Sep 27, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II (12) runs against Atlanta Falcons safety Damontae Kazee (27) during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Falcons place S Kazee on injured reserve

The Atlanta Falcons placed safety Damontae Kazee on injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday.

Kazee sustained a torn left Achilles during the second quarter of the Falcons’ 30-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday. He was in coverage when he fell to the ground in pain with 5:18 left in the half.

The 2017 fifth-round draft pick started all four games for Atlanta this season, registering 20 tackles and one forced fumble.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that the Falcons are set to sign safety J.J. Wilcox with the team thin at the position. Keanu Neal (hamstring) and Ricardo Allen (elbow) are both nursing injuries.

Wilcox, 29, signed with the Falcons as a free agent in 2019, but missed the season with a torn ACL.

He played in 2018 with the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets, making seven tackles in seven games. He spent the first four years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys before playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017.

Wilcox has recorded 233 tackles and six interceptions in 77 career games since being selected by the Cowboys in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Kazee, 27, will be a free agent in March. He intercepted 10 passes during the 2018-19 seasons and has 199 tackles, 13 passes defensed and five forced fumbles in 52 career games (34 starts).

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