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Falcons release Elam, sign Bryant

Updated: December 1, 2009, 8:07 PM ET
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ATLANTA -- Jason Elam figured he was down to his last miss.

He was right.

The Atlanta Falcons released the 17-year veteran on Tuesday, having finally run out of patience with a kicker who had been one of the NFL's most accurate but struggled through a mystifying slump this season.

Elam was just 8-of-15 on field-goal attempts from at least 30 yards, a success rate that was simply unacceptable -- especially for a team contending in the NFC playoff race.

"To be honest with ...

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