Falcons' Offensive Tackle Woes Mount

OT Renardo Foster (Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons now have four players on injured reserve with torn ACLs. Get the latest out of Atlanta on the Falcons and what their doing to shore up their offensive tackle position.

Left tackle Renardo Foster was placed on injured reserve after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's loss at New Orleans. Foster, an undrafted rookie, was starting in place of veteran Wayne Gandy, who tore his ACL in his left knee at Tennessee three games ago and was placed on IR.

The Falcons have four players on injured reserve because of torn knee ACLs. Quarterback D.J. Shockley tore the ACL and MCL in his knee during a preseason game at Buffalo and wide receiver Brian Finneran tore his ACL this summer while rehabilitating the torn ACL he suffered during training camp of 2006.

The Falcons signed free agent offensive tackle Terrance Pennington to fill Foster's roster spot. Pennington started nine games for Buffalo last season as a rookie but he was cut during training camp. With a bye this weekend, Pennington has the opportunity to learn enough of the offense to be the reserve tackle for Atlanta's next game against visiting San Francisco Nov. 4.

If Pennington is not ready, the Falcons could use Harvey Dahl, who was signed off San Francisco's practice squad two weeks ago.

Ideally, the Falcons are hoping for right tackle Todd Weiner to return from arthroscopic knee surgery to face the 49ers. If he's healthy enough to play, Ojinnaka could play left tackle or Tyson Clabo, who is filling in for Weiner, could be moved to the left side.


--Atlanta worked out former Georgia DE Quentin Moses on Monday but did not sign him. He is expected to sign with Miami. Moses was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round this spring but was released. He was then signed by Arizona, which also cut him.

--With this being a bye weekend, several players said they plan to go out of town -- to watch football -- once they are released from practice Thursday. QB Joey Harrington said he is going to see his alma mater, Oregon, face USC. CB DeAngelo Hall plans to attend the Virginia Tech-Boston College showdown.

--OLB Michael Boley has 60 tackles by league count -- third highest in the NFL. He had a career-high 85 last season according to league stats.

--RB Warrick Dunn is on pace to rush for 667 yards after gaining more than 1,000 in each of the past three seasons. He's averaging just 3.1 yards per carry and 41 yards rushing per game.

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