Martrez Milner, a graduate of West Hall High School and former standout at the University of Georgia, has been waived by the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced Tuesday.
Milner, a tight end, was originally selected as a fourth round (133rd pick overall) draft choice by the Falcons in 2007. He saw action in eight games last season, and caught nine passes for 50 yards before being place on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
Before being sidelined again by multiple leg injuries late in training camp, Milner was battling for a starting job with current starter Ben Hartsock entering the 2008 season.
Milner returned recently from the injuries, but was inactive for the team’s first two games this year.
Recently signed Justin Peelle, a six-year veteran who played under Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey in Miami, has claimed the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Hartsock. The pair has combined for two catches for 30 yards this season.
Mularkey’s schemes have historically not featured the tight end as a receiver, a fact that didn’t favor Milner, whose greatest asset is considered to be his athleticism in the passing game.
The Falcons return to the Georgia Dome to play host the Kansas City Chiefs in a Week 3 meeting on Sunday. Game time is set for 1 p.m.