The Atlanta Falcons announced that they’ve placed veteran DL Derrick Shelby on injured reserve Tuesday with a torn Achilles’ tendon and promoted rookie S Sharrod Neasman to their active roster.
Shelby, 27, signed a four-year, $18 million contract that included $7.5 million guaranteed with the Falcons back in March. He stands to make base salaries of $1 million (2016) and $3 million (2017) over the next two years.
In 2016, Shelby has appeared in six games and recorded eight tackles, no sacks and a pass defense.
Neasman, 25, wound up signing a three-year, $1.62 million contract with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of Florida Atlantic back in May. The Falcons elected to cut him loose coming out of the preseason before later adding him to their practice squad at the start of the season.
During his college career at Florida Atlantic, Neasman recorded 148 tackles, five interceptions, a forced fumble and seven pass defenses over the course of 38 games.