Arizona WR Early Doucet out for Sunday’s game

rizona Cardinals' Early Doucet (80) celebrates after catching a 15-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona Cardinals' Early Doucet (80) celebrates after catching a 15-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)


FLOWERY BRANCH – Arizona wide receiver Early Doucet has a groin injury and has been declared out of Sunday’s game with the Falcons, according to the Arizona Republic.

He’s been battling with an abdominal area issue since training camp and underwent a battery of tests for a sports hernia on Wednesday.

Here’s the story from Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

Running back Beanie Wells has a bruised knee.

“He (Wells) did some limited work (Wednesday),” Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said on the conference call. “We’re going to really test him tomorrow and hope with the idea that he’ll practice Friday and have a chance to play on Sunday. We’re getting Early (Doucet) checked out, he went to see the doctor today. Thought it was his groin, so we’re waiting on the information back on that.”

Doucet, the former LSU standout,  was expected to fill the void left in Arizona’s passing game with the trade of Anquan Boldin to the Baltimore Ravens.

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SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

September 16th, 2010
10:40 am

First like the falcons will be I have faith its early

Jedi Falcon

September 16th, 2010
10:46 am

Almost First

waynester

September 16th, 2010
10:50 am

DLed What’s the story on Dockett dedicating this game to his mom? Guess I must’ve missed something….

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

September 16th, 2010
11:00 am

Who would name their kid “EARLY”???? Strange……just saying. Does he have a brother or sister named “LATE”???

Big Rod

September 16th, 2010
11:14 am

I have a good feeling about Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. If we play defense like we did last week, (minus the two 50 yard plays), we should ge the victory.

mrzizzle

September 16th, 2010
11:17 am

It seems to me with Michael Jenkins out, Matt Ryan has had some troubles with moving the ball without a balanced attack on the field. He seemed to force the ball to Gonzalez early in the Pittsburgh loss, and forced the ball to Roddy White on the late interception by Troy Polamalu. I think the Falcons would be better off with Douglas as a third option, and Finn as a fourth, which would no doubt create several coverage problems for the Cardinals DB’s. Turner should have a big game anyway, but the return of Jenkins, I feel will put Ryan back in his comfort zone. I would bet QB Derek Anderson for the Cardinals will have similar problems without Early Doucet.

Samuel

September 16th, 2010
11:30 am

Is Jenkins playing against the Cardinals? For some reason- the Falcons seem to need all their weapons, to help this young quarterback. He often times, goes to Gonzales before the check down process. Let’s take a page from the Saints, go to the open man and spread the wealth.

Early Cuyler

September 16th, 2010
11:47 am

My dreams are all dead and buried
Sometimes I wish the sun would just explode
When God comes and calls me to His kingdom
I’ll take all you sons o’ bi6(*$ when I go…..

Tom Pridemore was tuff

September 16th, 2010
11:51 am

@ sick and tired ….maybe his real name is Earl and people called him Early when was growing up so he went with it..???

E's Dirty Birds

September 16th, 2010
11:52 am

Samuel… well said… I wonder how many time Harry Douglas was open last week? We won’t know unless we see the tape. My guess is a bunch!!

Too Early to be injured

September 16th, 2010
12:10 pm

Hey Tom Pridemore is tuff…You got that right.

All we need now is the flu bug to get LF and a couple of their offensive linemen and we should have a chance, for a tie, if we make every field goal. GO KICKER!

Oh and by the way…

HEY RYAN…HOW ABOUT, MAYBE, CHANGE UP THE SNAP COUNT EVERY OTHER DECADE!!!!!!!!!!!

DogCatcher

September 16th, 2010
12:21 pm

Mike Vick is BACK as a starter in the NFL. Vick will be the starting quarterback for the Phillies when they take the field on sunday. Mike is back to his old form and will dominate the football game. I will be tuned in to that game instead of watching the pathetic Falcons lose games they should win. #7 will get his chance on sunday to light up the scoreboard and display his vast array of talents. Got to be like Mike!

Dennis

September 16th, 2010
12:26 pm

Hey S&T – Maybe they’d hoped he be a hall of fame pitcher like Early Wynn?

waynester

September 16th, 2010
12:51 pm

dogcatcher
www. eagles.com

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

September 16th, 2010
12:53 pm

a few of you have mentioned Ryan and his snap count , didn’t he do a great job of getting offsides penalties by changing the snap count as a rookie and he has gotten away from it more and more since and he didn’t seem to even try to do it at all against Pitt ? Seems like the coaches would pick up on that if we have.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

September 16th, 2010
12:55 pm

vick for the Phillies dang he is talented , is he a pitcher too ?
sorry couldn’t resist
go luck to mr vick in his future

JSS

September 16th, 2010
12:56 pm

He’s Early the III…

Greg

September 16th, 2010
1:29 pm

I may watch the Falcons this Sunday; I may not. I’m so down on this whole outfit right now, from Blank to TD to Smith (not so much the players), that I’m resigned to sitting this season out. Smith’s playing not-to-lose rather than to win, by not going for the 4th-and1 near the goal-line, told me volumes about the man as a coach. Not the kind of football I want to cheer for, frankly. Mularkey’s playbook is predictable and strangely narrow in its approach. Its hard to see how we can win consistently with him at the helm. I will say that van Gorder had his guys up. One last thought. They ought to make the following arrangement with Baker: from now on, every time you get caught holding, you pay a $10,000 fine to the team. Not the management; the TEAM.

MV77777!11

September 16th, 2010
1:35 pm

September 16, 2010: What will the Eagles do if Vick wins?

IT’S THE PLAY nearly everyone has talked about since Sunday.

Michael Vick, subbing for an injured Kevin Kolb against the Green Bay Packers, felt his protection collapsing midway through the third quarter and ran for 31 yards.

Packers 27, Eagles 20 Jets 21, Eagles 17 Eagles 20, Chiefs 17

It wasn’t just what Vick did. It was how he did it.

He was fast, lightning-fast, and elusive.

It was as if he hit a replay button on the “Michael Vick Experience” – that roller-coaster ride of highlight films that once made Vick the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback.

To be honest, it was a glimpse from the past many thought could not be seen again.

Apparently, Vick, who missed two full seasons while in prison on charges related to his dogfighting operation, still might be able to play a little bit.

Normally, that would be a good thing to say about your backup quarterback. But Vick isn’t your ordinary backup.

He was 40-30-1 as the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons from 2001-06. He guided Atlanta to the NFC Championship Game in the 2004 season. He made three Pro Bowls.

Vick turned 30 in June, and there is enough empirical evidence to suggest he might be better than several starting NFL quarterbacks – including Kolb.

Kolb was awful during his time on the field in the Eagles’ opening loss before getting knocked out of the game with a concussion.

Vick was impressive in the backup role, passing for 175 yards, rushing for 103 more and leading the Birds to 17 of their 20 points.

Indications are that Kolb, who failed a baseline concussion test yesterday, will not play Sunday in Detroit. That means Vick will take all of the practice reps and have the rest of the week to prepare for the Lions.

“If I’m the guy, then I’m going to get ready to try to put this team in position to win, and that’s still the ultimate goal,” said Vick, who would make his first start at quarterback since Dec. 31, 2006. “I don’t really go out and try to prove to anybody that I can still play this game.

“I just have to make the most of the opportunity and try to help this football team win until [Kolb] comes back and he’s healthy.”

But what if Vick plays well?

What if he leads the Eagles to a victory against Detroit and then the following week in Jacksonville?

What if, without even trying to, Vick proves to everybody he can still play?

Since coach Andy Reid makes the final decision, you have to take him at his word yesterday when he said, “Kevin knows he’s the guy.”

“Listen, I don’t want to slight [Vick] a lick if this thing works out, having this opportunity to start or even play in this past Sunday. He did a great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

alanfalcon

September 16th, 2010
2:18 pm

He’s still a dog killer anyway you slice it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FrontRow

September 16th, 2010
2:20 pm

Maybe he is just really really prompt.

FrontRow

September 16th, 2010
2:22 pm

On our side M Jenkins did not practice also, interesting, Eric Coleman DNP.

We gonna get some #25 this Sunday?

ReddJonn68

September 16th, 2010
2:23 pm

While we are worrying about their WRs, when does Jenkins return ???

@tlaNta fAlc0n

September 16th, 2010
2:56 pm

with the playcalling we still might lose this game, if I were Matt Ryan I’d snatch the two-way out and go with the no huddle all game

Joe Tess Fish House

September 16th, 2010
3:00 pm

Oh yeah, as if Jenkins will help. This team should of have signed TO…..One week already and I get to say I told you so!

@tlaNta fAlc0n

September 16th, 2010
3:02 pm

yeah I wanted T.O. also they need to make a push for Jackson out in San Diego

truth

September 16th, 2010
3:04 pm

Ok Vick did and will do what he always had….put on a show with a loss in the end. Big deal. woo hoo!! Go Vick run around like always and still lose. WOW! I’m amazed. “roll eyes”

GregKennesaw

September 16th, 2010
3:27 pm

Truth: good point, granted although Ryan has only been playing 2 years, his winning % is greater than the Con_vick’s

mikeDW

September 16th, 2010
3:42 pm

Go get Vincent Jackson! He can play opposite Roddy when he gets off suspension. Go Falcons.

(and I picked up MV7 for my fantasy league this week, so Go Get’um DogKilla!)

DJ Sniper

September 16th, 2010
3:42 pm

First of all, let’s get a few things out of the way:

No matter what Vick does this Sunday, can we please keep the focus on the Falcons for a change? While I wish him well, people need to accept the fact that he is no longer here and will never be a part of the team again. I realize this is wishful thinking and that if Vick does well this Sunday (or the rest of the season), you will have numbnuts all over these blogs screaming about how the Falcons should have kept him. Three words: Get over it.

Second, Vincent Jackson is not coming here. He’s looking for a big contract, and we’ve already got big money tied up in our two starting receivers. He would be nice to have, but again, it’s not going to happen.

Like a lot of Falcons fans, I’m down on our offense. Specifically, I’m way down on Mike Mularkey. The man needs to come up with a legit game plan to get us in the end zone. Figure out what works, and make adjustments when things aren’t working. Also, don’t get all cute and fancy when you get in the red zone. I’m not going to stop supporting the team, and folk need to stop acting like the sky is falling after just one game. Now, if this continues after the first 4-5 games, then it’s really time to get angry.

hiramsaint

September 16th, 2010
3:58 pm

i’ll bet you dawg fans have bitter memories of doucet so count his being out as a blessing

falconfanintitantown

September 16th, 2010
4:07 pm

Elementary, my dear Watson. Da birds need to keep up the solid defensive effort, o line needs to open lanes and protect ryan, and falcons will win. If smitty goes 4 4th down, ON da road and doesnt get it, all you overreactors would grill him 4 that too. I truly believe this team will be good this year. Theres a lot of ball left to be played. GOOUUXX@@%% FALCONS GIT R DUNN.

DogCatcher

September 16th, 2010
4:28 pm

Now that Vick is a regular starting qb in nfl again, and vick will most assuredly get his chance on Sunday, WHAT HAPPENS IF VICK OUTPLAYS EVERY QB IN THE LEAGUE THIS SUNDAY? I just had to ask that question because it is possible it could happen. What if the Eagles win 63-7 on Sunday and Vick throws for 6 tds and runs for runs for 3 more, rushing for 200 yards and throwing for 400 yards. Will Vick get his rightful due and win NFL PLAYER OF THE WEEK or will be be slighted as a former dogfighter, ex conVick and somebody else wins the award with lesser statistics. Stay tuned and watch Philly on Sunday to see for yourself how great #7 still is. Go #7.

FrontRow

September 16th, 2010
4:43 pm

What if your franchise QB breaks his leg then the owner wheels him out on the field then the QB lies to the owner about being a hood and a dog killer and the QB gets busted and put in jail for 2 years?

FrontRow

September 16th, 2010
4:44 pm

Point is there is a difference between reality and fantasy. You should stick to your fantasy.

bird dawg

September 16th, 2010
5:21 pm

Thank you FrontRow. WHO CARES ABOUT VICK? He is an eagle now, and why you can wish him well, how can any one blindly forget how he crapped all over the FALCONS. Can we please seperate blogs for true FALCON fans and the bandwagon jumping vick fans. How can any falcon fan root for a felon, dog killing, underachieving, FORMER falcon who happens to be fast. There is the other obvoious reason that i wont mention.

DogCatcher

September 16th, 2010
5:53 pm

Front Row and bird dawg: I hate to say it but it appears you both are JEALOUS of Mike Vick’s superior skills. Last week Vick almost singlehandedly led his Eagles to upset the Packers (a team most experts are picking to be in this years superbowl). Vick made one bad decision in that game, and if he didnt make that bad decision, the Eagles would have won the game 27-20 instead of losing 20-27. The play was a third and five and Mike Vick rolled out to his left and it appeared he had TWENTY YARDS OF DAYLIGHT TO RUN. Instead of running, Vick instead forced an 8-yard pass BEHIND THE RUNNER and it was intercepted and led to a packers td. Had Vick converted like he should have, VICK WOULD HAVE BEATEN THE TEAM (Packers) that ALL THE EXPERTS ARE PICKING IS GOING TO THE WIN THE SUPERBOWL THIS SEASON. That proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Vick still has the magic and is still one of the five best players in the NFL today.

waynester

September 16th, 2010
6:16 pm

Dogcatcher
the same can be said of Matt Ryan–he only had one bad play–an INT–and woulda, shoulda coulda….

waynester

September 16th, 2010
6:17 pm

ps
who are the other 4 guys?

DJ Sniper

September 16th, 2010
6:26 pm

DogCatcher, are you serious? Nobody on these blogs is jealous of Vick or any NFL player (although I could use a game check or two from one of them, lol). It baffles me how people in Atlanta refuse to let this thing go. There’s nothing wrong with continuing to be a Vick fan (personally, I’m glad he got a second chance in the NFL), but people need to move on from the past and support the team going forward.

Then again, this is Atlanta, home of the fair weather bandwagon jumper fan.

DogCatcher

September 16th, 2010
6:36 pm

waynester: I’m glad you asked!!! The other 4 guys are Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Brett Farve. Mike Vick is STILL the fifth best player in the league and was once the HIGHEST PAID PLAYER in the league. Vick is also the only player in nfl history to rush for over 1000 yards in a single season as a starting nfl quarterback. That record is enshrined in Canton, Ohio and will remain unchallenged forever.

waynester

September 16th, 2010
6:42 pm

Gotta agree with DJ Sniper on this one; and dogcatcher–c’mon–Vick doesn’t belong in the elite handful on your list. Its like the game on Sesame Street. “One of these things is not like the others–one of these things just doesn’t belong”(You can tell I’ve got young’uns). All the other guys have hoisted the Lombardi trophy and have brought glory to the league–not shame and disgrace…..

SirReal

September 16th, 2010
6:51 pm

Everyone, can we please shut up about Vick…I’m talking to those who do and those who dont. ANYWAY, this is about that receiver who’s out that wont matter because they still have Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston. I keep telling people not to sleep on Breaston. He’s an excellent wideout and I wish the birds had him instead of jenkins….he’d be a true compliment to White….but i want him to play like trash on Sunday. :)

FrontRow

September 16th, 2010
6:52 pm

Vick don’t belong with the others; all the other u named all have SB rings.

FrontRow

September 16th, 2010
6:56 pm

And I’m not jealous. I got to watch MV play dozens of games in the dome and I enjoyed most of it, but he aint here and its time to move on.

MV77777!11

September 16th, 2010
7:21 pm

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DogCatcher

September 16th, 2010
7:26 pm

OK, OK I’ll shut up. I really threw vicks name out there just to see if Vicks name can still dominate a sports blog. I know vick stinks and will never amount to anything in the nfl ever again. I’m still a fan and I want him to do good. The only thing I’m hoping for right now is that Vick beats out Kolb and takes over the starting qb position for the Eagles. Next, Vick goes on to lead the Eagles to the playoffs. Vick then charges ahead in the playoffs and leads the Eagles to the superbowl. Vick then caps off his career with a superbowl VICKtory and THEN and only then can Vick now take his place alongside Farve, Brees, Manning and Brady because Vick would have resurrected his career and restored his good name for the Vick name to mean greatness once again. When Vick somehow hoists the Lombardy trophy can he then be mentioned in the same breath with the other great qbs. I hope this is the year that Vick thrills us all again with the superlative talents and his genius football IQ.

FrontRow

September 16th, 2010
7:30 pm

Moving on….the blog concerns injuries did anyone notice Eric Coleman is not practicing? I sure would like to know if Wm, Moore could have run down Mendenhall last week and would sure like to see him hitting some Cardinals this week.

ryan

September 16th, 2010
8:54 pm

I think if Falcons loose another game and Ryan has bad game i believe TD will jump into V Jax sweepstakes .

mcbubba

September 16th, 2010
9:18 pm

If the Vikings land V.Jackson, is there any chance they considered parting with Sidney Rice?