Arthur Smith: Ta’Quon Graham won’t return from IR

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The Falcons placed Ta’Quon Graham on the IR nearly a month ago after he suffered a knee injury against the Bears. And on Wednesday, Arthur Smith stated he doesn’t expect the second-year Graham to return before the end of the season.

It’s devastating for Ta’Quon Graham, who was in the midst of a breakout campaign. The former fifth-round pick has quietly had a very successful season, much more effective against the run than rushing passer. He’s been critical in Grady Jarrett‘s impressive season too. With a reliable defender on the inside, Jarrett has been freed up more.

The Falcons defensive line depth is shaky at best. Atlanta has turned to a combination of Timmy Horne, who the coaching staff loves but is very clearly a reserve-caliber player, Abdullah Anderson, who recorded his first sack of the season against the Bears, and undrafted free agent Jalen Dalton. Arthur Smith and Dean Pees don’t have a lot of inspiring options. Hopefully, Graham will be fully healthy by the time training camp rolls around.

Photographer: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

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