MyKal Walker starts for Deion Jones at inside linebacker

072721 Flowery Branch: Atlanta Falcons linebacker Mykal Walker talks with the media while arriving for player check in at training camp on report day at the team practice facility on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Flowery Branch.   “Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com”

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072721 Flowery Branch: Atlanta Falcons linebacker Mykal Walker talks with the media while arriving for player check in at training camp on report day at the team practice facility on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Flowery Branch. “Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com”

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Falcons inside linebacker Deion Jones has been dealing with a shoulder injury for awhile and it flared up on Friday, which led to him being placed on the injury report.

Jones, who is second on the team with 92 tackles, was listed as questionable and then declared out for the game on Sunday. Jones had started 47 consecutive regular-season games going back to Week 12 of the 2018 season.

Second-year linebacker Mykal Walker, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 draft, replaced Jones in the starting lineup. He started in six games as a rookie and was making his first start of the 2021 season.

The Falcons defense entered the game giving up 362.3 yards per game, which ranked 20th in the league. The 28.8 points per game ranked 31st.

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