Akeem Dent LB HOU 1 Month

Texans acquired ILB Akeem Dent from the Falcons in exchange for QB T.J. Yates.

Dent, 26, started seven games for the Falcons at middle linebacker before being benched after Week 10 and playing just six more defensive snaps over the season's final two months. He was a plus run defender as a 13-game starter in 2012, but he can't cover at all. In Houston, the Texans are looking for a running mate at inside 'backer to pair with Brian Cushing. Brooks Reed may be asked to convert from outside linebacker to the inside, but if the transition doesn't go as smoothly, Dent has starting experience and can play early downs.

Akeem Dent LB HOU 6 Months

Updating a previous item, Falcons LB Akeem Dent won't need offseason ankle surgery.

Dent was initially expected to need a "clean out" procedure. He got a second opinion this week, and it was determined rest and rehab should do the trick. Dent lost his starting job as the Falcons middle linebacker this past season to Paul Worrilow and will contribute as a reserve and on special teams in 2014.

Akeem Dent LB HOU 6 Months

Falcons LB Akeem Dent is expected to undergo an offseason "cleanout" procedure on his ankle.

He's currently getting a second opinion. Dent lost his starting job to undrafted rookie MLB Paul Worrilow in 2013, and finished with 51 tackles after registering 65 as a 13-game starter in 2012. He's likely to return to Atlanta on a cheap $725,000 base salary, but has no value in Dynasty IDP leagues.

Akeem Dent LB HOU 10 Months

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 5.

Being ruled out four days in advance of Monday night's tilt with the Jets is a sign Dent has a high-ankle sprain. The hits just keep on coming for the Falcons, who will likely be forced to go with journeyman Omar Gaither in Dent's absence.

Akeem Dent LB HOU 10 Months

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent (ankle) was held out of Thursday's practice, and spotted in a walking boot.

Akeem Dent LB HOU 10 Months

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent left Sunday night's Week 4 game with an ankle injury.

His return is questionable. Paul Worrilow also exited in the third quarter with a knee injury and will be held out for the rest of the game.

Akeem Dent LB HOU 10 Months2 Comments

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent has lost his starting job.

Dent has struggled in pass coverage this season and will be replaced by undrafted rookie Paul Worrilow. He should still see playing time in sub-packages as a situational run stopper.

Akeem Dent LB HOU Oct 15 '12

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent was promoted to a full-time player in Week 6 against the Raiders.

Dent opened the season as an early-down thumper, or essentially a situational run defender. He was used in the nickel package too against Oakland, and racked up eight tackles while playing every one of Atlanta's 73 defensive snaps. ESPN's Pat Yasinskas suspects Dent was only used as an every-down linebacker because SLB Stephen Nicholas was injured and played strictly special teams.

Akeem Dent LB HOU Aug 19 '12

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent (concussion) has been medically cleared for contact.

He'll resume practicing in team drills immediately and play in Atlanta's third preseason game. Concussed in the exhibition opener, Dent remains on track to start at middle linebacker in Week 1. The fact that Dent will leave the field on virtually every passing down means he's more of an LB3 in IDP leagues.

Akeem Dent LB HOU Aug 09 '12

Falcons MLB Akeem Dent left Thursday's preseason opener with a concussion.

The concussion may be a bit of a relief, as it initially appeared that Dent was forced from the game due to a more serious knee injury. The Falcons' new starter in the middle will have to pass the customary battery of tests to return to the field next week.