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Atlanta needs Dominique Franks and Christopher Owens to step up at cornerback.
Starter Brent Grimes, an alternate Pro Bowl pick in 2010, had minor surgery Thursday on his right knee that will sideline him for two to four weeks. Franks and Owens say not to worry, they're ready to handle a bigger role in his absence.
The Falcons (7-4) have yet to decide if they will start Franks or Owens on the left side Sunday at Houston (8-3), but either way, both players will take plenty of snaps.
Atlanta uses a nickel scheme about 55 percent of the time, so a lot will be asked of Franks, a 2010 fifth-round draft pick with no career starts, and Owens, a third-year Atlanta veteran with 10 career starts.
''It's too bad that I had to get this opportunity because of some injuries,'' Franks said Thursday. ''We're having to sit Grimey out and (Kelvin) Hayden out, but it really helps to be learning from those guys each week and preparing myself like I'm going to...
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Will Svitek will remain the starter at left tackle although Sam Baker has returned from a back injury.
FLOWERY BRANCH – Will Svitek will remain as the Falcons starter at left tackle. Coach Mike Smith made the depth chart change official Wednesday.
Svitek took over at left tackle when Sam Baker, who started the first six games, missed four games with a back injury. Baker was activated...
Matt Ryan is enjoying a strong recovery from his disappointing slow start to the season.
Ryan, the Falcons' fourth-year quarterback who was coming off his first Pro Bowl season, appeared to be having a career setback when he threw six interceptions in Atlanta's disappointing 2-3 start.
Since then, the Falcons have won five of six as Ryan has been on a roll. He has nine...
Falcons quarterback John Parker Wilson was signed to the active roster today after the Minnesota Vikings tried to snatch him off the practice squad. Curtis Compton/CCompton@ajc.com
FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons released defensive tackle Carlton Powell and added quarterback John Parker Wilson to the active roster on Friday.
The Vikings, who released Donovan McNabb yesterday, tried...
John Abraham believes the Falcons need more sacks to help the pass defense. Here, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) sits on the field after being sacked by Falcons defensive end John Abraham in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago. AP
FLOWERY BRANCH – After shutting down Minnesota, the Falcons’ defense moved into the top 10 for the first time this late in the...
Wait. What? Okay, I’m simply trying to play catchup here, but apparently, according to Jocks & Stiletto Jill, Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards and his girlfriend, LaStarya, recently participated in a photo shoot for some magazine and liked one of the photos from the spread so much — I am assuming it was an [...]
Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner and rookie wide receiver Julio Jones missed practice again with injuries.
As the Falcons try to stay in the chase for a playoff berth with a trip to face the Texans in Houston, the Falcons may not have two of their top offensive weapons. Receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) and running back Michael Turner (groin) have missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Jones has been dealing with…
Falcons running back Michael Turner and rookie wide receiver Julio Jones returned to practice Friday and took part in a limited portion of the team's session.
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This week the Houston Texans will face their toughest opponent yet this season. Not that the Atlanta Falcons are the best team that the Texans have had to play this year, just that the Texans are entering new territory behind the leadership of rookie QB T.J. Yates. The Texans have played beaten up and battered for most of the 2011 season but this game will prove to be a monumental...
Series tied, 1-1
COACHES VS. OPP.
W 24-14 vs. Vikings
W 20-13 at Jaguars
9/30/07: Texans 16 at Falcons 26. Atlanta QB Joey Harrington completes 23 of 29 passes & 2 TDs with 121.7 passer rating. Falcons’ K Morten Andersen adds 4 FGs.
LAST GAME AT SITE
11/30/03: Texans 17, Falcons...