Biermann steps forward as starting DE for Falcons

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 16, 2012

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 14: Defensive end Kroy Biermann #71 of the Atlanta Falcons watches play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome on December 14, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Ray Edwards' loss is Kroy Biermann's gain for the Atlanta Falcons. Biermann took over as a starting defensive end earlier this week after the Falcons cut Edwards. Cliff Matthews and rookie Jonathan Massaquoi also are likely to earn more playing time when Atlanta (8-1) hosts Arizona (4-5) on Sunday. Biermann originally lost the left end job when the NFL lockout ended last year. Atlanta signed Edwards and gave him $11 million guaranteed. But after watching Biermann flourish in the scheme designed by first-year defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, the Falcons decided that Edwards was no longer needed. Right end John Abraham, the NFL's active career sacks leader, says Biermann is a consummate team player who does whatever he's asked. That didn't seem to be the case with Edwards.
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