The Atlanta Falcons announced today that center Peter Konz was headed to injured reserve with a knee injury and that the team signed former Chicago Bears offensive tackle Jonathan Scott to replace him on the roster.
Konz suffered his knee injury midway through the first quarter in the Falcons’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Konz’s injury means the Falcons are down to their third center for the season, after a season-ending knee injury sidelined starter Joe Hawley earlier this year. Konz had started the past three games at center. The Falcons replaced Konz during yesterday’s Ravens game with undrafted rookie James Stone. The team also has Harland Gunn on the roster, who has some limited experience as a center.
Scott most recently played with the Bears in 2013, but was inactive for every game. He started seven games in 2012 with the Bears while current Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice served as offensive coordinator. That season, Scott served as a midseason replacement for current Falcon Gabe Carimi at right tackle, after the latter was benched due to poor play. Prior to joining the Bears, Scott played two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, started a total of 14 games mainly at left tackle as an injury replacement for Max Starks. In 2009, Scott started eight games for the Buffalo Bills as an injury replacement mainly for left tackle Demetrius Bell. Scott began his career in 2006 as a fifth-round pick of the Detroit Lions out of Texas. He played two seasons with the Lions, mainly as a reserve right tackle, starting a total of six games before being released prior to the 2008 season.
The Falcons have dealt with injuries at offensive tackle as well, with left tackle Jake Matthews nursing a sore ankle that has seen a dip in his production the past few weeks. The team already signed offensive tackle Cameron Bradfield earlier this year to shore up depth.