The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with safety Chris Hope, who has started 109 games in 10 seasons with Pittsburgh and Tennessee. The 31-year-old Hope will provide experience behind starters William Moore and Thomas DeCoud.|||||||
Hope was a third-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2002. He signed with the Titans as an unrestricted free agent in 2006. Hope was a 2008 Pro Bowl selection after leading Tennessee with four interceptions. In 2011, Hope made two starts and played in 10 games. He had 33 tackles with one interception.
Hope has returned to practice for the first time since breaking his left forearm Oct. 2. Returning to the starting spot the veteran's held since being signed as a free agent in 2006 may take a little longer.|||||||
Coach Mike Munchak said Wednesday that they must see how Hope responds to practicing over the next few days. That will determine how much Hope is able to play Sunday when the Titans (4-4) visit Carolina (2-6), and Munchak says he expects the veteran to rotate with Jordan Babineaux. Munchak said he will talk with defensive coordinator Jerry Gray on Friday to get a feel for how ready Hope could be to face the Panthers.
Hope broke his arm in the first quarter of Sunday's 31-13 win over Cleveland.|||||||
Coach Mike Munchak did not know if Hope will need surgery.
Hope is playing after sitting out two games.|||||||
Hope dislocated his shoulder in the opener at Jacksonville.
Hope is out for the season after tests confirmed a spinal cord injury will require rest and possibly surgery but is not expected to be career-ending.|||||||
Hope has not played since he was injured Nov. 25, when his left arm and leg were twitching as he lay on the field after a helmet-to-helmet collision with teammate Sean Conover in the first quarter of a game at Cincinnati. Hope signed with the Titans in 2006 as an unrestricted free agent and has emerged as one of the leaders of Tennessee's defense. He had a team-high five interceptions in 2006 and picked off two passes this season along with 60 tackles.