Aug 22, 2020; Flowery Branch, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons safety Ricardo Allen (left) defends against cornerback Darqueze Dennard (right) during a defensive drill at training camp at the Falcons training facility. Mandatory Credit: Curtis Compton/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

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Falcons put starting CB Dennard (hamstring) on IR

The Atlanta Falcons put starting cornerback Darqueze Dennard on injured reserve Tuesday with an ailing hamstring.

He left Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears after a monster game, including an interception in the end zone, two passes defensed and six tackles. Dennard graded out as the Falcons’ best defender in the game, earning an 82.7 score from Pro Football Focus.

He had been starting in place of A.J. Terrell, currently on the COVID-19 reserve list. Kendall Sheffield has yet to play with a foot injury.

Dennard, 28, will have to miss at least three games before he can return.

Dennard was selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2014 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Falcons signed him to a one-year contract in August.

He has four career interceptions and 25 passes defensed in 80 games (26 starts).

Dennard intercepted Bears quarterback Nick Foles in the end zone with 6:29 remaining in the third quarter with the Falcons up 16 points. The play was originally ruled a touchdown to Allen Robinson but was reversed to an INT. Chicago rallied to win 30-26.

–Field Level Media

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