Renfree's odd season

Dec. 29, 2013 @ 08:05 PM

Former Duke quarterback Sean Renfree finished a football season Sunday when he didn’t play a snap of action.

It’s not the first time. Renfree redshirted in 2008 at Duke before starting in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

This season, as an NFL rookie with Atlanta, Renfree was injured in an August preseason game and was placed on injured reserve. That not only meant he couldn’t play in games for the Falcons, but he was also prohibited by NFL rules from practicing or participating in unfettered workouts.

“The only thing you can do is go to meetings,” Renfree said Sunday after Carolina beat the Falcons 21-20 in the season-finale at the Georgia Dome. “When you are on IR, everything is moderated.”

Renfree, a celebrated scholar-athlete during his Duke career, said he enjoyed the meetings and learning from Atlanta starting quarterback Matt Ryan.

“It’s been a good learning season for me,” Renfree said. “I got to go to all the meetings. Go to games. I am fortunate to be around Matt, who has been great to learn from. So it’s been great like that.”

Renfree will find out Monday what his immediate NFL fate is. With Atlanta’s season over, the Falcons will hold exit meetings with players.

Atlanta could have reached an injury settlement and released Renfree when he injured his shoulder last August. The fact that they didn’t mean they saw something they liked.

“We like Sean a lot in terms of his skill set,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said in September. “We feel very good about what Sean did for us in the preseason.”

Renfree completed 13 of 25 passes for 84 yards in his preseason games.

NFL rules prohibited Renfree from talking about his injury on Sunday since the regular season technically wasn’t over.