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Falcons place kicker Matt Bryant (quad) on season-ending injured reserve

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The Atlanta Falcons have placed kicker Matt Bryant on season-ending injured reserve as the veteran has been nursing a quadriceps injury over the past few weeks. Replaced by Shayne Graham as the primary place kicker, Bryant’s absence will allow the Falcons to add nose tackle Joey Mbu to the 53-man roster.

The 40-year-old appeared in seven games for the Falcons in 2015 while making 14 of his 18 attempts. With the struggling Falcons’ offense hindering his production, Bryant ranks 26th in the league in field goals made this season.

However, despite the new regulations that have troubled kickers around the NFL, he went a perfect 26 of 26 on extra-point attempts.

Heading to Atlanta in 2009, Bryant has placed 162 of his 181 field goal attempts through the uprights while in black and red. He has scored a total of 731 points with the franchise and ranks second on the team’s all-time scoring list.

After beginning the season 5-1, the Falcons have fallen off to lose five of their last six games (five consecutive) to drop to 6-6 on the year. Taking on the undefeated Carolina Panthers Sunday, it is highly unlikely that the Falcons will remain in the NFC playoff picture for much longer.

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