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Published: Sun, August 28, 2016
Health | By Constance Griffith

Falcons give workout to former Redskins S Dashon Goldson

Falcons give workout to former Redskins S Dashon Goldson

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and confirmed by ESPN's Vaughn McClure, Goldson will have a visit with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.

Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Keanu Neal will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery Monday and will be sidelined three to four weeks, meaning he is expected to miss the September 11 season opener against Tampa Bay.

The fist-round pick left Thursday's preseason game with a knee injury.

But the Falcons don't view Goldson, who has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins, as an immediate replacement for Neal.

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The news could have been worse for Keanu Neal.

He said the team "right now" won't consider re-signing former starter William Moore, who was released after last season. I have to think Robenson Therezie is in, given how much the coaching staff appears to like the second year undrafted free agent, but that still leaves Atlanta needing a fourth safety in case injury strikes yet again. Coach Dan Quinn said he is encouraged Neal avoided a more serious injury that could have kept him out longer.

"Goldson looked good; he moved around well", general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. "We know kind of what he stands for and the toughness, so I'd expect the shorter-term [amount of time being out] with him". Quinn said Ishmael is expected to return to practice in a limited role Sunday.

Pending the Goldson situation, the Falcons have Damian Parms and Sharrod Neaseman as strong safeties on the roster. But his days were basically numbered after the team signed veteran quarterback Matt Schaub in March.

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