Falcons sign Condo

From Mirror, wire reports

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Former Oakland Raiders long snapper Jon Condo, a Philipsburg-Osceola graduate, was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old played 11 years for the Raiders, making two Pro Bowls as a special teams player before he was let go after the 2017 season.

Condo was signed because long snapper Josh Harris became the eighth Atlanta player to land on injured reserve this year. The team announced Tuesday that Harris is done for the year because of a hip injury.

Condo, who played collegiately at Maryland, was in camp with both Dallas and New England before establishing himself in Oakland in 2006.

Atlanta (4-8) is mired in a four-game losing streak and essentially eliminated from the playoff race.

Elsewhere:

n The NFL has placed official Roy Ellison on administrative leave while it investigates an accusation that he called Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes a vulgar name during Buffalo’s game at Miami on Sunday. The league confirmed Ellison’s status and the investigation Tuesday but provided no other details. Hughes confronted Ellison in the tunnel near the locker room following Buffalo’s 21-17 loss, and video of the incident shows him accusing the umpire of using a derogatory term. Hughes waved his index finger and shouted “I’ll catch you. I’ll catch you, guaranteed,” before being pulled away by team officials. Hughes afterward declined to elaborate. Ellison was suspended in 2013 for making a derogatory statement to Washington tackle Trent Williams during a game.

n The possibility of bringing in Colin Kaepernick for a tryout was “discussed” by the quarterback-needy Washington Redskins, according to coach Jay Gruden, who said Tuesday the team made a “strictly football” decision to look elsewhere.

“Isn’t it obvious what the real reason is?” Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, wrote in an email to The Associated Press.

Kaepernick, who led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance, hasn’t played since the 2016 season, when he began kneeling during the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality and social and racial injustice. He filed a grievance against the NFL last year, saying team owners colluded to keep him off rosters.

Gruden told reporters during a conference call that there would have been “a greater possibility” of considering Kaepernick for a roster spot if the Redskins were in need of a QB in Week 1 rather than at this stage of the season.

n The Buffalo Bills cut Kelvin Benjamin with four weeks left in the season in an indication of how poorly the receiver underperformed during his 13 months with the team.

The move, announced by the Bills on Tuesday, came as a surprise only in its timing for a player who was not expected to be re-signed by the team once his contract expired following this season.

Benjamin had just 23 catches on 62 targets for 354 yards and one touchdown, and was knocked for several drops as well as running poor routes this season.

n The Denver Broncos, who are making a playoff push at 6-6, have signed veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor to add depth to their defensive backfield with star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. out with chip fracture in his lower right leg.

Taylor is a six-year pro from Boise State who has appeared in 74 career games and made 41 career starts with the Arizona Cardinals (2018), Cleveland Browns (2016-17) and Miami Dolphins (2013-15).

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