Safety William Moore is expected to play against Miami

William Moore is expected back at practiceon Saturday and could play against Miami.

William Moore is expected back at practiceon Saturday and could play against Miami.

A slew of Falcons are set to return to action when the team returns to practice on Saturday.

Safety William Moore, who’s been listed as day to day with a groin injury by Falcons coach Mike Smith, is set to return and could see action against Miami in the third exhibition game next Friday.

“He’s my roommate,” rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said. “He said he’s been feeling pretty good. He’s really excited about this upcoming week because he’s going to get an opportunity to get out there. He’s starting to feel pretty good. He’s excited about it.”

Moore, since being drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft, has had a hard time staying healthy. He missed last season with knee and hamstring injuries. He was slowed during offseason workouts and again early in training camp with the groin injury.

“He was talking about it last night and he’s just ready to get out there,” Weatherspoon said. “We look forward to getting him out there.”

Cornerback Dunta Robinson (hamstring), defensive tackle Peria Jerry (knee), cornerback Brian Williams (knee) and running back Jerious Norwood (hip) are all expected to return against the Dolphins.

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Friday, August 20 — No Practice.

Saturday, August 21 — 9:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. (closed to the public); 3:45 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Sunday, August 22 — 9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public)

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Nique

August 20th, 2010
1:41 am

We’ll see if he actually makes it out there! Or if he re-aggravated something this week in practice b4 the game! I wasn’t being hard on him b4 bc injuries happen but what the heck happened between Friday night lights & now that warranted him missing both games so far??? E. Coleman’s spot should be safe for no reason other than Moore hasn’t gotten enough game reps bc of all of his injuries!

I mean I hope he does play, really I do, but he’s really starting to make me? him just like Norwood!

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Stirg d'Nahsif

August 20th, 2010
2:24 am

When William Moore was drafted, his bio indicated his inability to stay healthy. Matter of fact, he was injured his last year of college and we still drafted him with the injury. How could we expect him to stay healthy when his been injured more than not during his football career? If Moore can’t start for the remainder of pre-season, I don’t think he’d make it to regular season.

bummy

August 20th, 2010
2:32 am

this dude is a straight bum. I actually met him and his manners pale in comparison to Coleman (whom I also met).

Dominic Hughes

August 20th, 2010
3:41 am

DOL what’s the latest on Corey Peters? We can’t seem to keep our DTs healthy…

OHIOdirtybird

August 20th, 2010
4:17 am

better yet DOL is Meirer ok??

Chop Buster

August 20th, 2010
7:03 am

Wow…finally. Let’s see if he actually makes it on the field this time–more importantly, what does he do when he gets out there.

dozer

August 20th, 2010
7:07 am

I have a new nickname for Moore – “Chipper”!

gtjacket44

August 20th, 2010
7:19 am

i think i would take moore turning out like chipper

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 20th, 2010
7:51 am

As soon as I get updates on Peters and Meier, I’ll tweet them first and post here. I’m hoping to get something before 12 noon today.

Season Ticket Holder

August 20th, 2010
8:02 am

Is it to late to sell my season tickets? The falcons were bad at all phases of the game. NE realize that Matt Ryan cannot throw deep so they kept 8 and 9 players within 7 yards of the line. I see several reasons why falcon’s coaches won’t call the deep route. 1. Matt has a weak arm. 2. The O line cannot pass block. 3. the falcons don’t have a fast receiver to run a fly route.

Every team the falcons face this year will copy NE defense and crowd the line of scrimmage. We will be lucky to go 8 and 8.

sleeze

August 20th, 2010
8:11 am

Season Ticket Holder, I’ll buy your tickets – at the discounted rate of what a pourmouthing whiny little girl like you deserves..

RUDE DOGG

August 20th, 2010
8:18 am

I have to say we need some work;Turner still seams to be tip toeing and we still cant stop anybody on 3rd down. Also we still seam to be missing something on offense.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 20th, 2010
8:22 am

Season Ticket Holder — Relax. It was the New England Patriots. It’s like the Rams came into the Dome and rolled them 28-10.

G Mann

August 20th, 2010
8:39 am

Looks like the same olde Falcons to me….can’t stop anybody, injuries mount up, the curse lives on BUT after 44 years of watching them I am still optimistic!! GO FALCONS

mountain_jim

August 20th, 2010
8:46 am

Thanks Dled for the update on William Moore. I also am concerned about injury status from last nights game – and did not know that Peters had an injury. :(

Stephen W.

August 20th, 2010
8:47 am

“Safety William Moore is expected to play against Miami”…LMAO! Good one, D-Led! Some coffee darn near came out my nose when I read that line.

NES

August 20th, 2010
8:48 am

The reason the Pats crowded the line of scrimmage is beyond R.White, we have no deep threats. M.Turner doesn’t have turn the outside corner speed and Gonzo has lost separation speed so he is a 5-15 yards a catch short game, hense the need for a running back like Norwood who stays healthy and a backup TE who can stretch the field and make catches down the field–like Pats Hernandez, sometimes the falcons need to forget about block first and get a fast TE for passing downs! CB Franks out-played C. Jackson and ‘Spoon looked non-existent in the game. Trey Lewis and the Bierman looked great! Mularky will be gone after this year or maybe even mid-year with his play calling! OH Boy! William Moore to play against the Dolphins, wonder how long he holds up? a quarter at the most.

Pat Swilling

August 20th, 2010
8:53 am

What happened to Vance Walker? He showed great promise last year. He’s getting man handled on every play this year. Trey Lewis looks greatly improved. Bierman is ready!! Go Falcons!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 20th, 2010
8:55 am

Stephen W — I just finished my coffee, too. But my mission last night was to get a William Moore update for you all. Everybody kept telling me he’d be back for the Miami game.

Pat Swilling — I’m about to watch the game over again. I’ll look for No. 99 and see how he’s doing.

tp

August 20th, 2010
8:57 am

This news just in: Sean Weatherspoon has a room at Flowery Branch all to himself now. William Moore has gone on “roommate DL” after injuring his hamstring doing what the Falcons are calling a “mishap” while brushing his teeth in the once-shared bathroom. Stay tuned for more on this story …

mountain_jim

August 20th, 2010
8:59 am

I see in DLed’s other article that Peters was injured in 1st quarter. Was that shown or discussed by the (continuously) talking heads on Fox? If so, I missed it. Anyone see what happened?

I'm Gumby, Dammit!!

August 20th, 2010
9:12 am

Just in case this injury bug is contagious, maybe they should room Moore and Norwood together. You can’t catch what you already got..

Joe Horn

August 20th, 2010
9:26 am

D-Led, How come a vet like Wes Welker is out there busting it after his surgery 8 months ago. Our first and second round draft picks last year arent allowed on the field when they both got injured before week 2. Medical procedures that much better in Boston? Harry Douglas finally saw action too, and it looked like him and Matty Ice need to get on the same page. What gives? Seems like young players need the reps? Coachs preach the need for reps, but dont put the personel on the field.

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Mountain Man

August 20th, 2010
10:37 am

“Spoon” should have to pay for a ticket to last night’s game. Awful!

Flowery Branch, Georgia

August 20th, 2010
10:55 am

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.. .. .. Nesbitt for Heisman
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The Man

August 20th, 2010
11:06 am

I will believe it when I see it….

Falconian

August 20th, 2010
11:09 am

Am I the only one that is not on the Dimitroff band wagon. This guy seems to not take into consideration the fact that a lot of his draft picks have a history of injuries. Who cares how much speed they have if they are sitting in a skirt on the sidelines?

Joe Tess Fish House

August 20th, 2010
11:09 am

Robinson will paly next week? HA!! How much is that per game we are paying him? Change the the name from Robinson to Robbed the Falcons!!

[...] D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Falcons expect several players to return to action in next week’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins after missing some time. Among them are safety William Moore, cornerback Dunta Robinson, defensive tackle Peria Jerry, cornerback Brian Williams, and running back Jerious Norwood. [...]

sknfan

August 20th, 2010
12:31 pm

I was so excited about this season BEFORE these preseason games. And yes….I know they are only preseason games. With that being said, the Falcons looked awful last night. How come Ryan only played ONE quarter? How come we don’t convert on third down and how come when the Pats were third and seven or third and long…..they seemed to always convert.

It always looks like we have to struggle for every first down, (might be why our time of possession looked good last night) Come on Falcons, I’d like to see our quarterback throw a pass for more than 7 or 9 yards. Making me think he doesn’t have the arm strength.

Khao$

August 20th, 2010
12:35 pm

Falconian…I agree. That’s been a gripe of mine with him for the last two seasons. Baker. Moore. Jerry. Three high picks who had some injury issues in college. We need our 1st and 2nd rounders to make plays and be on the field.

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

August 20th, 2010
12:41 pm

Yeah, right. Believe it when I see it. Even better, I’m more interested in the NEXT game after he gets some sction. William Moore:

1 game = 1 season off

You might see him in Miami, but like Keyser Soze just like that…he’ll be gone.

Veedub

August 20th, 2010
12:44 pm

@rudedogg and seasonticketholder. I have alsways been critical about Matt Ryan. I think he got too much hype off his first season which was pretty solid but Turner had bout 1800 yards that season, which helped him look so good. It seemd like he just is not making good football decisions and his passes are iffy.

I was watching them chop it up on the sidelines and it looked like the same old thing man. We need someone on offense with some fire and competetiveness about them to stir things up. TD should have picked up TO when they had the chance. Roddy White not gone be as affective running receiver routes by hisself being double-teamed while Finn gets man handled on the other side. May not be a good year. But like always, I’ll be watching tho!!! THATS WHAT FANS DO, RIGHT?!!!??

Doves

August 20th, 2010
12:47 pm

I don’t think Baker and Jerry were injury prone coming out of college, but Moore definitely was a injury gamble. Not only has he been absent, his “potential” has distracted us from drafting or signing another quality safety. I watched that position intently last night and saw Coleman out of position or not make the plays all night, and Shan Shillinger did not belong on the field with the 3rd stringers from NE. He is not an NFL talent. Year 3 is put up or shut up time in a regime, so no more this is a process bs from the management. I have bought into that for 2 years now, so its time to deliver. This league moves so fast if you don’t make marked improvement in 3 years in terms of knocking on the SB door, its time to make some tough decisions and stop waiting on potential that isn’t developing, i.e. Norwood, Moore, Jenkins…And for crying out loud is there not a kicker out there that is better than 50% that we get from Bryant.

Section 108

August 20th, 2010
12:56 pm

DOL, what’s the word on Cory Peters and Meier?

OHIOdirtybird

August 20th, 2010
12:59 pm

I think some of yall REALLY need to relax. First i dont think u can emphasize enough that it was a PRESEASON game, There is no game planning on offense or Defense(if there was we would have been ready for some of those runs outta the shotgun). Second its like some of you seem to forget we were without Robinson,Williams,Grimes,Moore,Jerry and Jenkins, Norwood, Snelling on offense. Trust me i know we didn’t fair to well last night but i can assure you that stuff like that will not happen with us healthy and a steady game plan the whole week before.

Section 108

August 20th, 2010
1:00 pm

Sometimes it’s tough, but we’ve got to keep the faith.

Just like the Falcons, I’m on a 3 year decision myself, moving to North Flordia 3 years ago but still holding ATL season tickets. If we don’t make progress this year, I don’t know what I’ll do. I mean come on, the Jags?? Show me something for once Dirty Birds. I sat through the Vick Years. I sat through the Joey Harrington/Petrino debacle. Now is the time – Make me a believer!!!

Doves

August 20th, 2010
1:03 pm

Did someone forget to tell NE to not game plan? They planned to play well, perform their jobs and get ready for the season. We had enough of the first time that will be on the field in week 1 to atleast score once. We had enough of the starting D to not give up easy rushing touchdowns to a pass first team. We had enough of the starters to not get embarrassed and still brush it off like we weren’t trying to do anything good in this game. Maybe that’s why NE wins Super Bowls and we get excited over back to back winning seasons. Come on we need to step up the expectations and not give them a pass for a pitiful performance. I dont care about a loss in the pre season, but looking like you are months away from being ready to compete is an embarrassment.

[...] Norwood to play vs. Miami next Friday The News Jerious Norwood missed the Falcons’ first two exhibition games due to a hip flexor injury, but he’s expected to play against Miami next Friday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

JazzyB

August 20th, 2010
1:33 pm

Defense doesn,t look to good,no pass rush,defensive backs not covering well.We need a bigger, more athletic,defensive line.Hopefully, we have a better scheme, and bringging back injured players will allow team to be more aggressive.

ReddJonn68

August 20th, 2010
1:33 pm

@ All true Falcons fans !!! I’m sorry but the facts are the facts, our D-line & linebackers looked awful against a team that will be trying to find a running game this season. Our starters have not put the ball in the end zone yet, plain & simple. The Miami game will be the last game any of the significant starters will see action, because the 4th game of the preseason is basically a depth chart battle game. Why is everyone so high on William Moore, the guy cannot stay healthy enough to get playing time, therefore we don’t know if he’ll be an upgrade over Coleman. If they do give him the job, is his athleticism going to make up for no experience, we can’t chance that with a revamped secondary !!!

Walk like Bobby Cox

August 20th, 2010
2:00 pm

This team will be LUCKY to win 6 games this year.

j

August 20th, 2010
2:26 pm

Seriously? Peterson might be done if he can’t shed some blocks, but for a second preseason game, I didn’t see many problems with the starters out there. The two drives died because of a total non-call on PI on Roddy and Gonzo dropping a ball (what 2-3 times total per season?)

Turner looks good, the no-huddle looks good, Roddy looks good, Ryan looks good, and the Pats weren’t immediately in the backfield.

Chevis Jackson cannot cover Moss or Welker. Was anyone expecting him to? Spoon had a rough time covering the Pats RB; against the Panthers I’d be a little concerned, if this wasn’t his second game. He’s in good position against Hernadez on the TD, and it’s only Brady knowing exactly where to put it and putting it exactly there that scores. Um, he’s Tom Brady, folks; he’s pretty good.

As to some of the silly suggestions:

-Why didn’t we draft Hernandez? He can’t block and was a bit of a risk with limited experience.

-Why didn’t we sign TO? For what must be the millionth time on these blogs: He’s a prima donna 36 year-old WR with seriously questionable hands who called one of his teammates “gay” and pushed the Eagles to let him go while he was still effective. Did you not see him last year when he came in w/ BUF? Would you really want to even slightly risk Ryan by forcing him to listen to TO? Seriously?

-Why did we draft Moore and Jerry with their injury histories? Well, they wouldn’t have been available if they didn’t have some concerns. Jerry’s had one NFL injury, so saying he’s prone is a bit premature. Moore worries me, but he’d never have been available in the second round if he hadn’t had something as a concern. Also, realize that Smith is being ultimately careful with players that he doesn’t have to play.

I’m sure tacking drills will be the order of the days for next week as that was the major problem.

theriddler

August 20th, 2010
2:39 pm

My only concern is the vertical passing game, we are lagging. I believe you HAVE to have a vertical passing game to be a serious contender. I have not seen this option with the Falcon’s.

Poor McKay

August 20th, 2010
4:09 pm

If the Falcons are supposed to be an NFC playoff team, I don’t know how anyone can simply dismiss last night’s debacle as “well, it was the Patriots”. Yeah, it was the Patriots in the pre-season, after spending the bulk of the week in GA, with a young defense… Lastly, Lofton is a nice player but this defense won’t be much more than average until he goes from being a nice player to a high impact player. And I’m beginning to have my doubts that he can take that next step.

FalconInVT

August 20th, 2010
4:11 pm

Don’t forget the number of missed field goals so far. THAT will bite us in the butt in this upcoming season.

Mark

August 20th, 2010
4:40 pm

You guys kill me, I guess this is why 790 starts off talking about the game b/c they know it will get people talking about a meaningless pre-season game. Bottom line the person not out there that should make the biggest difference is Robinson. Until he is on the field with the first team defense we really do not know how good we are going to be. For all the Ryan haters, the guy bust his butt getting ready, give him one more year before you start ripping him.

j

August 20th, 2010
6:27 pm

Um, no injuries, and it was 7-3 sans BS roughing the kicker vs Jackson. Seriously. It was not a debacle. The only debacle is the fact that you cannot realize that
A) it was a preseason game, and not game 3, which is the one the starters play the most in
B) we are 2 years removed from Petrino/Harrington. Think back to that year and realize how far we’ve come.

Wake up, you jackwagon.