Originally created 10/17/01

Falcons waive 11-year veteran Marty Carter

ATLANTA -- Marty Carter, who started 31 games for the Atlanta Falcons at strong safety, was waived Tuesday after the team's second straight loss.

Gerald McBurrows will take Carter's spot in the lineup. The opening on the 53-man roster was filled by rookie safety Corey Hall, who was on the practice squad.

Meanwhile, Falcons running back Jamal Anderson underwent reconstructive surgery Tuesday to repair the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.

Anderson suffered the injury on the opening drive at Arizona Sept. 30.

Carter, 31, played mostly on first and second downs, ranking third on the team with 32 tackles. He usually came off the field in passing situations.

Originally drafted in the eighth round by Tampa Bay in 1991, Carter started four years with the Buccaneers and four years with the Chicago Bears.

He signed with the Falcons as a free agent in 1999, playing 10 games that year. He was leading the team with 109 tackles when a sprained knee ligament ended his season.

Carter returned to start all 16 games a year ago, leading the team with 131 tackles. He started the first five games this season, but the Falcons decided to make a change after allowing 68 points the last two weeks.

Carter has eight 100-tackle seasons, including a streak of seven in a row heading into this season.

Hall was a seventh-round pick from Appalachian State this year. He was waived on the final round of cuts, then signed to the practice squad.


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