The Falcons made a flurry of roster moves on Wednesday afternoon ahead of their trip across the pond. Prior to the contest in London against the Jaguars, the club placed Troy Andersen on the injured reserve.
In the wake of that injury, the Falcons signed Andre Smith Jr. to the 53-man roster, which is more of a move to bolster the depth behind Nate Landman and Kaden Elliss.
There was some speculation that Atlanta might be in the market for a starting-caliber player following the restructuring of Jake Matthews’ contract, which created more than $7 million in cap space.
However, Landman showed enough against the Packers and Lions to get the opportunity to start. It seems the team agrees. But even though the undrafted free agent looked good in a small sample size, that doesn’t always mean it’ll be the same over the course of a full season.
That might not be necessary, though. During Wednesday’s practice, Arthur Smith provided a glimmer of hope for Falcons fans and refused to rule Troy Andersen out for the season.
"It's hard for me to predict," Arthur Smith wouldn't rule out Troy Andersen for the entire year after he was placed on IR yesterday.
— Tori McElhaney (@tori_mcelhaney) September 27, 2023
Not that they suffered the same injury, but T.J. Watt tore his pectoral muscle in the Steelers’ season opener last year. He only missed seven games and played in Pittsburgh’s final nine games.
With Smith refusing to rule him out for the season, Andersen seems to have an outside shot of returning in 2023 for potentially a postseason run.
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