Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 11/16/12

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)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- 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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