UPDATE: 6:35 p.m.
With center Todd McClure out for the season-opener, the Falcons signed Brett Romberg to likely serve as the backup to second-year center Joe Hawley on Tuesday.
In order to cut the roster down to the league-mandated 80, the Falcons waived wide receiver Doug Beaumont, cornerback Kirk Belgrave, running back Philip Sylvester, linebacker LaMarcus Thompson and linebacker Youri Yenga. The team reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Tim Buckley.
Romberg, a 6-foot-2, 293-pounder, played 10 games with the Falcons in 2009. Overall, Romberg has played in 46 NFL games and made 19 career starts.
Buckley, who was originally signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on April 26, 2010 from Alcorn State. He spent the entire 2010 season on the Falcons practice squad. His injury was not disclosed.
The Falcons must cut the roster down to 53 players by September 3 and may establish an eight-player practice squad on September 4.
The Falcons have to cut their roster down to 80 by 4 p.m. today.
They have released running back Philip Sylvester and linebacker LaMarcus Thompson, according to their agent.
Also, not at practice today were wide receiver Doug Beaumont, wide receiver Tim Buckley and linebacker Youri Yenga.
Sylvester, a speedy back from Florida A&M, is a candidate to return on the practice squad if he does not land on another team’s active roster. In addition to the Falcons, the Dolphins and the Titans wanted to sign him as a free agent.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog