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The Falcons made a surprising decision to release DE Ray Edwards early last week. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported on Sunday that the decision to release Edwards had to do more to with his reluctance to join a “team gathering” following Week 10′s loss to the Saints, per Mark Sessler of NFL.com.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith reportedly asked the team to gather in the locker room, but Edwards “sat alone along the wall and ignored the request.” Smith asked him to join the rest of the team multiple times, but refused to do so.
With no sacks this season and just 3.5 last year, Edwards hasn’t contributed much to Atlanta and his release likely won’t affect much for the Falcons, who have John Abraham rushing the passer anyway.
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The Atlanta Falcons were so eager to show defensive end Ray Edwards the door last week, they handed him a check for $1 million on his way out.
According to a league source, Edwards collected $1 million in termination pay. It's unclear if the Falcons handed that to him the exact moment they released him just over a week ago or if Edwards got the check a few days later.
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Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Joe Hawley was suspended on Monday for four games for violation of the NFLs policy on performing enhancing substances.
Hawleys suspension is effective immediately. According to a statement by the team, the suspension ends on Monday, Dec. 17, following the Falcons home game with the New York Giants.
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Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon hopes to be cleared to play after practicing on Wednesday for the first time in three weeks.
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Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Joe Hawley has been suspended four games for violating NFL rules against performance-enhancing substances.
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In Week 10, the Atlanta Falcons saw their chances at a perfect season dashed by the rival New Orleans Saints. Following the defeat, Head Coach Mike Smith called a team huddle.
Apparently, defensive end Ray Edwards didn’t get the memo that he was a part of the team, as it reportedly took him three requests and an ordering from his teammates to join the huddle. NFL Network contributor...
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