Atlanta Falcons beginning nickel nook Isaiah Oliver is out for the season and can want surgical procedure, a supply informed ESPN, after he was carted off the sphere with a knee harm Sunday towards Washington.
The staff positioned Oliver on injured reserve Tuesday.
Oliver, a second-round choose in 2018 out of Colorado, had turn out to be one in all Atlanta’s prime defensive gamers after shifting from outdoors nook to the slot full-time this yr. He allowed 53.3% of passes thrown at him to be accomplished, in line with Professional Soccer Reference, and recorded 9 tackles, one compelled fumble, one fumble restoration and three move breakups.
The Falcons coaches had been pleased with the way in which Oliver had been taking part in — and his versatility — praising him in a number of press briefings over the previous month.
Now, the staff will seemingly flip to rookie Avery Williams, who was taken within the fifth spherical out of Boise State, to switch Oliver within the lineup.
Atlanta additionally positioned punter Cam Nizialek on injured reserve after he suffered a proper hamstring harm Sunday. The Falcons promoted punter Dustin Colquitt, a two-time Professional Bowler, from the apply squad together with defensive lineman Mike Pennel to take the locations of Nizialek and Oliver on the 53-man roster.
The Falcons additionally signed kicker Elliott Fry and security Shaun Williams, who has began 60 video games within the NFL, to the apply squad.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32344184/atlanta-falcons-starting-nickel-corner-isaiah-oliver-season-knee-injury-source-says | Atlanta Falcons beginning nickel nook Isaiah Oliver out for season with knee harm, supply says