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Falcons Promote Practice Squad WR Darius Johnson to Active Roster


Aug 24, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Darius Johnson (13) catches a pass and runs for a touchdown against Tennessee Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (29) during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Falcons 27-16. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Less than 24 hours ago, the Falcons unexpectedly placed veteran safety Shann Schillinger on waivers, but now, we have evidence that it was simply a predecessor to another roster move.

As announced by the team (see above), the Falcons have promoted wide receiver Darius Johnson from the practice squad, and he will join the active roster for Sunday’s game with the Bucs. This move shouldn’t come as a surprise in the wake of Roddy White being ruled out for Sunday’s game, and the team desperately needed another body to help Harry Douglas, Kevin Cone, Drew Davis, and Brian Robiskie on the outside.

Johnson is no stranger to the Falcons, as he was actually the leading receiver for the team in the 2013 preseason. The 5-foot-10 rookie from Southern Miss caught 13 balls for 158 yards and a touchdown during the exhibition campaign, and there was even buzz that he would break camp with the team.

It is unclear whether Johnson will remain with the team after White is available, but for now, it’s a great opportunity for the young man to make a potential impact.