A pair of eastern Montanans survived the National Football League’s final day of cuts Friday, though both did so in unusual fashion.
Shann Schillinger, a Baker, Mont., native was placed on the Atlanta Falcons’ injured-reserve list after injuring his foot against the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 17.
However, because he was put on injured reserve, the Falcons will keep the third-year safety who specializes mostly in special teams play on the 53-man roster.
A new NFL rule allowing teams to bring one “marquee” player off the IR before week eight means Schillinger may still see the field this season.
The 26-year-old former University of Montana standout had 19 tackles in his first two seasons. The Falcons took him in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft. He is in the third year of a four-year contract.
He is married to Ericka (Niece) Schillinger, a former athletic standout from Beach, and is the younger brother of Jace Schillinger, Dickinson State University’s all-time leading rusher.
Left tackle Mike Person switched teams Friday.
The Glendive, Mont., native and Dawson County High School graduate was picked up off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts shortly after being waived by the San Francisco 49ers.
Media reports out of Indianapolis suggest Person, who also plays guard, will be added to the Colts’ 53-man roster. He is listed on the team’s website as a member of the active roster.
Person, a 24-year-old former Montana State star, was on the 49ers’ practice squad after they drafted him in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft. Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sports Net said on his blog that the 49ers had hoped to retain Person as a member of their practice squad.
His father, Jim Person, was formerly the head football coach at Dawson County. He is still the school’s activities director and is a football official.