Lowery out with another concussion

Lowery out with another concussion

Do the Falcons have an issue at safety with Dwight Lowery?

One area in need of improvement this season is at free safety, where former starter Thomas Decoud is now in Carolina playing for the division-rival Panthers.

Dwight Lowery was brought in to give the secondary some experience. He's played in the NFL for six seasons with the Jets and Jaguars.

But Lowery has suffered another concussion, the third since he started his NFL career in 2008 and his fourth overall. The latest occurred Friday night when the Falcons had their Friday night lights scrimmage.

Kemal Ishmael, Atlanta's seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft out of Central Florida, has received some playing time at safety since Lowery's injury. Dez Southward, Atlanta's third-round pick this year, has been hobbled by a knee issue and is expected out a few more days.

The Falcons have signed Tyrell Johnson, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 after he played in four games for the Detroit Lions. Last year he was cut by the Lions in training camp. Johnson was a second-round pick by Minnesota in the 2008 draft. He started 27 games in four seasons with the Vikings and had only two interceptions.

You have to believe the Falcons will monitor the waiver wire for more potential help at the position, at least until there is a clear timeline on Lowery's potential return. However, the talk around Flowery Branch is that the latest concussion could keep Lowery out for an extended period of time, perhaps as much as the entire season.

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