Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports that the Falcons are placing TE Jacob Tamme on injured reserve after he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery last week.
According to McClure, Tamme faces six months of rehab before he can return to full football activities.
Tamme, 31, is a former fourth-round pick of the Colts back in 2008. He spent four years in Indianapolis before signing on with the Broncos back in 2012.
The Falcons signed him to a two-year, $4 million contract that included $400,000 guaranteed back in March of last year. He stands to make a base salary of $1.1 million for the 2016 season and will be an unrestricted free agent next year.
In 2016, Tamme appeared in eight games for the Falcons and caught 22 passes for 210 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 12 tight end out of 64 qualifying players.