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Saturday, September 5, 2009
Report: Falcons release Shockley

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas


It's probably going to be a few more hours before NFC South teams announce their roster cuts. But D. Orlando Ledbetter has the news on one popular player who has been told he's being released.

That's quarterback D.J. Shockley. He's been a fan favorite because of his local ties and coaches were excited about Shockley's development in offseason workouts. But that progress didn't seem to transfer over to training camp and Shockley was very disappointing in the preseason games.

This probably means that undrafted rookie John Parker Wilson will make the roster as the third quarterback. But that's not automatic. There's still the possibility the Falcons could go with only Matt Ryan and Chris Redman on the roster and try to get Wilson or Shockley on the practice squad.

Again, stay tuned later this afternoon.