BIRD LAND – The Falcons didn’t waste much time replacing longtime trainer Ron Medlin, who was recently terminated after 16 seasons with the team.
Marty Lauzon, who was out of the league last season after resigning as Cleveland’s head trainer in June, was named the team’s new athletic trainer, the team confirmed.
Lauzon cited family reasons for his resignation.
He been on the Cleveland staff, which had battled serious staph infections during this period, since 1999. He was the head athletic trainer the last four seasons.
The team also announced the hiring of assistant athletic trainers James Williams and Danny Long. Both come over from Cleveland.
Last season, several starters missed more than 40 games as the Falcons were beset with injuries. The most significant was a high right ankle sprain to running back Michael Turner, who played in just nine games. He tried to come back twice from the injury, but was knocked out of both of those games.
Also, quarterback Matt Ryan missed two games and most of another with a turf toe injury.
The Falcons are the only team in the league with director of athletic performance. The trainers and doctors report to Jeff Fish, the team’s director of athletic performance.
Medlin was only the third head athletic trainer in team history.
Prior to joining the Falcons, Medlin was the assistant athletic trainer for the Cleveland Browns from 1989-93.
He served an internship with the Falcons for six seasons in the 1980s. He holds a bachelor’s degree from N.C. State and a master’s from Memphis.
KICKING CORNER: The Falcons finished the season with two kickers Matt Bryant and Steve Hauschka on the roster after releasing Jason Elam during the season.
The two are set for an offseason battle, but that hasn’t stopped the Falcons from sniffing around the Canadian Football League for more competition.
Damon Duval, who has spent five seasons with Montreal, worked out for the Falcons on Tuesday, where he was joined by Calgary’s Sandro DeAngelis and Toronto’s Justin Medlock.
FALCONS CELEBRATE WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY: It might be national signing day for some college football prospects, but it’s also National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Falcons players Coy Wire and Tony Gilbert, team cheerleaders and female student-athletes from Georgia State will visit Ivy Preparatory Academy in Norcross today on Wednesday, to celebrate the 24th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Sixth and seventh grade students from the all-girl public charter school will participate in a series of physical fitness activity stations led by the special guests.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports.
SMITH GOES ON COACH SPEAK SHOW: Falcons coach Mike Smith went on the “Coach Speak with Brian
Billick” internet show on Foxsports.com to discuss the Super Bowl.
Smith believes the Colts may have to blitz more if defensive end Dwight Freeney is not able to play.
Smith respects Freeney and Atlanta-native Robert Mathis, the Colts other defensive end from McNair High.
“Those two guys are the top (pass rushing) tandem,” Smith said. ”They may have to go with a little bit more pressure.”
Billick, Smith’s brother in law, sees a high-scoring affair.
FOLLOW RODDY WHITE ON TWITTER: You can follow Falcons two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White on Twitter. His handle is RoddyWhiteTV.
Here are some of his recent tweets.
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