With the news that Pro Bowl safety Keanu Neal will be out for the season after suffering an Achilles injury against the Colts, the Falcons (1-2) are considering bringing in some outside help at the position.
"We're going to work some people out, but, yeah, we're looking at all options at this point," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Monday. "Nothing definitive yet. We're working through, veteran-wise, and we have some players on our own practice squad we're high on as well. Not all the way through that plan yet, but the plan is to add another safety."
The Falcons are apparently moving forward with that plan. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday that the Falcons are bringing in George Iloka and T.J. McDonald for a workout.
Iloka, 29, was with the Minnesota Vikings last season and made three starts. Prior to joining the Vikings, Iloka spent six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, who drafted him in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. A longtime starter with the Bengals, Iloka has recorded 362 tackles, 32 pass defenses, nine interceptions and three forced fumbles during his NFL career.
McDonald, 28, started 22 games over the last two seasons for the Miami Dolphins. He was originally drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft by the St. Louis Rams, where he was a starter for 53 games. During his six NFL seasons, McDonald has recorded 412 tackles, 26 tackles for a loss, 25 pass defenses, eight interceptions and five sacks.