FLOWERY BRANCH – Defensive tackle Thomas Johnson, who started 10 games last season for the Falcons, was waived injured on Tuesday.
Also, safety Matt Giordano was terminated with an injury settlement in order to reduce the roster to 75 per the NFL rules.
The Falcons, who play at Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, will have to reduce their roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Johnson was slowed in training camp by an Achilles injury. He played in 13 games last season and had 27 tackles, two sacks and a force fumble.
Giordano was signed by the Falcons as a free agent on March 16, 2010 after spending the 2009 season with the Green Bay Packers. Giordano was originally selected in the fourth round (135th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.
Here’s a look at the roster:
Locks: Matt Ryan, Chris Redman and John Parker Wilson.
Running backs (5)
Locks: Jerious Norwood, Michael Turner, Ovie Mughelli, Jason Snelling and Dimitri Nance.
Long shots: Dan Klecko and Antone Smith.
Wide receivers (5)
Locks: Michael Jenkins, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Brian Finneran and Eric Weems.
On the bubble: Troy Bergeron.
Long shots: Andy Strickland, Tim Buckley, Brandyn Harvey and Ryan Wolfe.
Injured reserve: Kerry Meier.
Tight ends (3)
Locks: Justin Peelle, Ketih Zinger and Tony Gonzalez.
Long shots: Michael Palmer and Robbie Agnone.
Offensive line (9)
Locks: Todd McClure, Justin Blalock, Harvey Dahl, Sam Baker, Tyson Clabo, Will Svitek, Garrett Reynolds, Joe Hawley, and Mike Johnson.
On the bubble: Jose Valdez and Brett Romberg.
Long shots: Rob Bruggeman and Blake Schlueter.
Defensive line (9)
Locks: Trey Lewis, John Abraham, Kroy Biermann, Lawrence Sidbury, Corey Peters, Chauncey Davis, Peria Jerry, Jonathan Babineaux, Jamaal Anderson.
On the bubble: Vance Walker.
Long shots: Emmanuel Stephens and Maurice Lucas.
Locks: Curtis Lofton, Mike Peterson, Stephen Nicholas, Sean Weatherspoon, Coy Wire and Spencer Adkins.
Long shots: Robert James, Weston Johnson and Bear Woods.
Defensive backs (8)
Locks: Brent Grimes, Christopher Owens, Dunta Robinson, William Moore, Dominique Franks, Erik Coleman, Shann Schillinger and Thomas DeCoud.
On the bubble: Brian Williams and Chevis Jackson.
Long shots: Rafael Bush, Dominique Daniels and Eric Brock.
Locks: Matt Bryant, Michael Koenen and Joe Zelenka.