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Falcons' Irons amped in return to play

ATLANTA - David Irons was excited to finally be on the field. Maybe a little too excited.

The second-year Atlanta Falcon from Dacula drew a five-yard penalty Sunday for going out of bounds and coming back in while covering the first punt of the game. But he later assisted on a tackle in the 24-20 loss to Denver at the Georgia Dome.

It has been a disappointing season for Irons, who was a standout on special teams as a rookie last year. The tackle was the first that the former Auburn player had been in on this season because he has rarely played.

"It's been frustrating," said Irons, who has been on the inactive list for most games. "After last season, I was hoping for a good year. But I hurt my hamstring in the preseason and haven't got much of a chance."

At least the cornerback is on a NFL roster. His younger brother Kenny, who also played at Auburn, was released by Cincinnati before the season after not fully recovering from a serious knee injury suffering in a 2007 preseason game.

"He's rehabbing the knee and coming along good," David said.

"A lot of teams want him to work out with them in January after the season is over."

The older Irons is also waiting for his time to come. "I just have to stay positive," he said.