Falcons plan to discuss Shembo situation

“I’m sure that we will, but general manager Thomas (Dimitroff) and I have not gotten together on that, at this point,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said on Thursday. “But I don’t have a comment one way or another on that.”

The Falcons released Shembo on May 29 after he was arrested on felony animal cruelty charges. He pleaded to a misdemeanor and a fine on Aug. 6 in Gwinnett County. He cleared league waivers and is currently a free agent.

Shembo, a fourth-round pick by the Falcons in 2014, had a strong rookie season. He started three games and played in 16 games at inside linebacker.

Before he was released by the team, Quinn had moved him to outside linebacker. He has some pass rushing ability and the Falcons are in dire need of improving their pass rush.

Also, linebacker Brooks Reed, who’s been out with a groin injury, was signed to play the strongside linebacker position.

With the release of safety Damian Pharms, the Falcons have 88 players in camp and two open roster spots.

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