FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -The Atlanta Falcons put starting tight end Ben Hartsock on injured reserve Wednesday and brought back Jason Rader for the second time this season.
The 264-pound Hartsock, who had only three catches and was essentially another lineman for Atlanta's powerful running game, injured a toe in last weekend's 45-28 victory over Carolina. He is out for the season after making eight starts in 11 games.
``It's going to be tough to replace Ben,'' coach Mike Smith said. ``Ben has done a very nice job in blocking. He's an integral part of our running game.''
Rader was released by the Falcons after training camp, then re-signed and actually started in a loss to Philadelphia, only to get cut again.
Justin Peelle, who has nine catches for 99 yards this season, will likely move into the starting role for Sunday's game at San Diego, with Rader taking over the backup role.

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Texans vs. Broncos Prediction Will the struggling Broncos not only beat the Texans tonight but also cover as a heavy favorite at 8:30PM ET on Monday Night Football?
Thumbnail Texans vs. Broncos Injury Report Will any of the key players for the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos be out for tonight’s Monday Night...
Thumbnail MNF Point Spread Jumps The point spread for tonight's Monday Night Football clash between the Texans and Broncos is on the move. Here's the latest.
Thumbnail Texas vs. Broncos Public Betting Who does the public like for the big game between the Houston Texansand Denver Broncostonight? Here’s a look at the latest betting report.
Thumbnail Texans vs. Broncos Odds Week 7 of the NFL season wraps up tonight when the Denver Broncos host the Houston Texans at 8:30PM ET on ESPN....
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages