Sep 13, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24) covers Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Falcons place CB Terrell on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Atlanta Falcons placed starting cornerback A.J. Terrell on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

The 2020 first-round draft pick will miss Sunday’s home game against the Chicago Bears. He will become the first NFL player to miss a game this season due to the coronavirus.

Terrell’s positive test was taken Friday morning and he practiced with the Falcons that day, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“Now immediate contact tracing goes into effect, per league protocols, but the Falcons have not gotten any other positive test results,” Schefter posted on Twitter.

Terrell, who turned 22 on Tuesday, was the 16th overall pick in the draft out of Clemson. He started the first two games for Atlanta (0-2) and registered 11 tackles and one quarterback hit.

It’s another blow to a Falcons secondary that is already missing cornerback Kendall Sheffield (foot) and safety Ricardo Allen (elbow), who were both ruled out Friday.

Atlanta elevated cornerbacks Tyler Hall and Delrick Abrams from the practice squad and also promoted linebacker Edmond Robinson as a COVID-19 replacement for Sunday’s game with the Bears (2-0).

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