"I can't say I'm shocked," said Dickerson, who had confronted head coach Jerry Glanville recently about losing his starting job to third-year veteran Erric Pegram. "They told me I could announce my retirement if I wanted . . . but basically that Jerry wanted to go with younger people."
Quarterback Chris Miller of the Falcons will be sidelined the rest of season after reconstructive surgery on his left knee.
With Miller sidelined for the season, Atlanta (0-5) has only two quarterbacks--Bobby Hebert and Billy Joe Tolliver. Wide receiver Jason Phillips was listed as a third quarterback for last Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
If his banged-up right hand is healed and he can practice today, Jeff George will start at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday against the Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys, a Colt spokesman said. George injured his right hand in a brief relief appearance in Sunday's 35-13 loss at Denver.