Falcons place Hester on short-term IR; out until Dec. 6

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have placed wide receiver and return specialist Devin Hester on injured reserve-designated to return with a turf toe injury.

Hester will be able to return at Tampa Bay on Dec. 6.

Hester, who earned his fourth Pro Bowl berth in 2014, has not played this season because of the injury. He set a NFL record with 20 returns for touchdowns with his 62-yard punt against the Buccaneers last season, his first with Atlanta. He also had 38 catches for 504 yards and two touchdowns.

The Falcons also signed safety Charles Godfrey and tight end Tony Moeaki and released tight end Mickey Shuler on Tuesday.

Godfrey played with the Falcons and Carolina last season. Moeaki signed with Atlanta in the offseason, but was cut before the season.



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