- D. Orlando Ledbetter The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Falcons placed Andy Levitre on injured reserve Tuesday after the starting left guard was re-injured in Sunday’s regular-season finale.
The team signed running back Terrence Magee from the practice squad to fill the roster sport ahead of the Falcons’ wild-card playoff game at the Rams on Saturday.
Levitre tried to play against the Panthers with a triceps injury, but left the game after just five plays. He originally suffered the injury against Minnesota on Dec. 3 and missed three games before trying to return against the Panthers.
“He really tried to put forth the effort to see if he could go (against the Panthers),” Quinn said Tuesday. “He had a good week of practice and thought it would be good. He went through some plays and he went through the game, he wasn’t able to function like he can. We are bummed for him, but we appreciate how hard he strained to try to get back.”
Ben Garland replaced Levitre in the starting lineup in the three games. He came on against the Panthers and played 67 of 72 offensive snaps (93 percent).
The Falcons are preparing to play the Rams at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Rams defensive line is led by four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Tight end Levine Toilolo (knee) did not play against the Panthers. He’s expected to return to practice this week.
When the Falcons wanted to run double-tight-end formations against the Panthers, they used tackle Ty Sambrailo as the second tight end.