Jonathan Babineaux returns to practice today

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FLOWERY BRANCH – Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux returned to practice on Wednesday after serving his one game suspension.

The suspension resulted from a drug related arrest in December. He later pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors.

He watched the Falcons 15-9 lost to Pittsburgh on television.

“It was kind of weird,” Babineaux said. “I had a kind of empty feeling in my stomach, not being out there with them. I had to let the guys know that I (was supporting them). I wish I could have been out there with them, but they knew I was thinking about them and hoping that they could do their best.”

Babineaux wouldn’t say if they threw something at the TV after Rashard Mendenhall scored on the 50-yard walk-off touchdown run.

“The guys fought hard the whole game,” Babineaux said. “To let one play end it like that was very disappointing. I think the guys played very well without me. They had a great game. I knew the guys were going to play good.”

Babineaux continued to work out while out on his suspension and he was allowed to get treatment for his shoulder.

“Mentally, I was just thinking about what I would do if I was there,” Babineaux said. “I was pretty much trying to go through my own routine in my mind and try to get ready for this week.”

In 2009, Babineaux led the Falcons with a career-high six sacks. That total was the second highest among all defensive tackles.

The Falcons missed Babineaux’s penetration moves against the Steelers. He ranks second in the league among defensive tackles with 35.5 tackles for loss since since 2005, according to STATS, Inc.

Last season he tied for the league lead with 8.5 tackles for losses and his 18 stuffs over the last two seasons is tops in the league.

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68 comments Add your comment

JSS

September 15th, 2010
1:44 pm

First it was waited till Perry gets back… Then it was Peters will solidify the middle, we’ll won’t Babineaux for one game… Now it is Babineaux is essential… This depth on this team stinks!

JSS

September 15th, 2010
1:46 pm

and it is “we won’t miss Babineaux for one game.”

Chris

September 15th, 2010
1:46 pm

gdg73

September 15th, 2010
1:46 pm

We have great depth at DT. What are you talking about JSS? Do you watch football?

Chris

September 15th, 2010
1:46 pm

Chris

September 15th, 2010
1:47 pm

BirdDirty

September 15th, 2010
1:54 pm

Mularkey and Matt for MV.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

September 15th, 2010
2:07 pm

glad Babineaux is back he is a monster at times and he will free up others, now lets get jenkins healthy.
what is the problem with Babineaux’s shoulder how serious is it ?

ReddJonn68

September 15th, 2010
2:16 pm

Dimitroff better hope we get this one, FGs won’t win a super bowl unless you are RAY RAY LEWIS and company. For the love of me I don’t know why we think we are so solid in the WR corp & O-line we are who they think we are !!!

ReddJonn68

September 15th, 2010
2:19 pm

Oh yeah Falcon offense now that your kicker is showing up, could ya at least score some pts. & put him in a position to win one with his leg ???

conceptual23

September 15th, 2010
2:23 pm

Not really sure what JSS is talking about. We have a pretty good rotation at DT with the return of BABS. The Pittsburgh O-Line outweighed our D-line by like 50 lbs or so and we still held their run game in check. (until the OT run of course)

Still Need to Upgrade WR

September 15th, 2010
2:38 pm

How long are they going to sit still and watch nothing happen on offense? Roddy White and a cloud of dust. We lose Jenkins and all we have are Roddy, Harry and a bunch of special teamers. It’s nuts. Also, Malarkey is just terrible.

I love the Falcons, but this is depressing.

GregKennesaw

September 15th, 2010
2:44 pm

Note to Jonathan: Don’t beat anymore dogs to death, lay off the pot, if in doubt, just say no…..

now that's funny

September 15th, 2010
2:48 pm

It’s funny how all of the thugs get on here and want MV back. How many necks have you seen in the last 12months want Schaub back?? Even though he is waaaaaay better than Vick or Ryan. Brothers base decisions on one thing. If you don’t believe that check out who our mayor is. This city is a joke.

JSS

September 15th, 2010
2:49 pm

“Team!”
I’ll type it one more time: “T-E-A-M!” Those 50 yards = 0-1 by the way… 4.6 yards a pop
3.1 a carry was a reasonably good display; but this is not gymnastics where you get to throw out the high and the low mark… You sound like who used be happy when they held Barry Sanders to a 160 yards…On the other hand, the Steelers held the Falcons to 2.3 a stab on 25carries (yep only 25)! Big bad Falcons run the ball!

GregKennesaw

September 15th, 2010
2:50 pm

JSS what are you talking about? the DL played okay…. The DL probably has the most depth of any position. That said Babs is the best DL we have. You guys that looking for something to complain about, at least find smething legitimate

Coach

September 15th, 2010
2:51 pm

I guess this is a good indication that just because you put a team on the field where most of the players have good morals does not always equate into good tickets sales. Honestly, we say we want a team where none of the players have social blemishes but we really want a team that can win. I think its time for us to move from our most recent sensitive past and start back getting the type of players that can win games and make a good effort at winning in life without us expecting them to be perfect. We need better talent if we expect to win games and put fans in the stands. I am tired of our boring team that continues to request Super Bowl Prices for a middle of the road team.

GregKennesaw

September 15th, 2010
2:55 pm

I agree, if the con_Vick had screwed up sooner, before the trade, Schaub would be our starter now. By the way, where did all the “we should have drafted Flacco” supporters go?

Give it up, the con-Vick will never play for Atlanta again. He let the team down, even after they made him the highest paid player in the NFL.

kgb

September 15th, 2010
2:56 pm

Does anyone know how many snaps Peria played. I can’t recall seeing him in the game at all.

Coach

September 15th, 2010
2:58 pm

I don’t think people are just saying we want MV back, but people are saying we need better talent if we are going to win in the NFL. So you do the math and let me know if you want a team or a church.

Season Ticket Holder

September 15th, 2010
3:01 pm

GregKennesaw. Did you not see the stellar performance by Vick on Sunday. You may hate him but Vick is turning out to be a good QB. Hopefully, Matt Ryan can learn to throw a pass other than a curl and an out route.

GregKennesaw

September 15th, 2010
3:02 pm

I guess the problem with the “talent” you want brought in, is they tend to get suspended at the wrong time. This team now is more talented than they were in 2007, What’s wrong with, everything being equal talent wise, with drafting 4-year seniors, that were team captains, and show football smarts. That’s what TD does.

Look the defense played pretty good this weekend, except for a couple of plays, and that may be why Grimes isn’t starting anymore

GregKennesaw

September 15th, 2010
3:04 pm

Don’t hate the con-Vick, glad to see him doing well in ONE game, if he’s cleaned up his act, good for him, but he’s not coming back here.

Hollywould

September 15th, 2010
3:06 pm

Coach, So what you are saying is a player has not been busted/doesn’t have 9 kids/ doesn’t get arrested numerous times they cannot play. I swear, I live among idiots.

JSS

September 15th, 2010
3:07 pm

Being “good” ain’t going to cut it when you are as offensively deficient as this current Falcons team. You don’t have Tom Brady back there to bail you out! Sorry, ya’ll need great, not good!

Coach

September 15th, 2010
3:10 pm

If you are content with just building a team through the draft then be prepared to have a lot of losing seasons and just because you draft a good player does not always mean he is going to stay with the team. If he is any good, he will most likely go to the highest bidder during his next contract negotiation. You must have a good mixture of new young players and proven players to be a winning team. Check out any of the recent Super Bowl Champs and you will see my point.

Mike Jay

September 15th, 2010
3:12 pm

Babbs should have been a pro bowler last season. will be nice to have him back into the Dline rotation which is deep and good.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

September 15th, 2010
3:14 pm

I’m not throwing in the towel on the season just yet. Only time will tell if this team is a legitimate contender or not. They were not expected to run the table this year, but they definitely need to win the ones that they are suppose to win, e.g., Pitt without Big Ben.

With that said…..We still need a bigger/stronger OL, a speed WR and MULARKEY NEEDS TO GO!!!!! Oh…and I almost forgot…..a consistent FG kicker.

Coach

September 15th, 2010
3:16 pm

No Hollywould, I am simply saying that our recent efforts have been so bent on getting preachers that we forgot about talent. I think we need players that have good morals and values but I don’t think they need to be perfect. They are not running for Congress (well that’s not saying much) they are playing football. it’s time to move on from our recent one track thinking a put a good football team on the field. Unless, you like just like going back and forth on the blog about what could have been. Move On Already it’s 2010!!!!!

FrontRow

September 15th, 2010
3:24 pm

What time does the injury report come out?

Coach

September 15th, 2010
3:25 pm

Hollywould, this is not Hotterville, everyone does not live in your world or have your mindset. Some of us realize that football is a sport where the team with the most talent and best coaching normally win games. You are trying to make this into a Social Issue and its not its football and we want a winner. Again, you do the math!!!!

GregKennesaw

September 15th, 2010
3:26 pm

Am I confused or have we not brought in by free agency or a trade, often referred to as “making a move” on this blog, our starting hall-of-fame TE, our starting RB, and our starting corner. TD has “made a move” each year he’s been here. There was an interesting article last week about about successful teams and draft vs “making a move” Turns out the consistently successful teams build through the draft

Also I don’t care if we are “boring” or not as long as they win

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 15th, 2010
3:28 pm

The team just finished practice.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 15th, 2010
3:29 pm

FALCONS INTRODUCE NEW PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES

Includes “Journey to the Dome” Walk Beginning on Sunday

(BASICALLY GET TO YOUR SEATS EARLY AND MAKE SOME NOISE)

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA – The Atlanta Falcons today announced several new activities the club has adopted to encourage fans get inside the Georgia Dome in time for kickoff this season. The new programs begin with Sunday’s home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.

“Our fans are some of the most vocal fans in the National Football League,” Falcons President Rich McKay said. “Our new pre-game enhancements are simply designed to get the bulk of our crowd into the Dome earlier. Our goal is a simple one: by kickoff, we want the Georgia Dome to be a loud and intimidating place from the very start of our games.”

During the 2010 off-season, the Falcons conducted a series of fan surveys to gain a better understanding of how their fans spend their time before kickoff and what Falcons fans wanted to see during the club’s pre-game presentation.

“We are always looking for ways to improve all areas of our game day experience,” Falcons Chief Marketing Officer Jim Smith said. “One of the most interesting facts our research uncovered was that a large number of our crowd enters the Dome as much as 10 minutes after kickoff. We spent a considerable amount of time developing initiatives we think will incentivize our fans to get into the building a little earlier.”

Beginning when gates to the Dome open at 11 a.m. through 12:30 p.m., fans will be able to enjoy Early Bird food and merchandise discounts.

The Early Bird food options include the Falcons Family Plan, which includes four hot dogs, four bags of chips, four sodas, and four candy items, all for $40.00. The Falcons Combo Plan, consisting of two hot dogs, two bags of chips, two sodas, and two candy items, is available for $20.00.

Additionally, the club is offering bottomless specials for souvenir sodas ($6.00) and popcorn ($5.50) throughout the game. These specials are available at all concession locations that serve those two items.

Fans who want to purchase Falcons merchandise on game day will receive $10.00 off purchases of $50.00 or more and $20.00 off purchases of $100.00 or more at all Falcons365 locations in the Dome. These specials are available until 12:30 p.m.

For fans tailgating outside of the Dome, a pyrotechnic salute will launch from Falcons Landing at 12:15 p.m., signaling it’s time to begin their “Journey to the Dome.”

Simultaneously, the popular Falcons drum-line will begin leading fans on their march towards the Dome from the Orange, Blue and Yellow parking lots as well as from the Gulch.

Following pre-game warm-ups, fans will be treated to an exciting pre-game show that will feature NFL and Falcons team highlights, music, performances by the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders, and a Falcons journey video montage highlighting the most memorable moments in team history.

Falcons’ team introductions will follow the video montage, and Samuel L. Jackson’s Rise Up anthem will be shown just seconds before the opening kickoff.

“We think our fans will enjoy the revamped pre-game activities,” Smith said. “They’re in direct response to what we heard from them during the off season, and we’re happy to do what we can to continuously improve their game day experience.”

GregKennesaw

September 15th, 2010
3:30 pm

Coach

September 15th, 2010
3:31 pm

We have something in common and that is at the end of the day “Just Win Baby Win.” Now, that’s not confusing.

INDIAN BIRD

September 15th, 2010
3:32 pm

As a life long Falcon fan from north Florida, the reason Atlanta teams lose is because the 1/2 the local fans are losers. Everytime a team starts in the right direction the fans demand something else so management changes to try and bring the lousy local to the game. And as far as MV I knew all a long he would not bring the eagles back in that game I saw too many time as falcon fan he always make a game changing mistake.

@tlaNta fAlc0n

September 15th, 2010
3:34 pm

I still don’t think Vick is better than Ryan and I am a brother but Shaubb is better than both just for the record, Matt need a better playcaller in the booth period, thats proven by the contrast in the no huddle vs set plays. And also for the record why does everything, every story has to be about race, Atlanta can be a great city if ya’ll can put that stupid stuff to the side, “brothers and necks” cause I see all races messing up, Ben takes it from women, Vicks takes it from dogs, some take it from drug dealers, so be a man and grow up or stay a boy and blame other races.

Hollywould

September 15th, 2010
3:34 pm

Coach, Seems to be a SOCIAL issue that you brought up. I just don’t follow your thinking. Correct me if I am wrong. Say you have 2 players totally the same. You think that maybe if one guy was a troublemaker he could possibly be a better player because of it. To me, street cred doesn’t mean crap. Either a dumb a$$ or just a criminal.

Coach

September 15th, 2010
3:35 pm

The kind of math that gives you more wins than your division opponent which leads to the playoff and maybe the Super Bowl. Now, you do the math!!!

richbrave

September 15th, 2010
3:37 pm

D. LED:

How’s my man LAWRENCE SIDBURY JR. holding up? Is he doing any good? RICHMOND ranked #9 in FCS. I think they will not have the ups this season they’ve had for the past three.

GregKennesaw

September 15th, 2010
3:38 pm

You mean like 4-12, then 11-5 playoffs, then 9-7 that kind of math

Coach

September 15th, 2010
3:39 pm

I think you have made a personal vow to think just one way so lets just let the season speak for itself and maybe we can pick this up during the playoffs. Sign Off – Coach Has Just Left The Building

@tlaNta fAlc0n

September 15th, 2010
3:39 pm

i swear i know what play their gonna call first next sunday, cut the Mularkey!

Season Ticket Holder

September 15th, 2010
3:41 pm

If the Falcons want the fans in the seats before game time, they need to improve the security screening process. I enter through gate B to get to my seats. There is always a long wait to be screened to enter the Dome.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

September 15th, 2010
3:43 pm

how bad is parking at the dome i am coming from way down south and i want to give my-self plenty of time to find parking .

JSS

September 15th, 2010
3:44 pm

Four hot dogs and a coke! Where have I heard that joke before?

Poor McKay

September 15th, 2010
4:21 pm

What’s the latest on Michael Jenkins?

ATL krusher

September 15th, 2010
4:27 pm

Parking at the dome is a pain in the ass, its all split up and you may just end up under a bridge and next to a railroad. Im getting there early, around 9am, to start tailgating and hopefully miss all the traffic coming in.

grimetime912

September 15th, 2010
4:31 pm

I’ll be at the game TAILGATING MY ##@$#@$ OFF. GO FALCONS!!!