FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons added more depth along the interior defensive line. They signed Travis Bell off the Chicago Bears practice squad, the team announced Wednesday.
The Kennesaw State alum, who stands 6 feet and 310 pounds, was drafted in the seventh round in 2023.
Bell had 124 tackles, including 24.5 for a loss, and 11 sacks in five seasons with the Owls but has yet to make his NFL regular-season debut.
This addition comes after the Falcons made other moves along the defensive line. They likely came as a result of Grady Jarrett's torn ACL, an injury suffered early in a Week 8 loss to Tennessee. Atlanta also acquired Kentavius Street in a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles the following day.
Now Bell joins a defensive front that will certainly experience some shuffling as they try to assemble a plan to account for Jarrett's absence.
LaCale London was placed on injured reserve in a corresponding move. That's another blow to the defensive front, as London had filled a prominent role in the unit as a reserve interior lineman. Arthur Smith said that London has a "great chance to return."