Falcons activate three players from reserve/COVID-19 list

Three Atlanta players are coming off of the reserve/COVID-19 list and rejoining their teammates


The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday that safety Jaylinn Hawkins, quarterback Danny Etling and linebacker Foye Oluokun have been activated from the team's reserve/COVID-19 list.


Hawkins, Etling and Oluokun were among the six Falcons players to go on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week as players have begun to report for mandatory testing. Atlanta's veterans began their five-day initial testing phase on July 28. Rookies began a five-day initial testing phase on July 21, and players have been undergoing daily tests as part of the NFL's COVID-19 testing protocol.

Oluokun, 25, is in line for a bigger role this season after De'Vondre Campbell's departure in free agency. He has recorded 153 tackles, four tackles for a loss and forced two fumbles while appearing in 32 games since the Falcons selected him in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Hawkins, 23, was selected by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. During his career at Cal, Hawkins totaled 158 tackles, 17 pass defenses, 10 interceptions, 9.5 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles. Etling, 26, was claimed by the Falcons off of waivers prior to the 2019 season and spent most of the year on the team's practice squad.

The Falcons currently have three players on their reserve/COVID-19 list: Safety Jamal Carter, defensive tackle Tyeler Davison and fullback Keith Smith.

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