An ode to Jerious Norwood

In other news, Running back Jerious Norwood returned to practice and wide receiver Harry Douglas will play on Thursday vs. New England. Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

The electrifying Jerious Norwood, one of the nicest guys on the team, has had an injury-plagued career with the Falcons. Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

Perhaps coach Mike Smith just didn’t want to jump the gun Monday. But we don’t know why he’s gone all Bill Belichick on the media over injuries.

It was already out that Jerious Norwood had a torn ACL. He was seen in the locker room on crutches. He sent an e-mail to an associate

Norwood is an avid fisherman.

Norwood is an avid fisherman.

stating that his ACL was torn, but that he was in good spirits. His family was already apprised of his status.

Smith said the team was still evaluating things and if there was a season-ending knee injury that an announcement would be made.

They made it today and announced some other moves.

Norwood suffered a torn ACL in his right knee on the opening kickoff of the 41-7 pasting of the Cardinals. He tripped on Shann Schillinger’s foot and his right knee slammed into the Georgia Dome turf.

The players already knew that Norwood was done for the season on Monday.

Norwood had speed to burn.

Norwood had speed to burn.

“We are a run-first offense,” wide receiver Roddy White said. “We are just looking forward to next week. Mike (Turner) will be able to play. (Jason) Snelling will be backing him up and we’ll keep rolling.”

The Falcons also announced the addition of running back Gartrell Johnson to the active roster and terminated the contract of linebacker Bear Woods, who was on the practice squad. They signed running back Shawnbrey McNeal to replace Woods.

Johnson was a fourth-round draft pick of the Chargers in 2009. He had 43 yards on 13 carries for the Giants last season.

McNeal was signed by San Diego as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Southern Methodist. He was waived following training camp.

He rushed for 1,188 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior and was honorable mention all-Conference USA.

Norwood has been injury plagued over his career with the Falcons.

“Unfortunately, since we’ve been here Jerious has had some bumps and bruises and some missed time,” Smith said. “But he is a very talented football player and he’s been a guy that’s contributed to the success that we’ve had.”

When asked about the ACL tear on Monday, Smith said, “I don’t know where that report is coming from. We’ve had testing done and evaluation done this morning. We are going to continue to evaluate it. If it is indeed the case. Then we would announce that. But again,

Jerious Norwood on the move.

Jerious Norwood on the move.

that will come on Wednesday when we give our injury report.” (Umm, it came from an e-mail Jerious sent.)

The coaching staff thought Norwood could help them on third down. Norwood, who had four accrued years in the league, was a restricted free agent and received a second round tender last season. He was set to receive a salary of $1.759 million or 110 percent of his 2009 salary, whichever is greater.

“There is always a sense of frustration anytime that you don’t have your best players out there on the field,” Smith said. “That’s not necessarily directed toward Jerious or anyone else. Any time you don’t have your best players out there who give you the best chance to win, it is frustrating.”

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161 comments Add your comment

waynester

September 21st, 2010
7:22 pm

First off, I’m glad we picked up some help at RB–but losing Bear Woods is too high a price to pay….

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 21st, 2010
7:28 pm

Waynester — You loved the Bear! He was likable.

Paddy O

September 21st, 2010
7:28 pm

you really feel bad for Norwood.

Sly Ty

September 21st, 2010
7:30 pm

Waynester, apparently not about Bear Woods. There were others on the practice squad who could have been wacked. We will miss Norwood’s speed. However, with the overall depth that Smitty and TD have created this is not as bad as the Saints losing Reggie Bush.

falconneil

September 21st, 2010
7:30 pm

the staff made a HUGE mistake for letting Dmitri Nance go to the practice squad where he could be poached by Green Bay. he would have been the perfect replacement for Jerious. But no. We chose Antone Smith for some reason. Big mistake.

Sly Ty

September 21st, 2010
7:32 pm

I hate to be negative hiramsaint, but we both know the Reggie Bush injury is just the beginning of the Madden Curse.

FrontRow

September 21st, 2010
7:34 pm

I’m guessing Antone Smith was inactive last Sunday. I was hoping the Falcons would keep JN off the return team but my worst fears came true.

Here’s to hoping Jason Snelling doesn’t get hurt.

yo mama

September 21st, 2010
7:35 pm

D LED, we need to not have turnovers sunday if we want to win. The Saints are making a living off of others mistakes. So, far they havent scored much without turnovers. Protect that Ball!

dawggy style

September 21st, 2010
7:36 pm

Why is Bear Woods playing football? He should be on the golf course getting ready for the Ryder Cup.

FrontRow

September 21st, 2010
7:36 pm

brilliant…perhaps yo mama should be on the advance scout team or maybe the TD’s personal assistant.

FrontRow

September 21st, 2010
7:37 pm

The only reason bear woods was around is cuz his middle name (acronym) is SIT.

Don

September 21st, 2010
7:44 pm

The Glass Rocket is down.

Sly Ty

September 21st, 2010
7:48 pm

I believe the Falcons have a solid offense and a solid defense. I don’t think the birds will turn the ball over 4 times, and give up a safety as the 49ers did against the Saints. We have a fair chance to compete well against them this time.

Flying V

September 21st, 2010
7:49 pm

J-Rock will truly be missed. He is a great leader in the locker room and in the community. I wish him the best and will keep him in my prayers for a full recovery. Lets go Falcons and get well Jerious!

william cranman

September 21st, 2010
7:56 pm

Ditto Flying V. Well said. Good luck Jerious.

FrontRow

September 21st, 2010
7:58 pm

I don’t expect the Falcons to choke like the 49ers did; nor do I expect the Saints to defend the toilet Dome like they were the Pittsburg Steelers on opening day missing their starting QB.

I do expect a whole bunch of WhoDats whining every time a Brees pass falls incomplete. I can only hope the refs call the game evenly but after 4+ years of seeing the NFL help them out, I don’t think that dream will come true.

nes

September 21st, 2010
7:58 pm

Well, D.O.L., i truly hate this happened to J.Norwood but i think all of us bloggers knew it was just a matter of time before he went down again. Like Norwood himself said, some players are injury prone, for whatever reason he’s had that fate on him. Best of Luck J. Norwood in a complete recovery. Is A.Smith activated this week? no news about him at all today, also i do think we should have kept D.Nance as he could sure get across the goal line in preseason games!
Also worth mentioning is the meltdown last sunday by S.Baker, on three straight plays penalties were called against him, he also has four (4) holding calls in two games and Falcons coach Smitty says its not problematic and its the re-positioning of Referee in backfield and other little things. Well, better go back and count the sacks in with the holding calls as Baker is off to a terrible start at LT and Ryan is going to pay the price on these missed blocks leading to sacks of Ryan or the dreaded yellow flag for holding! the holding calls and sacks are called drive killers for a reason.
Now the Saints get a taste of the scheduling we had last year, monday night game on the road and a short week to get ready for the Falcons! Make no mistake about it, Falcons go into N.Orleans looking for revenge and a Win! Falcons 24-17 at long last!

GetwhatUpayfor

September 21st, 2010
8:00 pm

Turner the burner needs to turn it up. Falcons need to get another back.

oldbird

September 21st, 2010
8:03 pm

Hope we can go on the road and beat NO, we definitely played them tough last year. I really wish that Jerious had better luck with his career here, such an exciting player. Anyway, we have got to bear the Saints because looking up at Tampa Bay in the standings is making me want to puke. How nice the schedulers were to them.

oldbird

September 21st, 2010
8:04 pm

beat not bear.

SeenThisB4

September 21st, 2010
8:04 pm

FrontRow: In other words, you’re bracing youself for the falcants getting beat down on Sunday. LOL!

Carlos

September 21st, 2010
8:08 pm

Jerious,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Get well soon! Thank you for all the contributions you have made to the team and the local community.

FrontRow

September 21st, 2010
8:08 pm

Nope. I expect the NO faithful to find any excuse for Sunday EXCEPT their NFL-propped heros are anything more than mediocre.

We all saw the homey ref call last night. The Aints Nation will be the last to realize that those types of obvious bad calls are not normal in the other 15 NFL games played every week.

ryan

September 21st, 2010
8:08 pm

So long Norwood that why it was stupid to get rid of Demetri Nance .

Reid Adair

September 21st, 2010
8:10 pm

D-Led, since it appears you’re criticizing Coach Mike Smith’s timing/handling of the announcement, how is it that Jerious Norwood’s e-mail to an “associate” became public? I noticed that was omitted from the blog post.

Jimmy

September 21st, 2010
8:17 pm

This is the time for the team to cut ties with Norwood.
It is unfortunate…but that it football.
We need to replace that speed and elusiveness.
Who is this guy they signed?

SeenThisB4

September 21st, 2010
8:18 pm

That’s it FrontRow, keep repeating it, sooner or later, you might start to believe it yourself. Bad calls are part of the game, ask Detriot, dufus.

FrontRow

September 21st, 2010
8:24 pm

Another guess….J Norwood walked off the field after the opening kickoff and was diagnosed and carted off on the sideline later.

I missed that part as my seats are on the opposite side of the dome from the Falcons entrance. At any rate, Norwood was absent from the sideline but, in the second half, M. Turner was warming up as if he was going to see more action.

I also guess A Smith was inactive AND the Falcons mgmt did not notice that D. Anderson gave up after the wood brought to him by Mr. Moore (forcing a time out).

It was nice to see, finally, the team give Snelling a bit of rest by running the dive to #34 about 47 times in a row. #44 is made to dish the pain, not take it especially at garbage time.

SeenThisB4

September 21st, 2010
8:26 pm

Who is this Norwood character? Did he ever do anthing for the falcants?

Reggie Bush’s injury is a real loss,…. Norwood? Who was he? Your back-up fumbler?

Scott Anderson

September 21st, 2010
8:26 pm

this should finish out J Norwoods Falcon experience.

bob horner, chipper jones, et all

we got nothing but false hopes

FrontRow

September 21st, 2010
8:28 pm

Make my point for me B4…bad calls are part of SAINTS games. Most other games are played without such blatant homerism.

FYI the Detroit overrule was 100% correct according to the rules. Further, if it was ruled a TD it would have been overturned.

All that said, there is still NO REASON AT ALL for the refs to give the ball to the Saints after the non-touch. The ref never saw the ball touched but still decided otherwise and there is no way you can get around it except to admit the favoritism – it was BLATANT.

SeenThisB4

September 21st, 2010
8:38 pm

What play are you talking about Front Row? The punt where the niner looked like he touched the ball, or the one where he actually did muff it?

As for Detroit, I don’t care what they ruled, THAT WAS A TOUCHDOWN!, Detroit got screwed.

FrontRow

September 21st, 2010
8:47 pm

Perhaps the TD rule needs to be changed but for now the ruling in the Lions game was correct.

A far cry from the refs taking away one of the 49ers challenge flags. I never saw the rest of the game; at that point I turned it off knowing, with those refs, the Saints chances of winning were greatly enhanced.

Maybe it just been too long since you have seen a fairly officiated game.

And no, it did not even “look like” the 49er touched the ball.

waynester

September 21st, 2010
8:47 pm

DLed
I do think a lot of Woods. He’s a terrific young man who worked his butt off to make this team. Don’t get me wrong–I like Norwood a lot as a person, a fishin’ buddy, a neighbor, but not as a pro player with his injuries. I’d like to see him still be able to walk to the lake when he’s old and grey not stuck in a hoverround due to additional leg injuries. Hopefully, we’ll figure out which one of the newly-added RBs will stick and bring Bear back on board before some LB-needy team snaps him up.
B4
Seems I recall Bush putting it on the ground quite a bit, too….FRONTROW has it right and you know it. The League has spent millions propping up the NO franchise over the last 6 years to prevent it’s loss to San Antonio–they don’t want another Texas team–and between the league and ESPN they have bent over backwards to promote the Saints and their home city….

RomeDawg

September 21st, 2010
8:49 pm

I feel bad for Norwood but we all knew it was a matter of time. Great athlete but injury prone. When you see a guy with his talent you wonder, “what might have been?”. Norwood struck me as an injury prone Chris Johnson.

dbird1

September 21st, 2010
8:56 pm

I was always a huge fan of Norwoods. he’s a great player when healthy. but…the guy cant take a hit. Good luck to him. I’m glad i decided on a #84 jersey instead of the #32

FrontRow

September 21st, 2010
8:57 pm

The way I see it the Falcons have nothing to lose….lose as expected or mash the ESPN-dollies like they did the Cardinals.

Maybe B4 and hiramsaint need to take a look at #25 busting D. Anderson’s lip and forcing a time out. I don’t think you all get to see that action on TV.

These Falcons, especially the defense, are NASTY. Heck, envy B. Finneran got a NASTY flag last week.

Were coming, and were bringing a whole lotta nasty.

O. G. Falcon Fan

September 21st, 2010
8:58 pm

Good Ridance, He is worthless.

PMC

September 21st, 2010
9:01 pm

We’ll miss you J Rock. Hope the fishing is good though man.

Wooderson

September 21st, 2010
9:06 pm

Good God Norwood. I hope you wear a ski mask when you pick up that check every month. Dude gets hurt brushing his teeth in the morning… time to cut his ass

truth

September 21st, 2010
9:11 pm

Remember when Rocky went to Russia to box and B4 the fight was over the Russians were cheering for Rocky? Well that’s how the Superdome will be B4 the 4th qrt in the Big Sleezy. FALCONS! FALCONS! FALCONS!

SeenThisB4

September 21st, 2010
9:11 pm

Waynester: The NFL and a whole lot of other people nationwide, including Atlanta, did a lot for New Orleans, that’s a fact not lost on me BUT playing home games in New York, San Antonio, and Baton Rouge weren’t part of it. I guess that fact was lost on you. Saints came back renewed in 2006 with 30+ new faces on the active squad, and a new coaching staff that made it their mission to rebuild the Saints, as the city was rebuilding itself. It took four years to go from doormat to to the penthouse. Did we get lucky along the way, sure, there’s always a little luck involved, but we’ve had our share of bad bounces too, Payton for instance had one of the worst red flag challenge outcomes in the league, lost a bunch of games to because our kickers couldn’t hit easy fgs much less game winners, and we’ve had our own fair share of injuries. But we manage to stamp the words “Property of the New Orleans Saints” on the falcants since 2006! Just like we will on Sunday.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

truth

September 21st, 2010
9:12 pm

Yea pretty lame.

SeenThisB4

September 21st, 2010
9:13 pm

truth: Even Stallone is a Saints fan!

truth

September 21st, 2010
9:14 pm

Seen that last post sounds alot like the Falcons the past two years building a team from scratch. Thanks for confirming……THIS IS OUR YEAR!!!!!

This Gets Old!

September 21st, 2010
9:17 pm

Don’t get into any conversations with Saints fans

truth

September 21st, 2010
9:17 pm

Man this is great, I can sense the fear in you Seen. You know your team is in for a rude awakening. Ya’ll want know what to do with the speed of our defense and offense. Sorry guy but we will stroll down the field on that sorry defense ya’ll have. You know it’s true, you guys made the 9ers look like a dynasty offense. Have some pride boy ya’ll couldnt stop them, they had to stop themselves/

JOEinPHX

September 21st, 2010
9:18 pm

This is more a paean than an ode, but I see where you’re goin’ DOL.

truth

September 21st, 2010
9:19 pm

GEAUX FALCONS! What? Ya’ll stole who dat from daaaaaaa Bearz.

truth

September 21st, 2010
9:20 pm

Hope to see both Turner and Snelling in at the same time. Man that would not be easy to defend.