Atlanta Falcons rookie defensive back Shann Schillinger runs after intercepting Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle in the third quarter. Schillinger is a native of Baker, Mont., and played college football at the University of Montana. (Photo by Jimmy Cribb, Atlantafalcons.com)
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons safety Shann Schillinger suffered a foot injury and will not play against the Miami Dolphins on Friday, according to coach Mike Smith.
Schillinger, a sixth-round draft pick from Montana in 2010, has been one of the teams core special teams players. He’s in a battle to retain his roster spot.
The Falcons have kept four safeties under Smith on their 53-man roster. Behind starters Thomas DeCoud and William Moore, they signed veteran Chris Hope and drafted Charles Mitchell in the sixth-round of the 2012 draft.
Schillinger, who has played in 31 games, finished third on the team with 11 special teams tackles last season.
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