Kicker Steve Hauschka, who was released earlier this season by Baltimore, was signed by the Falcons on Tuesday.
Also, starting right guard Harvey Dahl (ankle) and left cornerback Chris Houston (hamstring) were placed on injured reserve.
Linebacker Robert James, was elevated to the roster from the practice squad.
Kicker Matt Bryant suffered a hamstring injury against the Bills on Sunday and experienced a death in his family. He remains on the active roster.
Hauschka played in 17 games for the Ravens and converted 10 or 15 field goals and 27 of 28 extra points.
He was cut by the Ravens after nine games this season and four missed field goals.
Bryant pulled his hamstring in the third quarter on Sunday while punting for Michael Koenen, who’d suffered a concussion making a tackle earlier in the game.
THE BRANCH – The Falcons could be further depleted for the all important season finale in Tampa Bay.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez (calf), kicker Matt Bryant (hamstring), punter Michael Koenen (concussion) and left tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) suffered bad injuries against the Bills.
Gonzalez, Koenen and Baker did not return to action.
Bryant did come back to kick an extra point, but clearly couldn’t fully swing his leg. The Falcons likely will have to find a new kicker to close out the season.
Bryant was signed after a kick-off with Paul Edinger. The Falcons also worked out Brandon Coutu, Steve Hauschka, Sam Swank and Shane Andrus in November.
Also, former Cowboys kicker Nick Folk is now available. He was cut last week after missing 7 of his last 11 field goal attempts. Hauschka and Andrus worked out for the Cowboys along with Connor Hughes and Parker Douglass. Shaun Suisham won the Cowboys kick-off.
Now what if the Falcons get into a close game with the Buccaneers and breaking the back-to-back winning streak comes down to a kick?
FALCONS ON TRACK: Linebacker Michael Peterson believes the Falcons are on track to get the winning season.
“The thing is that we have to go out and finish up 9-7,” Peterson said. “I’m sure that the fans, the organization and the city will be really proud.”
SHUT OUT SLIPPED AWAY: The Falcons were hoping to shut out the Buffalo Bills. Rian Lindell’s field goal with 1:58 left in the third quarter were the only points the defense yielded.
The Falcons last shut out was against Oakland, 24-0, last season on Nov. 2, 2008.
“I’ll take the three, but we still didn’t let them in the endzone,” Peterson said.
BROHM WAS FUNCTIONAL: Buffalo quarterback Brian Brohm was in a tough spot and didn’t get much help from the Bills running game.
“We kind of treated it like we were getting ready for a rookie quarterback,” safety Thomas DeCoud said. “We just had to go off their scheme and think of how they were going to try to simplify it for a guy who hasn’t taken many snaps.”
It was Brohm’s NFL debut. He was signed off Green Bay’s practice squad on Nov. 19.
“He handled the game for it being his first start,” DeCoud said. “They tried to take it out of his hands with the run game.”
3-1 vs. the AFC EAST: The victory over the Bills gave the Falcons a 3-1 record against the AFC East. They also defeated Miami and the New York Jets while they lost to New England.
OWENS ELATED: Cornerback Christopher Owens got his first career interception against Buffalo.
“It was a little bit overthrown and I made a play on the ball,” Owens said. “I got the first one in the record books. It feels good, really good.”
EXPERIENCE HOLDER: Quarterback Matt Ryan was a holder in college, so he was fine with taking over those duties against the Bills when Michael Koenen went down.
“We’re all football players here and sometimes you have to step into some different roles and do some different things,” Ryan said.
Backup quarterback Chris Redman was set to punt, but his services were not needed.
“We did miss that treat,” Ryan said. “Red would have done a great job. He was telling me on the side line that he was the backup punter in high school.”