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Release coming to AF.com...

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA – The Atlanta Falcons today released 13 players to reach the NFL’s mandatory 53-man roster limit.

“Today is never an easy day for anyone in the organization,” said Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. “That said however, we are pleased with our roster heading into the 2009 campaign. Our staff did a fine job of evaluating the entire team throughout the offseason, which included mini-camp, OTAs, training camp and preseason games.”

Players that were released include wide receiver Troy Bergeron, running back Thomas Brown, offensive lineman Michael Butterworth, wide receiver Robert Ferguson, linebacker Robert James, wide receiver Aaron Kelly, defensive end Maurice Lucas, cornerback William Middleton, tight end Jason Rader, quarterback D.J. Shockley, offensive guard Jose Valdez, defensive tackle Vance Walker and linebacker Jamie Winborn.

“It’s always difficult to see players being released especially considering how hard everyone has worked,” said Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith. “I feel like we have a good group of guys in place and I’m looking forward to moving on to the regular season.”

The Falcons can establish an eight-player practice squad starting on Sunday, September 6.

Atlanta finished the 2009 preseason with a 2-2 record, solidifying the team’s sixth-consecutive non-losing campaign. The Falcons will host the Miami Dolphins in the season opener at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, September 13, 2009. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m. Atlanta holds an impressive 11-6 record in season home openers and has won six of their last seven dating back to 1990.

Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith will address the media regarding the final roster cuts as well as the regular season opener against Miami on Monday, September 7, 2009 following practice.

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Release coming to AF.com...

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA – The Atlanta Falcons today released 13 players to reach the NFL’s mandatory 53-man roster limit.

“Today is never an easy day for anyone in the organization,” said Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. “That said however, we are pleased with our roster heading into the 2009 campaign. Our staff did a fine job of evaluating the entire team throughout the offseason, which included mini-camp, OTAs, training camp and preseason games.”

Players that were released include wide receiver Troy Bergeron, running back Thomas Brown, offensive lineman Michael Butterworth, wide receiver Robert Ferguson, linebacker Robert James, wide receiver Aaron Kelly, defensive end Maurice Lucas, cornerback William Middleton, tight end Jason Rader, quarterback D.J. Shockley, offensive guard Jose Valdez, defensive tackle Vance Walker and linebacker Jamie Winborn.

“It’s always difficult to see players being released especially considering how hard everyone has worked,” said Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith. “I feel like we have a good group of guys in place and I’m looking forward to moving on to the regular season.”

The Falcons can establish an eight-player practice squad starting on Sunday, September 6.

Atlanta finished the 2009 preseason with a 2-2 record, solidifying the team’s sixth-consecutive non-losing campaign. The Falcons will host the Miami Dolphins in the season opener at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, September 13, 2009. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m. Atlanta holds an impressive 11-6 record in season home openers and has won six of their last seven dating back to 1990.

Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith will address the media regarding the final roster cuts as well as the regular season opener against Miami on Monday, September 7, 2009 following practice.

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Also surprised we cut Middleton and Walker but I think they'll be on the practice squad.
You shouldn't be. Once we got Tye Hill, that left us with 6 CB. WE wouldn't have gone in the season with 6 CB for sure. Middleton was the logical choice to cut and hopefully sign to the PS. And with Walker, guys like Babs, Lewis, T. Johnson, and Jerry were all ahead of him. Lets hope we can get him to the PS too.
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