line and 22 punts inside of the five-yard line over nine seasons for the Bears and Packers. Sunday will mark his second elevation of the season (Week 8).

Keith Smith was listed as doubtful for this week’s matchup, but obviously the move to IR means he’s out for the remainder of the season.

Punter Bradley Pinion did not practice on Friday due to a personal matter. The elevation of O’Donnell could mean he’s not expected to be able to play on Sunday. With Drew Dalman and Chris Lindstrom working their way back from injuries and Kaleb McGary questionable for Sunday, Leglue’s versatility could come in handy.