For a brief, shining moment, LaCale London looked like he might be stepping in as a starter for the Falcons. Having impressed as a practice squad call-up, he was on the active roster, and the Falcons were going to be without Grady Jarrett for the rest of the season. Instead, London hit injured reserve the same week as Jarrett, and the Falcons went out and traded for Kentavius Street to shore up a suddenly thin defensive line.
In the weeks since, Street has established himself as a capable player and Ta’Quon Graham has returned to his 2022 form, with the line solidifying despite the loss of two key players. Where London will fit is an open question, but it’s one that will be answered soon enough, as the team has designated his return from injured reserve. That means London can practice and will return when the team feels he’s ready.
When he does, the team is likely to prioritize getting him back on the roster. The XFL import shone against Tampa Bay and showed some pass rushing chops against the Titans before his injury, which should be enough to get him back into the rotation. That could mean Joe Gaziano or Travis Bell are headed to the practice squad, or London could replace Albert Huggins, who is a Ryan Nielsen favorite but has not been the most productive member of the rotation today. Regardless of who they move to make room, London’s addition should strengthen this group down the stretch, a key thing when you have a 30-plus year-old David Onyemata (who has been banged up of late) and Calais Campbell among them.
We’ll give London a warm welcome back and wait for him to be activated. Let’s hope it’s sooner than later.