The Atlanta Falcons were looking for two new starters on Monday after losing defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing to season-ending injuries.
Biermann tore his right Achilles tendon and Ewing separated his left shoulder in Sunday's 31-24 win over the St. Louis Rams. Coach Mike Smith said Monday each will be placed on the reserve injured list.
"As I say many times, one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity and we've got some guys that we expect are going to step up and make some plays for us," Smith said.
The loss of Biermann will lead to expanded roles for defensive ends Jonathan Massaquoi and rookie Malliciah Goodman. The versatile Biermann also played a linebacker position which had him dropping back in pass coverage.
"There's a role for a (backup) defensive end when Kroy was playing defensive end and there's a role for one of the (backup) linebackers," Smith said. "We've put that in place from the very beginning.
"As you know, your roster never stays ...