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Training camp starts today! That means football is right around the corner. Here are some links for you to consume on the first day of camp....
Toone, Joseph signed; Faulcon released
In addtion to releasing linebacker Lofa Tatupu, the Falcons signed wide receiver Tim Toone, defensive tackle Elisha Joseph, placed defensive tackle Corey Peters (foot injury) on the active, non-football injury list and waived safety Chad Faulcon on Wednesday.
You know this guy is pumped for training camp
Falcons Need Adjustments After Losing Tatupu
The Falcons will open camp with Dent, Peterson and three undrafted players - Tennessee State's Rico Council, Pittsburgh's Max Gruder and Pat Schiller of Northern Illinois - at middle linebacker. There may be no position on the team that offers a better opportunity for an undrafted player to emerge in camp and earn significant playing time.
Nicholas, held out of minicamp with a toe injury, has been cleared for the start of camp. Nicholas and Sean Weatherspoon are backed up by Robert James and Spencer Atkins at outside linebacker.
Training Camp Battles to Watch
There's just too many players vying for a spot here to list.
The Falcons will turn the center and right guard starting jobs over to some combination of Todd McClure, Peter Konz, Vince Manuwai, Andrew Jackson, Garrett Reynolds and Mike Johnson. (And Joe Hawley. Oops.) Not all of those guys will be guaranteed roster spots and both positions are critically important for the offensive line, so it'll take one hell of a strong camp to come away with one of those.
Michael Turner Bakes Gourmet Cupcakes
Atlanta Falcons' star running back Michael Turner tried his hand at baking cupcakes for a good cause on Tuesday.
The celebrity bake-off of gourmet cupcakes was held at Gimme Some Suga Bakery Bar in Suwanee and supported the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.
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The Atlanta Falcons are making new plans at middle linebacker after losing Lofa Tatupu for the season with a chest muscle injury.
The Falcons reported Wednesday for Thursday's first day of training camp with second-year player Akeem Dent suddenly cast as the favorite to replace Curtis Lofton in the middle of the defense. Dent spent most of his rookie season on special teams...
Atlanta Falcons’ Lofa Tatupu is out for the 2012 NFL season after tearing his pectoral muscle last week (Credit: AP Photo/David Goldman)
The worst case scenario for Atlanta Falcons linebacker Lofa Tatupu has come to fruition.
Falcons coach Mike Smith announced Tuesday that the torn pectoral muscle Lofa Tatupu suffered last week will sideline him for the entirety of the 2012 season...
The Atlanta Falcons' defense took a significant blow on Tuesday when head coach Mike Smith announced that linebacker Lofa Tatupu will miss the entire season witha torn pectoral muscle. "As you know, Lofa suffered a pectoral injury last week," Smith said on the Falcons website. "After testing, it was determined that he would require a procedure to repair the injury...
Former Atlanta Falcons Safety Ray Easterling had a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated concussions, an autopsy report concludes.
The medical examiner's report found that Easterling's brain had signs ''consistent with the findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy,'' a progressive degenerative disease that can be caused by multiple concussions...
With Lofa Tatupu gone and Curtis Lofton signing on with a “proven winner” in the New Orleans Saints (talk about taking a jab at your former team)—ouch, Akeem Dent is the latest Falcon being asked to step into a starting role to prove his worth. …the Falcons viewed Akeem Dent as a legitimate contender to win the starting job at middle linebacker. The Falcons believed he...
The 2012 Atlanta Falcons are entering the season as one of the biggest enigmas in the NFL. In the four seasons since drafting Matt Ryan, the team has gone 11-5, 9-7, 13-3 and 10-6. All of these can be considered successful seasons. For whatever reason, though, the Falcons have had a difficult time converting that regular season success into postseason success. They’ve lost all...
It’s a shame really. Lofa Tatupu was a strong candidate for comeback player of the year. Tatupu signed with the Atlanta Falcons this offseason after being out of football for a year. Tatupu had played six previous seasons in the league, all with the Seattle Seahawks. Tatupu wasn’t able to live up the expectations of the six-year, $42 million contract he signed with the Seahawks...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling had a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated concussions when he shot himself this spring, an autopsy report concludes.
The medical examiner's report found that Easterling's brain had signs "consistent with the findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy," a progressive degenerative...
Former Atlanta Falcons Safety Ray Easterling had a degenerative
brain disease associated with repeated concussions, an autopsy