Ex-Ravens Hauschka signed to kick for Falcons

Falcons defensive end # 71 Kroy Biermann got a chance to perform kickoffs with injuries to the Falcons normal specialists. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons defensive end # 71 Kroy Biermann got a chance to perform kickoffs with injuries to the Falcons normal specialists. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com


Kicker Steve Hauschka, who was released earlier this season by Baltimore, was signed by the Falcons on Tuesday.

Also, starting right guard Harvey Dahl (ankle) and left cornerback Chris Houston (hamstring) were placed on injured reserve.

Linebacker Robert James, was elevated to the roster from the practice squad.

Kicker Matt Bryant suffered a hamstring injury against the Bills on Sunday and experienced a death in his family.  He remains on the active roster.

Hauschka played in 17 games for the Ravens and converted 10 or 15 field goals and 27 of 28 extra points.

He was cut by the Ravens after nine games this season and four missed field goals.

Bryant pulled his hamstring in the third quarter on Sunday while punting for Michael Koenen, who’d suffered a concussion making a tackle earlier in the game.

THE BRANCH – The Falcons could be further depleted for the all important season finale in Tampa Bay.

Tight end Tony Gonzalez (calf), kicker Matt Bryant (hamstring), punter Michael Koenen (concussion) and left tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) suffered bad injuries against the Bills.

Gonzalez, Koenen and Baker did not return to action.

Bryant did come back to kick an extra point, but clearly couldn’t fully swing his leg. The Falcons likely will have to find a new kicker to close out the season.

Bryant was signed after a kick-off with Paul Edinger. The Falcons also worked out Brandon Coutu, Steve Hauschka, Sam Swank and Shane Andrus in November.

Also, former Cowboys kicker Nick Folk is now available. He was cut last week after missing 7 of his last 11 field goal attempts. Hauschka and Andrus worked out for the Cowboys along with Connor Hughes and Parker Douglass. Shaun Suisham won the Cowboys kick-off.

Now what if the Falcons get into a close game with the Buccaneers and breaking the back-to-back winning streak comes down to a kick?

FALCONS ON TRACK: Linebacker Michael Peterson believes the Falcons are on track to get the winning season.

“The thing is that we have to go out and finish up 9-7,” Peterson said. “I’m sure that the fans, the organization and the city will be really proud.”

SHUT OUT SLIPPED AWAY: The Falcons were hoping to shut out the Buffalo Bills. Rian Lindell’s field goal with 1:58 left in the third quarter were the only points the defense yielded.

After suffering a calf injury in the 1st half, Falcons tight end # 88 Tony Gonzalez is forced to watch the game from the sidelines. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

After suffering a calf injury in the 1st half, Falcons tight end # 88 Tony Gonzalez is forced to watch the game from the sidelines. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

The Falcons last shut out was against Oakland, 24-0, last season on Nov. 2, 2008.

“I’ll take the three, but we still didn’t let them in the endzone,” Peterson said.

BROHM WAS FUNCTIONAL: Buffalo quarterback Brian Brohm was in a tough spot and didn’t get much help from the Bills running game.

“We kind of treated it like we were getting ready for a rookie quarterback,” safety Thomas DeCoud said. “We just had to go off their scheme and think of how they were going to try to simplify it for a guy who hasn’t taken many snaps.”

It was Brohm’s NFL debut. He was signed off Green Bay’s practice squad on Nov. 19.

“He handled the game for it being his first start,” DeCoud said. “They tried to take it out of his hands with the run game.”

3-1 vs. the AFC EAST: The victory over the Bills gave the Falcons a 3-1 record against the AFC East. They also defeated Miami and the New York Jets while they lost to New England.

OWENS ELATED: Cornerback Christopher Owens got his first career interception against Buffalo.

“It was a little bit overthrown and I made a play on the ball,” Owens said. “I got the first one in the record books. It feels good, really good.”

EXPERIENCE HOLDER: Quarterback Matt Ryan was a holder in college, so he was fine with taking over those duties against the Bills when Michael Koenen went down.

“We’re all football players here and sometimes you have to step into some different roles and do some different things,” Ryan said.

Backup quarterback Chris Redman was set to punt, but his services were not needed.

“We did miss that treat,” Ryan said. “Red would have done a great job. He was telling me on the side line that he was the backup punter in high school.”

150 comments Add your comment


December 28th, 2009
9:24 am

what, no comments yet?


December 28th, 2009
9:29 am

Morton Anderson to the rescue.


December 28th, 2009
9:31 am

PLEASE, let us just get this ugly season over. Don’t overestimate the Bucs. Spoilers they are!


December 28th, 2009
9:33 am

Whoever wrote the article at the beginning of the season about special methods the trainers use to reduce the number of injuries should be slapped around then not allowed to write about the Falcons anymore.


December 28th, 2009
9:34 am

Morten Anderson is toooo old. Let him stay retired.


December 28th, 2009
10:00 am

Morten Anderson for one more game? Why not? *LOL*

Warden Norton

December 28th, 2009
10:16 am

Tom, it’s do not “underestimate” the bucs.


December 28th, 2009
10:22 am

Thanks for the update DOL. Too bad about Bryant. I was elated about the 51 yarder. Actually I cant remember the last time we had a kicker who could kick one that far. That was a fun game, I couldn’t believe the “wave” broke out, don’t think I’ve seen that before in the Dome.

Reid in EAV

December 28th, 2009
10:23 am

And perhaps we also shouldn’t “misunderestimate” the Bucs, either.

Reid Adair

December 28th, 2009
10:27 am

It was unbelievable to see all of the injuries yesterday and what the Falcons had to do to fill certain situations (kickoffs, extra points, etc.).

I’m confident they can find somebody to kick for the Tampa Bay game if Bryant is unable to play. I agree with “midnite;” it is disappointing to see this because Bryant had been doing well since his arrival in Atlanta.

Peachtree John

December 28th, 2009
10:28 am

The good news is that the Falcons have won most of the games they were supposed to this year. That’s new.
We are getting better players. That’s new. Now if the players can get and stay healthy next year.
We have hope. That has been the case since 1966 when the Falcons and I came to Atlanta. Now the hope looks legitimate.
One more game to hold our collective breath for, then the “confused” Braves can muddle through another year.
Go Falcons, go Hawks.


December 28th, 2009
10:32 am

Now we have injuries to the kicker and punter? Our cheerleaders have the best legs on the team – let’s give them a shot.


December 28th, 2009
10:39 am

Am I the only one who thinks the Falcons are cursed? The only difference between this team and teams past is that this team thinks they can fight. Philly was the only game the last two seasons that the Birds didn’t stand toe to toe throughout. Let’s hope they have some juju left.


December 28th, 2009
10:46 am

Biermann kicking off yesterday was simply amazing. It was an awesome moment, and even better when he was practicing on the sidelines and miss kicked the ball into the stands.

I don’t care who they have to bring in for this week, let’s just win the damn game. It’s going to be real tough and I wish it was at the dome, but we have to win this. Please god let this happen.


December 28th, 2009
10:47 am

Tony G. is a gamer, fights on every play up to, and past the whistle. That must have been a good lick on him because he immediately left for the tunnel when he came off the field. Bierman did a heck of a job with the kick-offs.

Tell it like it is

December 28th, 2009
11:00 am

Whats up with Sam Baker?Maybe he should apply for social securty disability. who ever drafted this guy needs to have his pay docked.He never plays what good is he?

Jim H.

December 28th, 2009
11:04 am

just win nine and break that stupid streak and I’ll be happy…..with the injuries and brutal schedule (such as playing four teams coming off bye weeks) it would be great.

Jim H.

December 28th, 2009
11:06 am

Jason Elam?…..I’m just sayin’……..

adam h.

December 28th, 2009
11:15 am

why not bring brandon coutu back to ga….


December 28th, 2009
11:24 am

Very proud of the way our Falcons are finishing out the year. If they can beat the Bucs even missing the playoffs a winning record with what has transpired has me very pleased with the overall direction of the franchise.

Josh Freeman has had a very nice year and the Bucs are very scrappy… but I really hope the falcons can pull toegther one more time and post a winning record.

I know they reupped Mckay… and that’s probably good because he’s doing what he does best and so is Dimitroff. You’re not going to get every move right but Mckay basically was a disaster picking players. He’s a much better politician and cap manager than he was a GM and generally he’s a good guy to have in the Falcons Corner so I’m glad he’s still on the team leaving Dimitroff more time to study and work with the scouts/coaches.

I think Koenan will be ok. He’s a football player. There are plenty of out of work kickers they should be able to find for one week.

This draft will be wide open for the most part. Dimitroff is really going to be able to focus on the best player available at whatever position he feels is most valuable this year. Still a lot of holes but I don’t feel like they are un fillable holes this year.

This team should be ready to compete and have more depth in 2010.


December 28th, 2009
11:29 am

my guess is they find a Left Tackle and Outside LB in the draft but probably find a DB or two somewhere as well. Most likely a veteran CB.

I believe they are finally out of cap hell this offseason agreement or not.


December 28th, 2009
11:41 am

Is Bill Bell still alive? I’ll never forget a field goal attempt in the early 70s that struck the snapper squarely on the butt…


December 28th, 2009
12:17 pm

Might as well bring Elam back. They’re paying him anyway.


December 28th, 2009
12:35 pm


From 40 yards and in – it’s GUARANTEED!!!

Peachtree John

December 28th, 2009
12:46 pm

Thanks for the chuckle on Bill Bell.
There were times when the fans had to tail gate in order to make it through the games! Now tail gating is optional in order to enjoy the games.


December 28th, 2009
12:51 pm



December 28th, 2009
12:54 pm

Elam is a start – still on the payroll – but what about young Brandon Coutu?


December 28th, 2009
1:12 pm

cdog u r an idiot. 9-7 gets this team it’s first back to back winning season. For the fans who have been around for years it means alot. Please go and spew someplace else. c ya cdog/vick lover!! BWAA HA HA!!!


December 28th, 2009
1:28 pm

The panthers have a mediocre backfield?

Hmm… Jonathan Stewarts 200 yards yesterday would seem to disagree.

Last year the Falcons had a ton of things break their way and they stayed healthy.

This year they had nothing break thier way including being in the wrong conference to be in it for the playoffs. If they get to 9-7 and post a winning record that is a valliant effort in anyones rating book unless you just want to be Nancy Negative.

They played terribly against the Eagles, worst effort in 2 years…. but they proved in subsequent weeks they weren’t quitters. Previous strong starting teams (the Mora era) faded and fell apart because they weren’t mentally cohesive.

This team is mentally strong and they have a winning attitude. That has never been here before, even when they had much more talent than they do now.


December 28th, 2009
1:33 pm

Why is Jim Mora still in the NFL????

I’m guessing as J Glanville would say…Not For Long


December 28th, 2009
1:51 pm

We missed the playoffs, but so much more is at stake here. We fans, FOR DECADES, have hoped for a team we could be consistently proud of. In the aftermath of those sorry Carolina and Philly losses, this team showed us something better than previous Falcons teams would have. Do the Bucs know how huge this game is for Atlanta? Let them give us their best shot – and let’s see Atlanta play with the most determination of any team in franchise history.

C3 Jim

December 28th, 2009
1:57 pm

Was there a change in the strength and conditioning program from last year to this? New coach…program…voodoo doll?


December 28th, 2009
2:03 pm

I forgot…cdog, go back to grammar school and mix in a dictionary.


December 28th, 2009
2:20 pm

What’s the over-under on the misestimation of the Bucs?


December 28th, 2009
2:43 pm

over-under 41.5


December 28th, 2009
2:53 pm

Mike peterson says the city would be proud if the team goes 9-7 to finish the season,yea right! Playoff wins and superbowls after 40+ years would be more like it.


December 28th, 2009
3:02 pm

Truth nobody said anything about vick.You just keep cheering on this sorry team called the turdy birds and you will be speaking the same words at 80years old about this sorry franchise.Those words are,WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR.

Terry Blacksilex

December 28th, 2009
3:08 pm

why not bring in Paul Edinger?


December 28th, 2009
3:52 pm

Elvis no one cares what you think…Yea really….

william cranman

December 28th, 2009
3:52 pm

Sam Baker is turning into a bust as well. He gets hurt more than Chris Chandler (chandilier) did. Was he this bad in college?


December 28th, 2009
3:58 pm

Elvis….it’s time to leave the building. We all can so through the vick lovers masks…..moron. Ya’lls post reveils the love for the vickster everytime. Go and root for your 3rd stringer all you want and stay away……you won’t be missed at all.


December 28th, 2009
4:00 pm

This team is about to do what the vick era couldn’t and his fans just plain hate it. BWAA HA HA!!!!!


December 28th, 2009
4:41 pm

I hope it was noted that Ryan’s first play touchdown pass was from the 49 yrd line to a yard into the end zone, and a perfect spiral all the way.


December 28th, 2009
4:41 pm

Time to rise to the occassion, true Falcon fans are behind you and know that you can acheive this goal, great job guys!!!!!!!!!!!!

A.Dylan Thomas

December 28th, 2009
6:21 pm

my lil brother can make them from 40 consistently he is only 14 but I am pretty sure he is available!


December 28th, 2009
6:58 pm

What’s bad with old? Bring in Morten Anderson for a farewell performance..

terrell barron

December 28th, 2009
7:58 pm

PMC, didn’t we just TRADE UP to draft a LT last year?


December 28th, 2009
8:10 pm

Hey, this last game is for the fans, so it would be a treat for us to see Morton Anderson. It would represent the team’s future with an acknowledgement to the past. Besides, Morton kicked us into our first SUPER BOWl, DAM* IT!!

Atlanta Peach

December 28th, 2009
9:09 pm

Choke, “Howd you Doin” ?!!!!!!!


December 28th, 2009
9:20 pm