FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons announced Monday morning that they have placed safety Keanu Neal on injured reserve and, in a corresponding move, signed defensive end Steven Means to the 53-man active roster.
Means, 27, has spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, appearing in 14 games during that time. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and Means has also spent time in Baltimore in addition to Tampa Bay and Philadelphia. In his four NFL seasons, Means has recorded 12 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.
Neal suffered a knee injury in the Falcons' season-opening loss to the Eagles, and it was later announced that he would miss the rest of the 2018 season as a result. A Pro Bowler in 2017, Neal has played in 31 games since joining the Falcons as a first-round draft selection in 2016. He has totaled 220 tackles (154 solo) with one interception, 15 passes defensed and eight forced fumbles.