Posted August 18, 2012 on AP on Fox
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Akeem Dent has returned to practice after sustaining a concussion, and the team hopes he'll be fully cleared by Sunday. Dent was injured in the Falcons' first preseason game against Baltimore. He missed the next contest and had not practiced until Saturday, when he took part in the non-contact drills. Coach Mike Smith says Dent must clear one more step in the concussion protocol before he is allowed to take part fully in practice. Dent is expected to take over as the starting middle linebacker in place of Curtis Lofton, who signed with New Orleans. Also Saturday, cornerback Darrin Walls couldn't finish practice with what appeared to be a minor quadriceps injury. Receiver Kevin Cone took a big hit late in the day but seemed OK.

Falcons' Julio Jones looking to shine in Year 2

Julio Jones is still drawing double-takes over his new hairstyle. Gone are his trademark dreadlocks, cut off and donated to charity. Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith says he didn't even recognize the receiver the first time he saw him with his shorter locks this summer. Of course, the Falcons are more concerned about what Jones does with a helmet on his head. From all indications...

Atlanta Falcons Michael Turner looking old and slow

I have written several articles in the past few weeks regarding running backs in the realm of fantasy football. I am not particularly high on Adrian Peterson this season and I think the term ‘buyer beware” comes into play if you select Chargers RB Ryan Mathews this year. I think it’s wise to issue the same warning for Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner. Turner’s fantasy value...

Takeaways from the Falcons Second Pre-Season Game

The Atlanta Falcons have played two pre-season games so far and have come away with two losses. Does that bother me? Not in the least. The exhibition season isn't about records it's about deciding the future of your team and this team is headed in the right direction. > JPW The offense of the Falcons looks good so far. Unlike the first pre-season game, it took a...

Falcons Links: Calvin Cut, Second String QB Up for Grabs

Dominique Davis in Hunt for #2 QB Gig “Whoever the best backup guy is, whether if he’s a 10-year vet or a rookie, is going to be our backup quarterback,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said after practice on Saturday. “I think you have to go out there and let the play on the field [decide]. … It’s a matter of who plays the best.” Redman and Wilson have not played well...

Falcons Preseason: Five observations from loss to Bengals

Halfway through the preseason the Falcons are 0-2, but what does that really tell us? While the first-team offense has played very well and the first-team defense has played well enough, the Falcons have lost games because of poor play by their Nos. 2 and 3 quarterbacks, penalties (some of which are a direct result of bad calls by outmatched replacement officials) and by their second...

Atlanta Falcons: Biggest Home Game of the Year

The Atlanta Falcons have several intriguing home games this year but none more exciting than their Week 13 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Since quarterback Matt Ryan entered the league and became the starter in 2008, the Falcons have gone a combined 2-6 against their division rivals, with three of those losses happening in Atlanta. This may not seem like a huge deal, but...

NFL Preseason: Falcons fall to Bengals 24-19 even as Matt Ryan continues to show dominance.

ATLANTA-Even in defeat the Falcons first team offense continues to look nice in pre-season action. QB Matt Ryan continued to hit a variety of targets including his apparent main man Julio Jones. Ryan went 18-of-21 for 174 yards and a touchdown as he took the Falcons to a halftime lead of 13-10. Please click the link below to read this feature.

Atlanta Falcons vs Cincinnati Bengals, Fantasy Football Analysis

  Falcons QB Matt Ryan had one of the most impressive performances of the NFL preseason Thursday Night. We all know that the NFL preseason doesn’t really matter. At least the final score at the end of the game doesn’t but for fantasy football owners there are plenty of things that can be taken away from these otherwise meaningless contents. Now it is important to remember not...

2012 Atlanta Falcons: Best and Worst-Case Scenario

The Falcons have become a NFL-version of the movie Groundhog Day over the past three seasons. Just as Phil (yes, like the groundhog Phil) spends day after disappointing day reliving Groundhog Days that end so terribly wrong, the Falcons find themselves reliving the same disappointing ending to a promising season every year during Matt Ryan’s tenure. The Falcons’ duo of general...

When Will QB Call Be Made?

Coach Joe Philbin had hoped to have his starting quarterback decision firmed up by the third preseason game. But five days before the Dolphins are set to face the Atlanta Falcons, he's not so sure his timetable will be met.
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