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Falcons place Keanu Neal on IR, make several roster moves

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The Atlanta Falcons announced Tuesday that they have officially placed Keanu Neal on injured reserve after the starting safety injured his Achilles against the Colts.


In addition to placing Neal on IR, the Falcons waived punter Matt Wile, signed offensive lineman John Wetzel to the active roster, promoted safety Jamal Carter from the practice squad to the active roster and signed tight end Carson Meier to the practice squad.

Carter, 25, joined the Falcons' practice squad after spending the preseason with the Denver Broncos and recording five tackles. Carter signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Miami in 2017; he recorded 11 tackles while being active for all 16 games in his first season.

Wile was signed by the Falcons on Saturday prior to the team's Week 3 matchup against the Colts after starting punter Matt Bosher was ruled out for the game due to a groin injury. He had one punt during Atlanta's 27-24 loss, a 39-yarder after the Falcons first drive of the game that pinned the Colts back at their own 7-yard line.

Wetzel, 28, joined the Falcons in the offseason as a reserve offensive lineman. He was waived as a corresponding move to make room for Wile on the active roster.

Meier, 24, is an undrafted rookie out of the University of Oklahoma, where he finished fifth on the team with 19 catches for 327 yards and four touchdowns in 2018.

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