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Atlanta Falcons Backup Tight End, Justin Peelle, To Miss Four-To-Six Weeks

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Justin Peelle is scheduled to miss four-to-six weeks following surgery to repair a sports hernia. Peelle, the former Oregon Duck, is in his third season with the Falcons and has 30 receptions for 300 yards and four touchdowns in 33 games. He's the answer to the trivia question: who did Tony Gonzalez replace as the Falcons starting tight end. His best game as a Falcon was his three catch performance for 38 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay last season.

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In his absence, rookie Michael Palmer (2 receptions, 12 yards this season) will take over the number two tight end position. The Falcons run a lot of two tight end sets so Palmer could see quite an increase in playing time over the next month or so. Peelle's target return would be between Week 11 and Week 13. Of course, if his four-to-six injury is anything like Michael Jenkins' four-to-six week injury, his season would be over.

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