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Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is having a tough time keeping his starting middle linebacker healthy.
After losing Curtis Lofton to free agency in the spring, the Falcons signed Lofa Tatupu to replace him, but a torn pectoral muscle ended his season before the start of training camp.
Now Atlanta must temporarily replace second-year linebacker Akeem Dent, who sustained a concussion in the 31-17 loss to Baltimore and will miss next week's exhibition against Cincinnati.
With 14th-year veteran Mike Peterson taking Dent's spot Saturday in practice, Smith didn't seem concerned about the situation at middle linebacker, but the specter of injuries is one that haunts every NFL team.
Smith has made it a stated goal in camp and preseason games that the Falcons will do everything in their control to avoid injuries.
''You have to get your guys prepared, and it's a fine line,'' Smith said. ''You're always walking that fine line, in terms of the r...
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After the worst season of his four-year career with the Atlanta Falcons, Sam Baker wants to prove he's still a legitimate starting left tackle.
Baker, drafted 21st overall in 2008, knows he might not get another chance in Atlanta.
He has had back surgery three times since his rookie year and twice since last October. His five-year contract expires in February.
Julio Jones had a monster night for the Falcons against the Ravens in their first preseason game. As you can see from this video, he’s all about the Falcon’s future and it’s past.
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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan spent the offseason going full beast-mode in the gym to to gain strength to turn his downfield passes into near-deadly lasers. Reports are Ryan has five to seven pounds of muscle, a weight gain so great it was likely aided with Weight Gain 4000 (BEEEFCAKE). Other than the likely barrage of obnoxious Facebook posts about how many chin-ups Ryan...
Quarterback Matt Ryan showed off his team's wide receiver talent in their brief time on the field during Atlanta's first exhibition game. Ryan hit Julio Jones six times for 109 yards and Roddy White three times for 46 yards.Fantasy Spin:The Falcons have thrown the ball in increasing numbers in each of Ryan's first three seasons from 570 to 577 to 594. In 2012, the Falcons...
Which Atlanta receiver are you taking?
One team, two great wide receivers. Which one are you drafting?
The Atlanta Falcons are in a great position offensively. Matt Ryan has two receivers that are top 10 talent, easily. At WR1 is the veteran and staple of the offense, Roddy White. Opposite him is the physical freak that is Julio Jones. Jones could arguably be the WR1 on at least...
The opening snaps of the NFL preseason has come and gone and the main headlines of Peyton Manning looking sharp, Ryan Matthews and Michael Vick injuries have already been discussed in articles and blogs around the nation. That being said none of those storylines are what caught my eye on the first night of the preseason.
The Matt Ryan to Julio Jones connections did however...
Meet your new NFL replacement referees for the 2012 season. There have been many mess ups so far this preseason, but one ref stands out. The same guy that messed up the coin flip in the first NFL preseason game of the season called the Atlanta Falcons, Arizona multiple times in last nights game. You can check him stuttering in the video below before correcting himself and looking...
The Falcons announced that rookie fullback Bradie Ewing is out for the season with a knee injury. Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that Ewing suffered a torn ACL. Ewing suffered the injury during last night’s preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Ewing went down during the first quarter while working on special teams. His injury occurred as he was blocking for Dominique...
All the talk at the wide receiver position during this offseason has revolved around the comebacks being made by Randy Moss, Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens. While those are nice storylines, the wide receiver most people will be talking about as the season progresses will probably be the Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones. We know that preseason games don’t matter, but an impressive showing...
The Atlanta Falcons lost rookie fullback Bradie Ewing to a torn anterior cruciate ligament and placed him on injured reserve.
They signed veteran fullback Lousaka Polite to replace him.
Atlanta Falcons' rookie fullback Bradie Ewing is out for the season after sustaining a knee injury during the team's exhibition game against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. NFL.com reported that Falcons coach Mike Smith made the announcement Friday. Ewing will be placed on injured reserve on Saturday. Ewing was injured on a special teams play during the first half.