Tag:Atlanta Falcons
Posted on: October 17, 2010 2:00 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2010 5:03 pm

Big collision sends DeSean to locker room

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson and Falcons CB Dunta Robinson left the game after an absolutely scary collision between the two early in the second quarter.

Jackson was trying to corral a pass from Eagles QB Kevin Kolb when Robinson smashed him with one of the harder football hits you’ll ever see. Both immediately went to the ground and remained on the turf for several minutes.

Both eventually walked off the field with assistance from trainers to relieved applause from the Philadelphia crowd.

Jackson - who was diagnosed with a head injury and will not return to the game - had been phenomenal in the first quarter, totaling 78 yards and both of Philadelphia’s touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving).

Robinson was assessed a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the play, though replays showed the hit was not helmet to helmet.  

UPDATE (2:10 p.m.): Robinson also has a head injury, and his return is questionable.  

UPDATE (5:02 p.m.): Eagles coach Andy Reid said Jackson has sustained a concussion.

Video is courtesy of Hayes Permar.

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 2:33 pm

Week 6 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Chiefs at Texans

Houston has a huge injury report (a cool 18 players are on it today), though exactly half of them are listed as questionable. After missing last week’s game, WR Jacoby Jones (calf) practiced Friday on a limited basis, and it’s expected that he’ll play. DE Mario Williams missed Wednesday and Thursday as well, and he’s also listed as questionable with a shoulder.

Kansas City WR Chris Chambers (finger) was added to the list Friday, and he’s questionable to play. S Kendrick Lewis (hamstring), OT Ryan O’Callaghan (groin) and DE Tyson Jackson (knee) also are questionable, though all had full participation in Friday’s practice.

Lions at Giants

Two big question marks in this game. The first is whether Detroit WR Calvin Johnson will play. You’ll recall that Johnson hurt himself late in the Lions blowout last week of the Rams, and coach Jim Schwartz has taken some criticism this week about why Johnson was even in the game at the time.

Johnson practiced Friday and he appears to be getting close to health. He’s a gametime decision, but it seems likely that he’ll play.

The second big question mark is whether starting QB Matthew Stafford will return from his right shoulder injury and play for the first time since Week 1. He’s listed as questionable, but it sounds like Schwartz will continue to use backup Shaun Hill for at least another week.

For the Giants, C Shaun O’Hara (ankle), LB Keith Bulluck (toe) and K Lawrence Tynes (ankle) are questionable. But the Giants signed free agent K Shayne Graham today, so it doesn’t sound like Tynes will play, especially after a fruitless Saturday morning at practice.

Falcons at Eagles

Two of Atlanta’s more important defensive players are questionable for Sunday. DE John Abraham, who has been having a standout year thus far, is 50-50 to play with a back injury. He was limited in practice all week. Meanwhile, rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon didn’t practice all week with a sprained right knee.

LT Jason Peters will be out this week after his left knee sprain. Which is unfortunate for Philadelphia, because, as the 49ers showed last week, Peters’ backup, King Dunlap, is easily overwhelmed. Dunlap looked absolutely terrible, and the Eagles have to hope they can get something out of Peters.

Eagles WR Riley Cooper missed last week’s game after suffering a concussion, but he was cleared to practice last Wednesday. He was limited Wednesday, sat out Thursday and was a full participant Friday. He’s questionable, as is QB Michael Vick. But Kevin Kolb will start at QB, so unless he’s injured, don’t expect to see Vick. 

Seahawks at Bears

The biggest loss for the Bears would be LB Lance Briggs – who’s questionable because of an ankle injury. He didn’t practice all week, and coach Lovie Smith, during his Friday news conference, didn’t sound optimistic that Briggs could play.

LG Roberto Garza is out because of a knee injury, and because of that, Chicago will shift T Chris Williams to his spot. S Major Wright is also out with a hamstring injury.

Seattle G Chester Pitts is listed as questionable, but he won’t play. He’s still recovering from microfracture surgery. Obviously, the Seahawks still think Pitts will help them; otherwise they wouldn’t have kept him on their 53-man roster for this long.

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:41 pm

Hot Routes 10.15.10 (insert TGIF cliché here)

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Mary Garrard told Jaguars offensive coaches that they need to call more plays that allow her husband to use his mobility.

Conveniently, here is another story about an important woman in the life of another mobile AFC South quarterback who, like Garrard, is playing on Monday.

The Falcons are getting exactly what we thought they’d get in Dunta Robinson: a top cover corner who doesn’t make interceptions but improves an entire secondary.

Thanks to the Mark Clayton injury, confident (cocky?) Rams rookie Mardy Gilyard will get a chance to shine.

Deuce Lutui is not as fat as he once was.

The Bills offensive line may actually get worse in the next few weeks. Veteran right tackle Cornell Green is going to miss some time with a knee that has been problematic since late summer. Rookie Cord Howard relieved Green late against Jacksonville last week.

Ron Greene of the Charlotte Observer points out that the Panthers will go a week without a loss…thanks to the bye.

Linebacker Brian Iwuh is prepared to start Sunday for the Bears if Pro Bowler Lance Briggs (sprained ankle) is unable to go.

The Broncos want fans to get in on the fun when the team wears its orange jerseys against the Jets this Sunday. (Yes, those orange jerseys that should probably replace the blue jerseys because, let’s face it, the orange looks 10 times better.)

Mike Ditka has zero sympathy for Jenn Sterger in this whole sordid affair.

Just a formality, but Nick Barnett was placed on I.R. (Also, the Packers brought back DE Mike Montgomery.)

Why can’t more sportswriters have this kind of humility? Props to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times.

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:51 am
Edited on: October 13, 2010 12:17 pm

Vick 'still recovering;' Peters to have surgery

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Vick gives the Philadelphia Eagles the best chance to beat the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, if he's healthy (there's also the whole "redemption" thing with his old team). But it's looking like there's a good chance he won't take the field.

Andy Reid told the media that Vick is "still recovering" and that he's done "no throwing yet," via the Eagles' official Twitter account.

Adam Caplan also reports that it's "doubtful" that Vick plays -- given his practice status at this point in the week, that seems like a safe bet.

The Philly news cycle didn't get any better when Reid alerted the media that Jason Peters, the team's left tackle, would have surgery this week for a torn meniscus and would miss the week.

And to top it off, LeSean McCoy hasn't practiced yet, because he's still sore, although he's expected to play.

All of this news puts a pretty heavy burden on Kevin Kolb, who looked relatively strong (compared to previous outings) against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, as well as an already banged-up and vulnerable to the run (they rank 24th in the league in yards allowed per game) Philadelphia defense.

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 9:37 am

Hot Routes 10.13.10: Beast Mode Bounce Back?

Posted by Will Brinson & Andy Benoit

Got a link for the Hot Routes? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).
  • Even the always sensible John Morgan Field Gulls seems excited by the Marshawn trade -- the hardest part, he writes, is really trying to figure out what the Seahawks have on their hands, exactly.
  • Michael Jenkins is BACK, baby! And he's starting. No, seriously, he is -- Harry Douglas will go back to the slot role. Which, honestly, probably works out better for the Falcons as they can really utilize his speed and let Jenkins, um, do something over on the other side.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 5:06 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix Week 5

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 11:53 am

Seneca Wallace starting over Delhomme for Browns

Posted by Will Brinson

In somewhat shocking news, the Cleveland Browns announced Sunday that Seneca Wallace will start over Jake Delhomme. (And, yes, the level of shock is relative to how interesting you find the quarterback situation in Cleveland.)

Delhomme missed the last three weeks with an ankle injury and was proclaimed the starter earlier this week, although Eric Mangini was fairly weird when he announced the news, saying it wasn't an insult to Seneca to bench him even though he managed to get Cleveland a win, which qualifies somewhere right below "water into wine" on the miracle scale.

What this means is we have an awkward quarterback controversy of the most putrid variety -- it also means that Mike Holmgren has his puppet strings draped all over the place. Wallace is the king of "Holmgren guys" and giving Wallace the nod is a clear indication of who's running the show in Cleveland.

Unless Delhomme's injury is truly hampering him from playing. But in that case, the mid-week decision to proclaim him the starter is an even more embarrassingly unorganized situation.

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Posted on: October 9, 2010 4:58 pm

Week 5 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Rams at Lions

Once again, Lions RB Jahvid Best is listed as questionable, and once again, we expect him to play. His turf toe continues to limit him in practice a bit, but that doesn’t mean Detroit’s most exciting player won’t perform. WR Nate Burleson, who’s missed the past two weeks, is probable to play and should take a little of the attention off Calvin Johnson. TE Tony Scheffler, who suffered a concussion last week, returned to practice Friday and likely will be a gametime decision.

St. Louis DT Clifton Ryan, who’s been out the past three weeks with migraine headache problems, is questionable, and there’s a pretty good chance he could play. Before missing the past three contests, Ryan had played in 49-straight games. The past month has been pretty unusual for Ryan, one of the best run defenders on the squad.

RB Steven Jackson, who was questionable last week with a groin injury but still managed to gain 124 yards of total offense, is probable.

Bears at Panthers

The biggest news out of Chicago this week was that QB Jay Cutler won’t play because of a concussion. Originally, it was thought to be a minor head injury - though honestly, are ANY head injuries minor? - but then in the middle of the week, the team said he was out. Thus, we turn our eyes to backup Todd Collins, who hasn’t played much in the past … well … 13 years. Since 1997, he’s attempted only 166 passes.

While the Bears will miss one of their most important players, Carolina won’t have one of its best as well. WR Steve Smith, who hurt his ankle last week, definitely won’t play. Considering the Panthers also released Dwayne Jarrett this week after he was arrested on a drunken driving charge, the Panthers WR corps will be younger than young.

Buccaneers at Bengals

Cincinnati SS Roy Williams, who’s had a knack for getting injured the past few years, is doubtful to play with a knee injury. Chinedum Ndukwe will replace Williams at the SS spot, and though Ndukwe isn’t great in coverage, the Bengals have to be happy that CB Johnathan Joseph had full participation in practice Friday (he’s listed as probable with a forearm).

WR Jordan Shipley, who took that nasty hit from Cleveland’s T.J. Ward last week that led to a concussion, is out for the game.

Tampa Bay should be fine for this game. The Buccaneers only have five players listed on their injury report (LB Adam Hayward, LB Niko Koutouvides, DE Kyle Moore, WR Maurice Stovall and TE Kellen Winslow), and all of them are probable to play.

Falcons at Browns

Although they’re listed as questionable, Browns RB Peyton Hillis and C Alex Mack are expected to play Sunday. The big question mark is QB Jake Delhomme and whether he can suit up for the first time since the season opener. That likely will be a gametime decision after Delhomme participates in the pregame warmups.

The season so far has been disappointing for Cleveland DT Shaun Rogers, who’s listed as questionable with an ankle. He missed the Week 3 game against Baltimore, and though he played last week, he only registered one tackle (to go with his other two tackles on the season).

Atlanta only lists three on the injury report. LB Sean Weatherspoon and WR Michael Jenkins are questionable to play, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Jenkins sit out once again. Weatherspoon, meanwhile, practiced fully the past two days, so he seems like a decent bet to play.

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