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Adrian Clayborn | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 280
College: Iowa
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (20) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn suffered a torn biceps in Saturday's Divisional Round win over the Seahawks and is out for the season.
It's a tough break for Clayborn, who also missed time with a torn meniscus earlier this year. With Clayborn sidelined, look for Dwight Freeney to fill in opposite Brooks Reed at defensive end in next week's NFC Championship Game. Clayborn finished second on the team in sacks (4.5) during the regular season, albeit a distant second behind teammate and league leader Vic Beasley's 15.5. Jan 15 - 3:53 PM

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Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn suffered a biceps injury in Saturday's Divisional game against the Seahawks, and will not return.

Clayborn was injured in the opening moments of the game. The rule out suggests he's doubtful for a potential NFC Championship Game appearance. Clayborn had 4.5 sacks this season.
Jan 14 - 6:12 PM

Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn (knee) returned to practice on Tuesday.

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure said Clayborn was present for part of practice but didn't go at full speed. Clayborn is making progress but remains a long shot to play Saturday at Carolina. He's three weeks removed from suffering a torn meniscus.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 06:32:00 PM

Falcons declared RE Adrian Clayborn, RB Terron Ward, S Sharrod Neasman, CB Ayodeji Olatoye CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, C Trevior Robinson and OL Wes Schweitzer inactive for Week 13 against the Chiefs.

Clayborn will be up against it to return during the regular season.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 11:38:00 AM's Ian Rapoport reports Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn's partially torn meniscus requires surgery, and he will be sidelined 3-5 weeks.

That could obviously be the rest of the regular season, though coach Dan Quinn insists he will return. By not placing Clayborn on injured reserve, the Falcons will be holding out hope for a playoff berth and on-schedule recovery. Leading the AFC South at 7-4, the Falcons are in a good spot, but Clayborn and Desmond Trufan's injuries are big blows.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 03:46:00 PM

Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn tore his MCL and partially tore his meniscus in Sunday's Week 12 win over the Cardinals.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, surgery is "likely," and Clayborn is expected to miss "at least" a month. Realistically, the Falcons should just be hoping Clayborn returns for the playoffs. Clayborn has been an impact inside-outside defender for Atlanta this year, shining as both a run stopper and pass rusher.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 05:15:00 PM

Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn suffered a knee injury in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Clayborn was limited to 29-of-66 snaps. He underwent a Monday MRI, the results of which coach Dan Quinn did not disclose at his presser. Clayborn's 4.5 sacks are second on the Falcons to Vic Beasley's 9.5.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 02:49:00 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said DL Adrian Clayborn will play primarily at defensive end this season.

Clayborn found success as an interior rusher last year, but the Falcons want to "feature" him outside moving forward. "He’s played a bunch of end for us, and he’s played a little bit of tackle for us as well," Quinn said. "I’m putting him back out on the defensive end to let him do his thing." The Falcons are desperate for a pass rush after recording a league-worst 19 sacks last season. Clayborn has 16 sacks in 52 career games, but he did manage 7.5 playing exclusively at defensive end as a rookie in 2011.
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 09:45:00 AM

Falcons re-signed DL Adrian Clayborn to a two-year, $9 million contract.

He can earn up to $14 million with incentives. Clayborn chose to stay in Atlanta amid interest from the Cowboys and Giants. He was an above-average interior pass rusher last year, earning PFF's No. 37 grade among defensive tackles. Clayborn also played all 16 games after missing most of 2014 with a torn biceps.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 09:49:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Giants, Jaguars, Cowboys and Dolphins are all "lurking" on free agent DL Adrian Clayborn.

Clayborn has already been connected to the Giants and Cowboys. Clayborn missed nearly all of 2014 with a torn biceps, but rehabbed his value last season by generating consistent pressure on 536 snaps, primarily along the interior.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 03:40:00 PM

The Giants are expected to pursue free agent DL Adrian Clayborn.

They're expected to have competition from division-rival Dallas. Injury plagued early in his career, Clayborn got things back on track as one of Atlanta's best defensive players last season. He'll enter his age-28 campaign in 2016.
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 06:28:00 PM

Bryan Broaddus of expects the team to pursue free agent DL Adrian Clayborn.

A defensive end for most of his football-playing career, Clayborn rehabbed his stock on a one-year, "prove-it" deal with Atlanta last season, flourishing mostly as an interior rusher in sub-packages. He played 50.4 percent of the Falcons' defensive snaps, finishing with three sacks and 15 quarterback hits.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 02:25:00 PM

Falcons agreed to terms with DE Adrian Clayborn, formerly of the Bucs, on a one-year deal worth up to $4.5 million.

Clayborn was limited to just one game by a torn biceps last season, but notched 5.5 sacks in 955 snaps the year before. Injuries limited him to 36 of a possible 64 games in Tampa. Clayborn is by no means a dominating presence, but was one of the best edge rushers remaining. Few teams are less stocked at pass rusher than Atlanta.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 02:44:00 PM

Free agent DE Adrian Clayborn will visit the Falcons on Wednesday.

The Falcons are finally trying to address their immense need for pass rushers. In addition to Clayborn, the team is interested in free agents Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo. Injury-plagued Clayborn should come cheap.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 10:37:00 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler hears the Cowboys, Falcons, Seahawks, Vikings, and Giants have all shown preliminary interest in free agent DE Adrian Clayborn.

Clayborn missed almost all of 2014 with a torn biceps tendon, but doesn't turn 27 until July and could at very least help a team as a rotational end. A medical concern, Clayborn also missed most of 2012 with an ACL tear.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 03:57:00 PM

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