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  • Julio Jones says he’s ‘good’ despite injury

    247 Sports "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones says he has no concerns about the injury to his calf that kept him from practicing in full with the team on Wednesday and believes he should be ready to play in their Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints. “I’m..." September 20

  • When players went on strike for better benefits, Eric Dickerson undermined them

    Pro Football Talk "Eric Dickerson is now speaking out for the idea that Hall of Fame players should be paid $300,000 a year in retirement. But when Dickerson was an active player, supporting the retired players was not his concern. In 1987, the NFL players went on strike, and among the key pieces of..." September 20

  • Julio Jones sits out Falcons practice with calf injury

    NFL.com "Atlanta Falcons standout wide receiver Julio Jones didn't practice Wednesday because of a calf injury, the team announced. The severity of the injury isn't known, but Jones played the entire game in Sunday's win over the Carolina Panthers. He caught five passes for 64..." September 19

  • Eric Dickerson: NFL should pay each Hall of Famer $300,000 a year

    Pro Football Talk "When Eric Dickerson released a statement calling for an annual salary for Hall of Famers, he didn’t say what that salary should be. But now he has given a dollar amount of $300,000 annually. “If it was up to me, I think every Hall of Famer would get about..." September 19

  • Falcons G Andy Levitre Done For Year

    Pro Football Rumors "The Falcons have placed Andy Levitre on injured reserve, according to a team announcement. Although league rules allow players to return from IR, this will be a season-ender for the starting left guard.  “After receiving the tests results on Andy’s injury from..." September 18

  • Group of NFL Hall of Famers demands an annual salary and health benefits

    Pro Football Talk "A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers are arguing that every member of the Hall of Fame should be paid an annual salary and given health insurance. In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, and Pro..." September 18

  • Kazee under scrutiny after questionable hit on Newton

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons’ defense had to hold on until the bitter end. The unit, which was trying to replace Pro Bowl defenders Keanu Neal and Deion Jones, suffered another blow when promising young safety Damontae Kazee was ejected for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of..." September 17

  • Dan Quinn says Devonta Freeman is day to day

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons running back Devonta Freeman did not play in Sunday’s victory over the Panthers because of the knee injury he suffered in the season opener and a report over the weekend indicated that he’d be out 2-4 weeks before being ready to return. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn..." September 17

  • Damontae Kazee Ejected For Late Helmet-To-Helmet Hit On Cam Newton

    Deadspin "A 10-yard fourth-down scramble from Cam Newton led to a brutal head-to-head collision and an ejection for Falcons safety Damontae Kazee in the second quarter of today’s Panthers-Falcons game. Newton slid down at the end of his run and took a straight-on helmet-to-helmet hit from the..." September 16

  • Grady Jarrett fined for roughing Nick Foles

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL changed the wording of the roughing the passer rule this year to emphasize penalties for defenders landing with their full body weight on top of quarterbacks. We saw several of those calls in the preseason and many more in the first week of the regular season. The first of..." September 15

  • Devonta Freeman reportedly expected to miss 2-3 weeks due to knee injury

    WDEF "On Friday, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was ruled out of his team’s matchup with the Panthers in Week 2. On Saturday, the news got even worse. Freeman, who is recovering from a knee contusion, is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, Adam..." September 15

  • Falcons’ Sarkisian plans to get Ridley more involved

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Rookie wide receivers Calvin Ridley and D.J. Moore are looking for their first NFL receptions as the Panthers (1-0) are set to play the Falcons (0-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Two picks before the Falcons selected Ridley, the Panthers tabbed Moore, who played at..." September 15

  • Falcons Rule Out RB Devonta Freeman For Week 2

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Atlanta Falcons officially ruled out RB Devonta Freeman (knee), Russell Gage(knee) and G Ben Garland (calf) for Sunday’s matchup against the Panthers. According to Falcons HC Dan Quinn, Freeman does not have any structural damage in his..." September 14

  • Sarkisian standing behind Falcons’ red-zone operation

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is not ready to push the red-zone panic button one week into the 2018 season.  “At the end of the day, it’s ‘stay the course,’ ” Sarkisian said. But in the season-opening 18-12 loss to the..." September 14

  • Alabama had an NFL-high 44 players on Week One rosters

    Pro Football Talk "Alabama has been the top program in college football in recent years, so it’s unsurprising that the Crimson Tide have put more players into the NFL than any other college team. Alabama had 44 players on Week One rosters, the most of any college. After Alabama were a..." September 13

  • Devonta Freeman to be held out of Falcons’ practice

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who was hit late in the Eagles’ game and has a sore knee, will be held out of practice Wednesday, according to coach Dan Quinn “Free is sore and we’ll hold him from practice today,” Quinn said. “He got hit in the..." September 12

  • Falcons place Deion Jones on injured reserve

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons made it through an entire offseason and preseason without a major injury. One week into the season, they’ve now put their second defensive starter on injured reserve. The team announced that linebacker Deion Jonesneeded foot surgery and was headed to..." September 11

  • Falcons Place Keanu Neal On IR

    Pro Football Rumors "The Falcons have placed safety Keanu Neal on injured reserve and signed defensive end Steven Means, the club announced today. Neal suffered a torn ACL in Atlanta’s season openeron Thursday night and will subsequently miss the entire 2018 campaign. The former..." September 10

  • Falcons To Sign LB Corey Nelson

    Pro Football Rumors "With Deion Jones battling a foot injury, the Falcons are bringing in some experience as potential insurance. Corey Nelson worked out for the Falcons on Monday morning, and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets the team saw enough to sign the former Broncos and Eagles..." September 10

  • Falcons sign Keith Tandy

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons continued a busy day of roster moves by adding a veteran safety to their secondary. The team announced that they have signed Keith Tandy to the 53-man roster. Their announcement also included confirmation that they have signed former Broncos linebacker Corey Nelson...." September 10

  • One helmet rule penalty was called through 14 games

    NFL.com "The offseason angst over the revised helmet-to-helmet hitting policy slowed to a sputter as real games began. Through 14 regular season games -- with two Monday night tilts to be played -- referees penalized one player for a use of helmet foul, per league..." September 10

  • Falcons plan to stay in-house to replace Neal at safety

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons plan to stay “in-house” while attempting to replace their enforcer on defense, strong safety Keanu Neal. Neal suffered a torn ACL in his left knee Thursday night and will miss the remainder of the season, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Friday. Neal..." September 09

  • Eagles say ref assessed penalty on them that was actually on Falcons

    Pro Football Talk "The Eagles’ win over the Falcons on Thursday night was a penalty-filled mess, but on one penalty in particular, the Eagles say the officials accidentally called it on them when it was actually on the Falcons. Eagles coach Doug Pederson told ESPN he’s convinced that when..." September 08

  • Where was Calvin Ridley in the loss to the Eagles?

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons first-round pick Calvin Ridley was not a factor in the 18-12 loss to the Eagles on Thursday.  Ridley played 46 of 70 snaps (66 percent). He was targeted on two plays, but didn’t have any catches. Ridley, who was selected in the first round of the..." September 08

  • Falcons RB Devonta Freeman reportedly ‘fine’

    Larry Brown Sports "Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman suffered a knee injury during Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but all indications are it’s not serious. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Freeman is “fine” and it doesn’t..." September 07

  • Weather-delayed Thursday Night Football premiere the lowest-rated season opener since 2008

    Awful Announcing "In what had to be a disappointing night for both NBC and the NFL, the Falcons and Eagles played a fairly ugly game after a lengthy weather delay. That’s not how the league wanted to kick off the regular season, and while it got sort of exciting at the end, the overall recipe was..." September 07

  • Falcons S Keanu Neal Suffers Torn ACL

    Pro Football Rumors "Keanu Neal’s injury during Thursday night’s season-opening game proved to be significant. The Falcons safety is now out for the season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter). The third-year safety left the Falcons’ Week..." September 07

  • Julio Jones is on historic pace of not finding the end zone

    Larry Brown Sports "Julio Jones is arguably the most dominant wide receiver in football, but he has basically been a forgotten man in the red zone over the past two or so years. No matter how you look at the numbers, Jones is entering a class of his own. And not the kind of class he wants to be..." September 07

  • Dan Quinn says Falcons’ ability to score in red zone ‘has to change’

    Clutch Points "Thursday night provided the Atlanta Falcons with a nasty case of déjà vu. After a failure to cash in late in the red zone ended the Falcons’ season against the Philadelphia Eagles in last year’s playoffs, Matt Ryan and Co. came up short yet again in Thursday..." September 07

  • Trump continues crusade against Nike amid ‘Just Do It’ campaign

    New York Post "President Trump on Friday morning took a swipe at Nike, which aired its highly anticipated ad featuring Colin Kaepernick during the NFL season opener the night before. “What was Nike thinking?” the president wondered on Twitter shortly before 7..." September 07

  • Devonta Freeman says he's fine after injury scare

    NFL.com "Atlanta Falcons fans can relax -- it appears Devonta Freeman will be fine. The running back left in the final minutes of the team's 18-12 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday after suffering a knee injury. However, he told NFL..." September 07

  • Falcons promote long snapper from practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons had to make a game-time decision on their long snapper for tonight’s opener. And the decision was to sign another one. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons promoted long snapper Jeff Overbaugh from the practice..." September 06

  • Falcons-Eagles kickoff pushed back due to weather

    NFL.com "We'll have to wait a little bit longer for the start of the 2018 NFL season. The start time of the Atlanta Falcons-Philadelphia Eagles Kickoff Game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia has been pushed back due to inclement weather. The game, originally scheduled to start at..." September 06

  • Will Julio Jones be the NFL's first $200 million man?

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "With the proliferation of spending on contracts over the offseason for the top offensive and defensive players, exactly what will an extension for Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones look like after this season? Will Jones be the first player to crack the $200 million..." September 05

  • NFL projected to make more than $2 billion a year from legalized gambling

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL has long been resistant to the idea of legalized sports wagering — at least when making statements in public. But privately, team owners and league executives must be licking their chops. ESPN’s Darren Rovell on Wednesday shared some of the results of a poll..." September 05

  • Falcons bring Deante Burton back to roster

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons cut their roster to 52 over the weekend, and waited a few days to fill the extra spot. The team announced they signed cornerback Deante Burton, who was part of those cuts Saturday. Burton, a converted wide receiver, spent last year on the practice squad and was..." September 04

  • Julio Jones ready to go after not playing a snap in the preseason

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones said he feels healthier than he has in years. He also didn’t play a snap in the preseason. Those two facts may or may not be connected. According to the Associated Press, Jones said he’s not worried that his August without game reps will..." September 04

  • Falcons to make game-time decision on long snapper Josh Harris

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons injury report on Tuesday featured only one change from their Monday report. Long snapper Josh Harris went from a non-participant to limited participation. Harris is dealing with a hip injury and Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said that the team’s plan is to “take..." September 04

  • Death of his college coach helped motivate Gono to make Falcons’ roster

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Back in early May, shortly after Matt Gono had signed with the Falcons to try and make the improbable climb from Division III to the NFL, he got one of those dreaded late-night phone calls. His college coach, Mike Drass, the man who coaxed him to Wesley over Rowan and helped to make..." September 03

  • Falcons issue first injury report of 2018 season

    Pro Football Talk "With their season kicking off in Philadelphia on Thursday night, the Falcons released their first injury report of the year on Monday. Three members of the team did not take part in practice. Guard Ben Garland is dealing a calf injury, long snapper Josh Harris is nursing a hip issue..." September 03

  • Dimitroff, Quinn note that ‘final’ roster is fluid

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A former fourth-round draft pick was released and two undrafted players made the Falcons’ initial 53-man roster Saturday. The Falcons cut to 52 players, leaving themselves room to add a player.   “The last day-and-a-half is the toughest part of being..." September 02

  • Falcons Release OL Austin Pasztor

    Pro Football Rumors "The Falcons have released veteran offensive tackle Austin Pasztor, the club announced today. Pasztor, 27, was excellent as the Browns’ right tackle in 2016, but he surprisingly hasn’t garnered any interest as a starter since that season. " September 01

  • Report: Patriots Trade Jordan Richards To Falcons

    CBS Boston "It is the end of an era for one of the most disappointing draft picks of the Bill Belichick era. Safety and special teamer Jordan Richards has been traded to the Atlanta Falcons, according to The Boston Globe’s Jim McBride. #Patriots are trading safety Jordan..." August 31

  • Report: NFL anthem talks likely to extend into regular season

    The Score "The 2018 NFL season is a week away, and the league is still trying to resolve issues surrounding its anthem policy. There's been little movement in negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA, and discussions are expected to continue into the season, sources told Mark Maske of the..." August 31

  • Falcons will open roof for Thursday’s exhibition game

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons plan to open the retractable roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Thursday night’s exhibition game against the Miami Dolphins. The roof is scheduled to be opened one hour before the 7 p.m. kickoff, according to a stadium spokeswoman.  Opening the roof..." August 30

  • NFLPA is still opposed to 18-game season

    Pro Football Talk "At a time when the NFL power structure has been wisely coy (if not outright silent) regarding its simmering desire to expand the regular season from 16 games to 18, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has jerked the cat out of the bag (probably not a commonly used expression in the oil and gas..." August 29

  • Falcons name Brandon Fusco the starting right guard

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Brandon Fusco, the team’s major offseason free agency pickup, was named as the Falcons starting right guard  by head coach Dan Quinn on Tuesday. Wes Schweitzer, who started all 18 games last season, will shift to the backup swing guard and backup center, Quinn..." August 28

  • Falcons Sign K Giorgio Tavecchio

    Pro Football Rumors "The Falcons have signed former Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, according to a team announcement. The move gives the Falcons three kickers on their roster for the time being. Tavecchio, 28, was released by the Raiders this year, despite a decent 2017 season in which he made 16 of 21..." August 27

  • Players, NFL reps to discuss anthem policy today

    NFL.com "A group of players and NFL Players Association representatives will meet Monday with a few team owners and NFL representatives to discuss the league's national anthem policy, a source involved with the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The meeting comes amidst the..." August 27

  • Matt Ryan says he’s not concerned with preseason record, feels ‘good’ about where Falcons are at right now

    AtlantaFalcons.com "The Falcons are 0-3 in the preseason to this point and it’s very likely that Matt Ryan’s preseason is over as starting quarterbacks typically don’t play in the final preseason games, especially with the fact Atlanta travels to Philadelphia to kick off the NFL regular season in..." August 26