FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- After participating in the first two days of practice, Tony Gonzalez departed training camp. The Falcons had said they would grant Gonzalez, who almost retired in the offseason, time in training camp to spend with his family in California, as his son Nikko, 12, is playing football for the first time.
Smith did not say when Gonzalez would return. He said the team is planning for Gonzalez to play only in the final two preseason games. The third preseason game is Aug. 24, setting up the possibility that Gonzalez will be gone for several weeks.
I dont want to get into details, Smith said of Gonzalezs absence. He also said he did not want to continue to update Gonzalezs status.
Perhaps because Gonzalez will have an extended absence, quarterback Matt Ryan took the proactive step prior to training camp to spend time in California with Gonzalez working out. (This also could have been inferred from a photo that Ryans wife Sarah tweeted that included Gonzalezs wife O...