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NFL: Nissley waived by Falcons after suffering ACL injury
South grad hurt in preseason opener
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Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, left, looks on as Adam Nissley, center, participates in a blocking drill with Lamark Brown during Atlanta Falcons training camp in Flowery Branch. - photo by Jared Putnam

Adam Nissley’s hopes of making the Atlanta Falcons’ 53-man roster ended as soon as he touched the ball in the preseason opener.

Nissley, a 6-foot-6, 267 pound tight end out of South Forsyth High School, was waived by the Falcons over the weekend after suffering an ACL injury against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday in Atlanta.

Nissley hauled in a 16-yard reception during the game but came up limping after the play and did not return to the field.

Falcons’ rookie fullback Bradie Ewing, a fifth-round pick out of Wisconsin, was also lost for the season after tearing his ACL earlier in the game.

Prior to his injury, Nissley was trying to do what perhaps no graduate of a Forsyth County high school ever has — make an NFL club’s 53-man roster.

Of several current and former school system officials contacted by the Forsyth County News, none were aware of a local graduate ever making the final cut for an NFL team.

Nissley graduated from South Forsyth in 2007 and went on to play for the Knights at Central Florida, where he was a two-time All-Conference USA honorable mention selection.

In 51 games, he made 38 receptions for 465 yards and two touchdowns and helped the team set a school record for wins (11) in 2010.

Nissley could not be reached for comment.