Friday Injury report; Clabo in last game as a Falcon?

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Falcons tackle Tyson Clabo could become an unrestricted free agent if a new CBA is reached.


Questionable (A 50-50 chance will not play)

DT Thomas Johnson (knee)

RB Michael Turner (ankle)

TE Tony Gonzalez (calf)

WR Eric Weems (head)

S Charley Peprah (hamstring)

LB Curtis Lofton (shoulder/hamstring)

QB Matt Ryan (toe)

K Matt Bryant (right hamstring)

P Michael Koenen (head)

DE Jamaal Anderson (chest)

DT Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder)

T Sam Baker (elbow/hamstring)

Did Not Participate in Practice

DT Thomas Johnson (knee)

RB Michael Turner (ankle)

WR Eric Weems (head)

S Charley Peprah (hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice

(Less than 100% of normal reps)

TE Tony Gonzalez (calf)

LB Curtis Lofton (shoulder/hamstring)

QB Matt Ryan (toe)

K Matt Bryant (hamstring)

P Michael Koenen (head)

DE Jamaal Anderson (chest)

DT Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder)

T Sam Baker (elbow/hamstring)

  • The Falcons also signed punter Danny Baugher to the practice squad. Baugher, 5-10, 194 pounds, is a University of Arizona graduate who was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award in 2005.

Clabo, Dahl respond

THE BRANCH — Two Falcons starters, two key reserves and three other players could lose their status as unrestricted free agents over the upcoming offseason if the NFL and the union can’t agree to a new collective bargaining agreement.

Starting right tackle Tyson Clablo and right guard Harvey Dahl are set to become unrestricted free agents if a deal can be reached.  If not, they’ll be restricted free agents, have to receive tenders and will not get to shop their services on the true open market.

Also, backup running back Jerious Norwood and offensive backup Quinn Ojinnaka are affected along with punter

Clabo and Dahl' contract status is tied to the league's contract negotiations with the Union.

Clabo and Dahl' contract status is tied to the league's contract negotiations with the Union.

Michael Koenen, safety Jamaal Fudge and safety Charlie Peprah.

According to a list obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, league-wide there are 212 players who will revert to restricted free agents – as opposed to unrestricted – if 2010 turns into an uncapped year.

If a deal is not in place by March, a player would need six years in the league to be an unrestricted free agent. The minimum is four years currently.

CLABO, DAHL SPEAK ABOUT THEIR FUTURES: After practice on Thursday, talked abou their unrestricted/restricted status.

“The players that have worked hard and got to this point in their careers, need to be able to go out and see what they are worth on the market,” Clabo said.  “Those players deserve a chance to go do that. It will be very, very unfortunate for all of us if we are not allowed that opportunity.”

Last season, the Falcons worked out contract extensions with defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and receiver Michael Jenkins.

Before the season, they worked out an extension with Roddy White.

“There have been no talks of .  .  .  contract extension,” Clabo said.

Clabo and Dahl played this season under one-year contracts, with base salaries of $1.545 million.

Clabo would like to return, but knows he could be playing his last game with the Falcons.

“I want to be an Atlanta Falcon,” Clabo said. “I want to be an Atlanta Falcon for the rest of my career. It’s difficult to say with confidence that will happen (with me) continually playing under one-year tenders. It’s just difficult to see into the future.”

Dahl is hopeful that the labor negotiations go smoothly.

“I think everyone is real optimistic that the owners and the union will come to an agreement here soon and that every thing will be taken care of,” Dahl said.


Arizona – SS Hamza Abdullah, FB Justin Green, G Duece Lutui, K Mike Nugent, WR Jerheme Urban and NT Gabe Watson.

Baltimore – G Chris Chester, WR Mark Clayton, K Billy Cundiff, P Sam Koch, SS Dawan Landry, T Tony Moll, TE Quinn Sypnieski, T Terry Adam, CB Favian Washington and WR Demetrius Williams.

Buffalo – OLB Keith Ellison, QB Gibran Hamdan, G Richie Incognito, TE Joe Klopfenstein, SS George Wilson and CB Ashton Youboty.

Carolina – OLB James Anderson, OLB Thomas Davis, TE Jeff King, CB Richard Marshall and T Rob Petitti.

Chicago – DE Mark Anderson, FS Josh Bullocks, NT Dusty Dvoracek, FS Danieal Manning and OLB Jamar Williams.

Cincinnati – MLB Abdul Hodge, OLB Rashad Jeanty, LB Brandon Johnson, G Evan Mathis, and DE Frostee Rucker.

Cleveland – SS Abram Elam, LB Arnold Harrison, RB James Harrison, LB D’Qwell Jackson, FS Brodney Pool, LB Matt Roth and FB Lawrence Vickers.

Dallas – WR Miles Austin, DE Stephen Bowen, CB Cletis Gordon, DE Jason Hatcher, WR Sam Hurd, T Pat McQuistan, C Duke Preston, G Cory Procter, SS Gerald Sensabaugh, DE Marcus Spears, SS Pat Watkins and K Shaun Suisham.

Denver – LB Elvis Dumervil, G Chris Kuper, WR Brandon Marshall, QB Kyle Orton, TE Tony Scheffler and DE Le Kevin Smith.

Detroit – SS Daniel Bullocks, C Dylan Gandy, DE Jason Hunter, WR Adam Jennings, G Daniel Loper, FS Ko Simpson and LB Cody Spencer.

Green Bay – SS Atari Bigby, CB Will Blackmon, G Daryn Colledge, FS Nick Collins, DE Johnny Jolly, FB John Kuhn, FS Derrick Martin and C Jason Spitz.

Houston – FS John Busing, T Rashad Butler, TE Owen Daniels, RB Ryan Moats, SS Bernard Pollard, LB DeMeco Ryans and C Chris White.

Indiana – WR Hank Baskett, FS Antoine Bethea, FS Aaron Francisco, LB Tyjuan Hagler, CB Marlin Jackson, CB Tim Jennings, T Charlie Johnson, LB Freddy Keiaho and CB T.J. Rushing.

Jacksonville – LB Clint Ingram, DT Montavious Stanley and WR Troy Williamson.

Kansas City – OB Brodie Croyle, LB Derrick Johnson, LB Corey Mays, C Rudy Niswanger, T Ryan O’Callaghan and FS

Running back Jerious Norwood's status for next season is tied up in the labor negotiations.

Running back Jerious Norwood's status for next season is tied up in the labor negotiations.

Jarrad Page.

Miami – RB Ronnie Brown and TE Anthony Fasano.

Minnesota – T Ryan Cooke, DE Ray Edwards, NG Red Evans, QB Tarvaris Jackson, CB Karl Paymah and FB Naufahu Tahi.

New England – K Stephen Gostkowski, G Logan Mankins and LB Pierre Woods.

New Orleans – RB Mike Bell, T Jammal Brown, G Jahri Evans, DT Tony Hargrove,k SS Roman Harper, FS, Hernandez Jones, WR Lance Moore, WR Courtney Roby, T Zach Strief, TE David Thomas and CB Leigh Torrence.

New York Giants – LB Chase Blackburn, G Kevin Boothe, FS C.C. Brown, NT Barry Cofield, CB Kevin Dockery, WR Derek Hagan, WR Sinorice Moss, T Guy Whimper and LB Gerris Wilkinson.

New York Jets – QB Kellen Clemens, CB Drew Coleman, WR Braylon Edwards, NT Howard Green, G Wayne Hunter, WR Brad Smith, SS Eric Smith, RB Leon Washington.

Oakland – LB Jon Alston, T Khalif Barnes, LB Ricky Brown, QB Charlie Frye, LB Thomas Howard, LB Kirk Morrison and CB Stanford Routt.

Philadelphia – WR Jason Avant, C Nick Cole, LB Omar Gaither, LB Chris Gocong, CB Ellis Hobbs, G Max Jean-Gilles, TE Alex Smith and RB Leonard Weaver.

Pittsburgh – T Willie Colon.

San Diego – LB Tim Dobbins, WR Malcom Floyd, DT Antonio Garay, C Eric Ghiaciuc, LB Marques Harris, WR Vincent Jackson, DE Travis Johnson, T Marcus McNeill, LB Shawne Merriman, RB Darren Sproles and QB Charlie Whitehurtt.

Seattle – LB Lance Laury, P Jon Ryan, G Rob Sims, C Chris Spencer and DE Darryl Tapp.

San Francisco – G David Baas, LB Ahmad Brooks and CB Marcus Hudson.

St. Louis – DE Victor Adeyanju, FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, T Alex Barron, RB Sam Gado, DT Gary Gibson, WR Ruvell Martin and G Mark Setterstrom.

Tampa Bay – WR Mark Bradley, WR Brian Clark, LB Matt McCoy, T Donald Penn, LB Barrett Ruud, WR Maurice Stovall, T Jeremy Trueblood, RB Carnell Williams and LB Rod Wilson.

Tennessee -  DE Dave Ball, DT Tony Brown, TE Bo Scaife, LB Stephen Tulloch, DT Kevin Vickerson and RB LenDale White.

Washington – QB Jason Campbell, SS Reed Doughty, DT Kedric Golston, LB Rocky McIntosh, DT Anthony Montgomery, C Will Montgomery and CB Carolos Rogers.

49 comments Add your comment

Row 3

December 31st, 2009
10:26 am

Dahl and Clabo are keepers.

December 31st, 2009
10:27 am

Wow – depending on how things shake out the Falcons could really bulk up their roster in 2010. But ESPN on 12/30 reported that the NFL may not play in 2011 if they don’t reach a comprehensive deal before then.

Southside Falcon

December 31st, 2009
10:40 am

This Labor dela if it doesnt get done is very scary for the players and the fans. NO WORK STOPPAGE


December 31st, 2009
10:43 am

Clabo did not perform like he did last year.


December 31st, 2009
10:45 am

I wonder, given Norwoods injury history and “potential” (if he stays healthy) how desperate are Dimitroff/Smith to keep him, esp. if they have designs on drafting a younger/cheaper “change of pace” RB in 2010?

Lyons JImmy

December 31st, 2009
11:37 am

Get rid of Jerious “I’ll sit on the bench again” Norwood. Keep Dahl, Clabo, and Koenen. The labor deal will get worked out because the nfl is too big to not play like they made the mistake in the mid 80’s. They know better now.

Lyons JImmy

December 31st, 2009
11:38 am

7th…what some losers

Dr.Big Toe

December 31st, 2009
12:06 pm

This is a product design for turf toe.


December 31st, 2009
12:26 pm

Of the 7 Falcs listed above, only Michael Koenen and Harvey Dahl need to be brought back. Time to take our extra money and go in a new direction.

The Real Falcon

December 31st, 2009
1:54 pm

Clabo must go. No pun intended. Not athletic enough for pass protection.


December 31st, 2009
2:17 pm

How is that a pun anyway???


December 31st, 2009
3:07 pm

Good work Mr. Ledbetter. Thanks for the info.


December 31st, 2009
3:14 pm

With the pending changes in FA status League wide, it will be easier to keep in house talent and much more difficult to obtain outside FA help.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 31st, 2009
4:26 pm

Talked to Clabo and Dahl about it. Give you all a little update.

TOPH: Thanks for the kind words.


December 31st, 2009
4:39 pm

NFL needs to take a clue from MLB in 1994. The strike almost killed the sport, and it took the steroid era to bring it back to even being respectable in popularity. The players, owners, and league need to get a deal hammered out, and they need it sooner rather than later.


December 31st, 2009
4:41 pm

Thanks for the update D.O.L.
It`s my guess, both Dahl and Clabo will be re-signed?
Could be a lot worse looking at some of the names other teams have on their list.
Some interesting names indeed.


December 31st, 2009
5:12 pm

BT, war eagles own the talons this yr., bring the gold card sunday! j/k, lol

Uncapped Year and Free Agency

December 31st, 2009
5:39 pm

[...] reported Thursday seven Falcons fall into this situation: Tyson Clabo, Harvey Dahl, Jamaal Fudge, Michael Koenen, Jerious Norwood, Quinn Ojinnaka and Charlie Peprah (more on this and the list of other NFL players, here). [...]


December 31st, 2009
6:33 pm

Keep Clabo, Dahl, Koenen, and Norwood. Koenenis the best punter I’d give him a 5 year 8 M 4.975 M garunteed- 6th year option 1.157 M garuentted, Norwood 6 year 30 M 19 M garunetted, Dahl 4 year 13M 9.55M guarunteed 5th year option 1.75 – 4 M garunteed, Clabo 4 year 13M 9.55M guarunteed 5th year option 1.75 – 4 M garunteed.


December 31st, 2009
7:02 pm

cahos are you high you really think norwood will get a 6 30 million dollar contract, thats absurd


December 31st, 2009
7:50 pm

Norwood is only good in open space, not running between the tackles. I think he should be used a dump off (short screen) guy like Reggie Bush. Otherwise, free up that money. Have’nt seen Peprah on defense but he was the BIG man who made that down field tackle on special teams kick coverage after his helmet was knocked off a couple of weeks ago. He looked like a beast then.

Falcons are Pros

December 31st, 2009
9:06 pm

To get rid of Noorwood would be a mistake he compliments turners style of running to much.


December 31st, 2009
9:26 pm

If we keep Norwood, they must find an effective way to use him. It was good to FINALLY see them delay the hand-off on Sunday so that he could run through the tackles. Otherwise, we don’t have the beef up front to open holes for him. I still don’t understand why they don’t throw screen passes to him, or let him return kicks any more. His health is an issue, but I think he’s worth keeping.


December 31st, 2009
9:52 pm

Must sign Dahl. The line has been on 50% since he left it this year. I’ve never seen a guard have such an impact.


December 31st, 2009
10:17 pm

Hey — I even joined the Dahl for Pro Bowl Facebook page last year. I want him back in the GA Dome so that opposing defenses call it the Terror Dome/Dahl House of Pain.

Coach Smitty even said that together Dahl & Clabo are better where they might be considered average on another team. If they have chemistry — preferably explosive — I think we should keep them. Most games where they are the A-gap, we seem to win. Off the left side, not so much. However, Blalock is a definite keeper because of his brawn and “ball nose” demonstrated last year. I guess I’m less sure of McClure and Baker.

I second VP & Birdman about keeping Norwood, but don’t expect him to clear the trenches for runs too often. Koenan is beast, and the main reason opponents started so far back. The man can boot it (everywhere but Jerry Jones’ stadium.)

D-Led, any updates would be appreciated.


January 1st, 2010
8:00 am

We should have already extended Clabo, Dahl and Koenen. Both Clabo and Dahl have excellent size and strength at RT and RG. Both have been extremely durable, until Dahl’s recent ankle injury. I like their mean streak, which prompted Coach Boudreaux to refer to them as the nasty boys. Both are still young Falcons who want to stay in Atlanta. Koenen is reliable as both a punter and on kick offs.

Thomas Dimitroff needs to get them signed.


January 1st, 2010
9:38 am

If Clabo and Dahl are so good, why no Pro Bowl? If you subtract the hype, they are about average.


January 1st, 2010
10:44 am

Who can the Falcons replace Claybo and Dahl with? Can they find them in free agency or the draft maybe a rookie who can come in an be a starter…


January 1st, 2010
11:02 am

Brilliant post jerry. If you don’t make the Pro Bowl, you’re just average.

[...] If a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, Atlanta Falcons guard Harvey Dahl and tackle Tyson Clabo will be unrestricted free agents. [...]


January 1st, 2010
1:06 pm

falcon, you and Samuel seem to get it.
O-line play is about cohesiveness and consistency, not about individual recognition.


January 1st, 2010
1:27 pm

Sign Dahl, Koenen, Clabo, and get rid of Norwood. Norwood is injury prone. Draft Spiller out of Clemson and he will provide much more than Norwood. He also will provide M. Ryan with a game breaker to match up with Roddy White. Just a thought.


January 1st, 2010
1:45 pm

couldnt agree with you more draft C.j Spiller get rid of injurywood and sign dahl clabo’s overated


January 1st, 2010
2:10 pm

i say def keep koenen then worry about the rest.i dont think theres a punter like him out there. the clabo and dahl is kinda of hard cause if u do let them go, who do u replace them with rookies??? i like norwood but maybe use him more as a wr than a rb.

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January 1st, 2010
2:57 pm

Falcons sign punter as backup plan

By Pat Yasinskas

The Falcons just announced they have signed punter Danny Baugher to their practice squad.

Take this as a precautionary move in case punter Michael Koenen can’t play Sunday at Tampa Bay. Koenen suffered a concussion last week and the Falcons are hoping he’s cleared to play. But having Baugher on the practice squad gives them a backup plan if Koenen can’t go. The Falcons would have to elevate Baugher to the 53-man roster in order for him to be eligible to play.

Baugher spent this season with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League. Baugher, who played at the University of Arizona, has spent time with three other NFL teams, but has not played in a regular-season game.

[...] and staff don’t have any ties to the “curse”, they do know how important it is to many fans. (Check out DOL’s new pre-game post)Normally, this game wouldn’t have seemed so large back when the Bucs were winless in the beginning [...]


January 2nd, 2010
10:09 am

Clabo was owned in several games this year and his best position might be inside at guard. Dahl is a nasty and everyone likes him, but he is a liability in pass protection and should be released if he can’t be signed for a reasonable amount..Clabo and Dahl were stopgap players, but it’s time for TD to get serious about rebuilding this O-line.


January 2nd, 2010
2:46 pm




January 2nd, 2010
3:31 pm

These guys want to check the open market because they want to get paid not because they want to stay in Atlanta. Neither will get much interest as starters around the league. Clabo is a right guard at best.

Atlanta Peach

January 2nd, 2010
9:29 pm

Choke, “Howd you Doin” ?!!!!


January 3rd, 2010
12:56 am

Bring back Dahl for sure and Clabo too. Koenan is valuable because he fills two roles, punter and kickoffs. Norwood is never healthy and will never be healthy so let him walk. As for the draft, we need a compliment to Roddy White. Jenkins ain’t it and who knows how Harry Douglas will come back. We need a corner although I have noticed the improved play of the secondary lately since the Giants game. We also need a pass rusher since Abe has turned into Aundray Bruce and Bierman is only a situational player it would seem. I am sure Dimitroff doesn’t need my 2 cents because the Falcons aren’t that far away from Super Bowl contention and he has achieved that in two years.

[...] Tyson Clabo really wants to be a Falcon. It’d be a huge blow to the depth and strength of our line if we lost he and Harvey Dahl, so I’m hopeful the team can work something out. It helps when a guy actually buys into what you’re trying to do, as well. [...]

dawg fan 4 life

January 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

Norwood must go with all he injurys.


January 3rd, 2010
11:12 am

What is the “What goes around, comes around.” comment supposed to mean? I know MV7 and Choke do nothing but troll these blogs, attempting to dumb down everyone that visits the site, but I’m having a hard time figuring that one out.

Anyway, to put something relative to the blog article, I hope Dahl stays. I think Clabo and Norwood could be replaced. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re both good players and I’d love to see them continue to wear Falcons jerseys, but the NFL is always changing, and I can see them taking other opportunities elsewhere. Should they go, I think we’ll be able to find some pretty solid replacements.

Dahl on the other hand, is just nasty. He needs to stay.

Samantha Baker

January 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

Move me to right tackle, I cant hack left tackle. Plus I get hurt so easily..
I give up at least one sack a game lately, We need to blow up this offensive line, it is not working! You coud put peyton behind us and he wouldn’t have the time to throw the ball..

Future Beat Writer/Columnist

January 3rd, 2010
4:06 pm

The Atlanta Falcons will not be playing post season football in 2010. But, that doesn’t mean they can’t make a little history of their own. With a victory over NFC South rival, Tampa Bay, Atlanta can secure its second consecutive winning season. That is a feat never accomplished before, by this franchise.

With 1:00 left in the 4th quarter, The Falcons are on the cusp of making team history. Place kicker Matt Bryant just nailed 36 yard FG to put Atlanta up 20-10. Looks like a 44 year trend is about to be broken. As play by play announcer Wes Durham said, “The anvil that has been around Atlanta’s neck is gone.”

It’s about dang time. Congratulations to the Atlanta Falcons. But, let’s make the playoffs next year.

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