Falcons LB Overstreet has surgery, LB Newman set for return

Updated: October 3, 2003, 5:47 PM ET

ATLANTA - Just before the return of one linebacker, the Atlanta Falcons have lost another for the year.

Outside linebacker Will Overstreet underwent season-ending surgery to his left shoulder Thursday and is expected to be placed on injured reserve to make way for Keith Newman.

The Falcons must make a roster move by 4 p.m. EDT on Saturday to activate Newman, who was suspended four games by the NFL on August 30 after violating its policy on anabolic steroid and related substances, to their 53-man squad.

Overstreet, a 2002 third-round draft pick from Tennessee, tore cartilage in his left knee before Atlanta's 27-13 season-opening triumph at Dallas. He originally tore the labrum in his left shoulder and underwent surgery on it during his rookie campaign.

The Falcons, who have been playing without superstar quarterback Michael Vick all season, will be without starting strong safety Cory Hall for at least two more weeks after he underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee Thursday.

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