August 26, 2017 Atlanta: Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins (32) (left) snags Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) during 2nd quarter action on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at the opening of the brand new Mercedes Benz Stadium and pre-season NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM
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Falcons have tough decision looming on Jalen Collins

The first order of business will be to cut the roster down from 91 players to the mandated 53-man unit and what to do with cornerback Jalen Collins, who’s been suspended for 10 games. 

The Falcons must be down to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday. They have an International player exemption for tight end Alex Gray, a developmental player from London.

They can put Collins on the suspended list and he won’t count against the 53-man roster. After his second violation of the league’s performing enhancement drug policy, the team may elect to part ways with the former second-round pick from LSU.

Coach Dan Quinn said no decision has been yet and that the violation of trust, for a second time, has been difficult for the organization to deal with. 

Collins will learn his fate on Friday.

Once the roster is down to 53, the Falcons can start to construct their 10-member practice squad after midnight on Sunday. 

The Falcons can sign free agents who do not have accrued season of free agency credit or who were on the 46-player active list for less than nine regular-season games during their only accrued season or seasons. 

A player can not participate on a practice squad for more than three seasons.

“There is definitely a group already that we’ve identified that we think really has some skill development stuff,” Quinn said. “That’s why this last game, there are a few more that we have (to evaluate)… some need reps and reps and reps to get more comfortable playing ball.” 

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