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Falcons Release Polite, Sign Cox

The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have signed fullback Mike Cox and released fullback Lousaka Polite. The Falcons have also signed guard/center Jacques McClendon to the practice squad.

Cox, 6-0, 252 pounds, was originally signed as a college free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs on May 2, 2008. After spending three seasons with the Chiefs, he was signed by the Falcons as a free agent on October 25, 2011. Cox saw action in nine games with five starts and helped pave the way for RB Michael Turner to post his second straight 1,000-yard season in 2011.

Polite, 6-0, 245 pounds, was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a college free agent following the 2004 NFL Draft. He spent time with the Cowboys, Bears, Dolphins and Patriots before being signed by the Falcons as a free agent on August 11, 2012. Polite saw action in six games with five starts this season.

McClendon, 6-3, 324 pounds, was originally selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round (129 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in four games with the Colts in 2010 then spent time in Detroit and Pittsburgh. McClendon played in 49 games with 26 starts in four seasons at the University of Tennessee. As a senior in 2009, he helped RB Montario Hardesty run for 1,345 yards.

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