Coleman returns to practice; Spoon misses third day

In the wildcard game on Jan. 3, 2009, Falcons safety Eric Coleman levels Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who had 6 catches for 101 yards and a score. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

In the wildcard game on Jan. 3, 2009, Falcons safety Eric Coleman levels Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who had 6 catches for 101 yards and a score. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons safety Erik Coleman, who has missed the last two games after straining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the season-opener against Pittsburgh, fully participated in practice on Friday.

Rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) and cornerback Brent Grimes (personal reasons) did not practice. Wide receiver Michael Jenkins was limited in practice.

William Moore, the team’s second round pick in the 2009 NFL draft, has started at strong safety in place of Coleman in victories over Arizona and New Orleans.

“William has done a very good job in his role as the starting safety the last two ballgames,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.

Smith doesn’t have a rule about a starter not losing his position because of an injury.

“You’ve got to be very fluid and be able to evaluate each and every week,” Smith said.

If Weatherspoon is unable to play, his snaps will be taken by Stephen Nicholas, who started last season. Weatherspoon, the team’s first round draft pick in 2010, is tied for the team lead in tackles with 27.

Grimes is probable. Coleman, Weatherspoon and Jenkins are all listed as questionable.

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35 comments Add your comment

Dean

October 1st, 2010
3:38 pm

I won’t say it.

Dean

October 1st, 2010
3:39 pm

The thing I like about the Falcons these days, one goes down, someone comes in a picks it up. Nice.

FrontRow

October 1st, 2010
3:53 pm

D’led no update on M. Jenkins?

K Bird

October 1st, 2010
3:53 pm

Hate to see Spoon out against the niners. Kid is a stud. Hurry back.

K Bird

October 1st, 2010
3:54 pm

But you are correct Dean, the Birds have some depth.

Falcandoit

October 1st, 2010
4:01 pm

Looks like we need to draft another 1st round linebacker in 2011 to replace Peterson or Nicholas next year. Either a linebacker or offensive tackle or guard if blalock or dahl is not re-signed.

Big O

October 1st, 2010
4:33 pm

At this time, I think the Falcons should make their 2011 1st round pick a big, fast, strong, and mean left tackle. Our present LT is good, but he seems to struggle in pass defense. An all-pro quality LT would help the offense a lot.

suwaneefalcon

October 1st, 2010
4:48 pm

You replace a rookie with last years starter….sweeeet! I say we will be all right at olb Sunday.

t larry

October 1st, 2010
4:53 pm

Go falcons, Lets all show up on time sunday! DOME FIELD ADVANTAGE!!!

Arthur Blank

October 1st, 2010
5:05 pm

I still want to have sex with Bristol Pailin, because i am a dirty OLD man that needs a bath.

Joel

October 1st, 2010
5:23 pm

Harvey Dalh and Clabo eat human meat before games!

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DawgDad

October 1st, 2010
5:33 pm

Spoon is one of those players you want to focus on and follow while watching a play develop. Sure would like to see him play this week, but if his ankle would benefit from more rest they should play it safe and let him heal fully.

Chop Buster

October 1st, 2010
6:04 pm

Glad to see Coleman back practicing. He’s been a very good mentor to Moore. Now we just Moore to relax so the coaching staff will have confidence in him to let him roam and make some Ed Reed plays. Is it me or does it seem Decoud has been making some bone-headed plays this year? Also, he hasn’t been as physical as he was last year. I want some wood layed on the opponent so they know they just played the new and improved Falcons defense. We definitely need to draft another linebacker to groom to replace Peterson; a speedy 6′3+ physical receiver who goes up and snatches with his hands (Fitzgerald type). Jenkins is a good decoy and we need him back in the lineup to stretch the field. I think Harry isn’t back to his old self yet.

This Gets Old!

October 1st, 2010
7:18 pm

jesus we’re not even through the 4th week and you guys are talking draft? There might not even be a draft next year!

Willy

October 1st, 2010
7:43 pm

Chop Buster, if that punt bouncing off the back of Decoud’s leg is what you’re thinking about – it’s just you.

joewhite

October 1st, 2010
7:56 pm

Yeah I agree harry is not all the way back and with jenkins being able to lineup in the slot it will open up our wr and te better in one on one matchups whiche we should win them. Cant wait til sunday and get to the dome so we can beat up the 49’s. ALL FALCONS FANS, LAST GAME THE UPPER DECK WE HAD A GOOD WAVE GOING, SO NOW LETS THE WAVE DONE CORRECTLY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM IN A UNIFED MANNER LIKE IT SHOULD BE. WE ASKED OUR TEAM TO SHOW US THERE FOR REAL, WELL HELL NOW SHOW THEM HOW REAL FOOTBALL CAN GET UP AND MAKE NOISE AND SUPPORT OUR BOYS. WE ALSO NEED TO DRAW MORE OFFSIDES BY SCREMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMING!1

Samuel

October 1st, 2010
8:34 pm

The Falcons need scores from the defense and special teams. I’m still waiting on Weems to finally break one.I hope Coach Armstrong focused on being a real Improved coverage unit this week. I don’t know why we don’t have two or three running plays for Antoine Smith, he’s supposed to be the guy with speed who can get to the outside.

zone6falconfan

October 1st, 2010
10:02 pm

to hell with the wave dammit make some freakin noise while the other team has the ball, the wave ish is played out bra…

kclubmember

October 1st, 2010
10:05 pm

The Atlanta Falcons are motivated by the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl victory.The guys seem to be playing with a chip on their shoulders.Go ATL Birds!

zone6falconfan

October 1st, 2010
10:10 pm

somebody please shoot (not literaly) the dj at the game please, we have the best music come out of atlanta and i hear is garbage and old ass music when we are trying to get the players and fan fans both hyped and excited about the next play, down, or series of downs, we gotta get the dome CRUNK so the players can feel the energy…the dome needs to be BOUNCING, ROCKING AND ROLLING FOR 4 QUARTERS…

willie

October 1st, 2010
10:55 pm

I hope it’s not a high ankle sprain for Spoon. That could linger for months. Do we know if it is?

Chop Buster

October 1st, 2010
11:07 pm

Willy does that punt have anything to do with how he plays on the field? Did I somehow bring that punt up in my message earlier? I don’t think. I’ll be nice tonight.

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Chop Buster

October 2nd, 2010
10:01 am

Well it seems I’m not the only one who has been looking at someone’s defense errors on the Falcons. http://life.atlantafalcons.com/topic/3902895-may-have-found-the-big-play-prob-on-defense/

Big Ray

October 2nd, 2010
3:03 pm

We need Weatherspoon. His coverage is a step up from anything I’ve seen in the LB corp in YEARS . And he’s SO quick to the ball.

Big Ray

October 2nd, 2010
3:09 pm

Chop Buster ,

I haven’t really seen any major issues with Decoud, but he was touted as most likely to have a breakout season. I never really agreed with that assessment for one reason: we shouldn’t NEED a breakout season from him. With a true #1 corner in Dunta Robinson, and improved pass protection from the LBs, that should help the safties, not force them to take their play to a whole new level.

But besides that, Decoud isn’t making many plays so far this season. No big pass breakups, interceptions, etc. He never struck me as being all that physical, particularly not when compared to Coleman and Moore, who are a pair of serious head-hunting predators. Decoud is a good coverage guy. But like you say, where have we seen that this season? I’d be disappointed, but the fact is, our defense has been so much better and so much more effective this season that I’m not trippin’ off of one guy.

Now if Decoud started playing like Chris Houston, I’d be barking loudly, LOL….

Big Ray

October 2nd, 2010
3:12 pm

As for those big runs, anybody blaming Decoud and only Decoud, wasn’t paying attention. It was Grimes who got blocked along with the pursuing LB on one of those runs. Watch it again.

Anyway, it’s typical to find one person who is struggling and jump all over them. It’s a new flavor every season, sometimes every month, and even every week.

Big Ray

October 2nd, 2010
3:13 pm

In the meantime, I’m so glad to see Moore proving me right that he was worth the wait, LOL

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

October 2nd, 2010
3:21 pm

I think Moore is the next Ronnie Lott.

Seriously..

FrontRow

October 2nd, 2010
3:40 pm

If you recall, Coleman was brought in as FS but with the departure of Lawyer Milloy moved to SS. Erik is better at FS and may be a better FS than DeCoud.

We might see Erik back at his old position soon.

Albert Einstien

October 3rd, 2010
9:43 am

Does it take me to point out Decoud being out of position and blowing coverage on the pass play? If you don’t know the play I’m talking about, don’t bother me with your comment

John Waynesworld

October 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

Al, that could be any safety, during any game, on any team. Plus you spelled your own name wrong, genius.

Albert Einstien

October 3rd, 2010
10:58 am

“John” you think? haha nm, but glad you noticed. To clear it up I’m a hugh Falcon Fan and from your name I assume I was when you were still crapping yellow. I like Decoud but he’s made more bonehead plays already this year than I remember from all of last year. Unlike JWW I could be wrong.
By the way DOL it don’t take me to know sooner or later you gonna have to open a Blog concerning Michael Vick. I’m not a Vick fan but see a lot of improvment in him on the field. Off the field, not so sure. Would be interesting to hear some discussion on that.

Hockey Biltong

October 3rd, 2010
9:18 pm

Hey Al,
What is a “hugh” fan.Does this come directly from your theory of relativity????
Inquiring minds want to “no”….