Falcons promote defensive lineman Tupou from practice squad
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) —
The Atlanta Falcons have signed defensive lineman Taniela Tupou to the active roster.
Tupou had been on the team's practice squad. He fills the roster spot left vacant when backup defensive tackle Jack Crawford was placed on injured reserve with a biceps injury on Oct 3.
Atlanta, coming off its bye week, is hoping to have some injured players return on defense for Sunday's game against Miami.
The Falcons were without injured linebacker Vic Beasley (hamstring), free safety Ricardo Allen (concussion) and defensive end Courtney Upshaw (knee/ankle) in their 23-17 loss to Buffalo on Oct. 1. Allen, Beasley and Upshaw returned to practice on Monday.
Two key starters on offense, wide receiver Julio Jones (hip) and right tackle Ryan Schraeder (concussion) also are expected to play this week.