Falcons coach Dan Quinn told 92.9 The Game on Wednesday morning that Grady Jarrett will miss the Steelers game on Sunday.
Grady injured his ankle during the 37-36 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4.
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“When we get him back right, we’ll get him back in there when we can,” Quinn said during his weekly radio show. Quinn said it was a "week to week" situation regarding Jarrett's return.
Zach Klein of WSB-TV in Atlanta cited a league source when he reported Tuesday that Jarrett might miss "multiple games."
The Falcons signed defensive tackle Michael Bennett on Tuesday and waived defensive tackle Justin Zimmer in a corresponding move. Bennett, a former sixth-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2015, played in 14 games for games the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In other injury news, Quinn said that running back Devonta Freeman and defensive end Derrick Shelby are back practicing this week and he expects them to play against the Steelers.
Freeman suffered a knee injury in the Falcons’ season-opening road loss against the Philadelphia Eagles. Freeman began practicing last week in a limited fashion and if he is able to go, he’ll be able to give a boost to a unit that’s averaging 34.6 points per game in the last three games.
The Falcons (1-3) travel to Pittsburgh for a meeting with the Steelers (1-2-1), who are coming off a home loss to the Baltimore Ravens on "Sunday Night Football" and have yet to win a game at home this season.
The Falcons haven’t had much luck against the Steelers over the years. The two teams have met 16 times and Atlanta has managed to pull out just two victories and a tie since the two first met on Dec. 18, 1966. The Falcons’ last win against the Steelers was on Oct. 22, 2006 – a wild 41-38 win at the Georgia Dome.
Before that, the last time a Falcons team tasted victory against the Steelers was way back on Dec. 13, 1970, when Atlanta pulled out a 27-16 win at old Atlanta Stadium (later known as Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium). The Falcons have never won in Pittsburgh, but they did manage to hold on for a 34-34 tie on Nov. 10, 2002, at Heinz Field. Interestingly enough, Michael Vick was Atlanta’s quarterback during the last win in 2006 as well as the tie in 2002.