ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 22: Matt Bosher #5 of the Atlanta Falcons punts the ball off to the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on January 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Falcons punter Matt Bosher set to return 

The Falcons cleared the path for the return of punter Matt Bosher, who was on injured reserve with the designation to return.

The Falcons released punter Ryan Allen and linebacker Jermaine Grace, who gave up a deflected punt to the Saints’ Taysom Hill on Thursday. (It officially wasn’t a blocked punt.) Grace was the team’s leading special-teams tackler with six. 

Allen was signed over the bye week and played in four games for the Falcons. He had a net average of 35.3 on 14 points. He placed six punts inside the 20-yard line had several coffin corner punts to pin back the opposition.

Bosher’s 21-day rehab period started Nov. 20. He’d been out with a groin injury. 

The Falcons have had five punters on the roster this season. 

Bosher, who suffered a right groin injury, was placed on injured reserve Oct. 5. Bosher played in the first two games of the season. He was inactive against the Colts in Week 3 with a groin injury, and Matt Wile was on the roster for that game. Wile punted in two games.

Other punters on the roster this season included Kasey Redfern, Matt Wile and Sam Irwin-Hill, but the Australian-born punter had issues with a work visa and never punted in a game. 

The Falcons have an open spot on the 53-man roster. 

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