Injury report: White, McClure questionable for Ravens

Roddy White reacts to making a first down catch after returning to the game. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Roddy White reacts to making a first down catch after returning to the game. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons wide receiver Roddy White and center Todd McClure were limited in practice on Wednesday and are listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

White and McClure suffered minor knee injuries against Tampa Bay, but returned to the game. They didn’t practice on Monday or Tuesday.

Also, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon did not practice, but is listed as questionable for the Ravens game. He has not played in the last three games with a right knee sprain.

Tight end Justin Peelle, who is recovering from sports hernia surgery, will not play against the Ravens.

Wide receiver Brian Finneran (knee ribs), linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee), cornerback Brian Williams (groin) and running back Jason Snelling (knee) were limited in practice and listed as probable for the game.

Out  = definitely will not play

Doubtful  = at least 75% chance will not play

Questionable = 50-50 chance will not play

Probable = virtual certainty will be available for normal duty

All Clubs are required to provide the NFL office and issue to local media the names of injured players who missed any portion of 11-on-11 team work on Friday (and updated on Saturday and Sunday, if applicable).

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153 comments Add your comment

JSS

November 10th, 2010
4:07 pm

They’ll play…

Poppa Falcon

November 10th, 2010
4:22 pm

I HOPE they can suit up!! I STILL like my chances without ‘em in the DOME!

iron head

November 10th, 2010
4:22 pm

rub some dirt on it.

D Money

November 10th, 2010
4:24 pm

If they returned to the TB game after halftime, they will definitely play. The front office is playing head games with people. I just want to know if Roddy can go full speed and cut.

D Money

November 10th, 2010
4:25 pm

@ iron head…you are definitely old school. I haven’t heard that in years!!!! LOL

SeenHimHateB4

November 10th, 2010
4:42 pm

FALCONS IN A NAIL BITER 23-17. I’LL BE THERE TAILGATING IT UP GO FALCONS FLYIN IN FROM SAVANNAH IN THE MORNING!!!

Reeves

November 10th, 2010
4:42 pm

Do you think the chances of McLain spitting on one of the Falcons is questionable, probable, or doubtful?

Falcons73

November 10th, 2010
4:43 pm

I hate to say it, but it’s becoming quite obvious that Sean Weatherspoon is pivotal to the improvement/success of the Falcon’s D. If you look at the timeline of his injury and the sudden decline in mainly the secondary (which he helps tremendously matching up with tight ends and backs), you will see a correlation in yardage given up/breakdowns. He is a lot more important than I even imagined when they drafted him…hope he can play.

FrontRow

November 10th, 2010
4:46 pm

They’ll play. Question is will the Thugs take the bait and get caught taking a cheap shot at one of those knees.

Prolly so.

Snackhat

November 10th, 2010
4:48 pm

DOL, why dont the Falcons just make Weatherspoon inactive and open up that roster spot for somebody who can help us? He’s been out since New Orleans and im beginning to think that his knee injury is more serious than being reported.

FrontRow

November 10th, 2010
4:52 pm

@Snackhat….not so fast. Spoon is a rookie that never played more than 12 games in a season. Most rookies hit “the wall”.

Which would you rather see in December – a sore knee’d Spoon hitting the rookie wall or a fresh Spoon itching to hit somebody?

IMO the Falcons brass have already calculated that one.

Singletary

November 10th, 2010
6:20 pm

“Spoon — take a shot. They don’t have that much tape on you. We need everyone for this one, and we can all take a week off before the next padded practice. There is no team more despised in my house than the CRavens.

James

November 10th, 2010
7:03 pm

The Ravens will come down to ATL and stomp the falcons. Poor Matty Ice, I see an Ed Reed int returned to the houses. M. Turner will get roughed up again, just like at Pitt.

kaminari

November 10th, 2010
7:32 pm

HAHAHAHAHAH!!! This dude James thinks he’s psychic or knows something we don’t. With that insider information, you should go to Vegas & not tell the whole Falcon world.

This is gonna be a good game. Do you guys think the score will be higher than normal cause of the short week? It seems like defenses rather than offenses would be more prone to fatigue with two games in five days. Anyway, can’t wait for it! The Ravens are the best team in the AFC, for sure.

PMC

November 10th, 2010
8:46 pm

So basically Spoon tore something. They did this shady crap with Jerry too.

Spoon is done for the year I guess.

k-$$

November 10th, 2010
9:37 pm

If Spoon tore something and was out for the season, he would not be on the active roster, taking up a roster spot. They would clear room to bring someone in that could actually contribute.

k-$$

November 10th, 2010
9:38 pm

James, just curious. What does penis taste like?

James

November 10th, 2010
10:05 pm

Mattie Ice,
I was there for the 49ers game, and matt looked anything but ice. The Ravens are a better team than the falcons and joe is a better qb than Mattie Ice.

James

November 10th, 2010
10:05 pm

k-$$ ask your mother what it taste like she can tell you

Ray Lewis hits like a girl

November 10th, 2010
10:25 pm

Falcons 42

Crows 14

Falcon Jim

November 10th, 2010
10:44 pm

I’ve got a feeling. I feel it is going to be a monster game. Close. Hard hitting. Some guys will get hurt. It will be a showcase game.

I just hope the MIGHTY FALCONS WIN ! ! ! !

Eric C.

November 11th, 2010
2:09 am

Keep McClure, White, and Weatherspoon off the field. This AFC game is not as important as the remaining games. The Ravens will win anyway…don’t rush them back too soon.

Ellabell 1

November 11th, 2010
6:29 am

White and McClure will play. Falcons will win.

robertussen

November 11th, 2010
6:30 am

play them all EVERY game is important and this is a hard one and it will be a long week to rest for the next game

Sid

November 11th, 2010
8:18 am

Eric C.

November 11th, 2010
2:09 am
The Ravens will win anyway…don’t rush them back too soon.
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Dude, I see you are up late, whacha been smokin? .

Joe Tess Fish House

November 11th, 2010
8:20 am

How many times had I say this but Witherspoon is a bust if he cant play the gamnes!

Falcons got robbed on that draaft pick. They could of have had Suh.

Sid

November 11th, 2010
8:22 am

James

November 10th, 2010
10:05 pm
Mattie Ice,
I was there for the 49ers game, and matt looked anything but ice. The Ravens are a better team than the falcons and joe is a better qb than Mattie Ice.
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Actually James, Ryan has a better QB rating than Flacco.

Sid

November 11th, 2010
8:26 am

Joe Tess Fish House November 11th, 2010 8:20 am

They could of have had Suh
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Joe Tess Fish House, you want to explain how that was supposed to happen………..?

Personally I think spoon could play, I think they are just taking it real slow so he doesn’t blow out a knee…….defensive reaction is much different than on offense.

Joe Tess Fish House

November 11th, 2010
8:37 am

Simple. U trade up! They did it 4 Vick. They no they need help on defence so why draft an injry prune player like Witherspoon when U can have a stud like Suh.

Tea Party Meber

November 11th, 2010
8:39 am

Gettin Suh would of have been grate!

Sid

November 11th, 2010
8:40 am

James November 10th, 2010 7:03 pm
The Ravens will come down to ATL and stomp the falcons. Poor Matty Ice, I see an Ed Reed int returned to the houses. M. Turner will get roughed up again, just like at Pitt.
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After the Falcons put some lead in the W column tonight will you be available tomorrow morning for a little smackdown………….?

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Sid

November 11th, 2010
8:45 am

Falcons’ Ryan Cream of Talented Young Crop of NFL QBs

by Steve Wyche

Baltimore’s Joe Flacco has the big arm. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford has tremendous upside, except for durability concerns. The Jets’ Mark Sanchez can improvise. Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman, he has it all, except for experience. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan is the most complete of the lot.

They’re the young guns of the NFL, potentially the next generation of great quarterbacks. And in an informal survey of some of the league’s general managers and coaches, opinions varied on these quarterbacks, whom their respective franchises have pinned their futures to, and so far — except for Detroit — have reaped rewards. (Rookies Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy were not brought into the conversation because their bodies of work are more limited than the other five.)

The most positive reviews were for Ryan, Atlanta’s No. 3 overall draft pick in 2008. Although he’s not viewed as the best athlete or to have the biggest arm, he can make all the throws, he’s unflappable, and he’s got the leadership qualities that set him apart.

“He has the most college snaps at a major level of competition. He doesn’t have the best physical talent of the group, but he has good physical tools for the position,” said an NFC GM. “What’s most attractive is his mental makeup. Not a lot of peaks and valleys. He stays level and gives you a good chance to win every week. It’s great going to the stadium knowing that your quarterback will give you a good chance to win every week.”

Added an AFC defensive coordinator: “Ryan is efficient, and I think (he) and Flacco, to a large degree, are the same guy. They’re not asked to do much outside of their offense, and they do a good job running them. Ryan’s leadership sets him apart.”

Another general manager said Ryan has the edge over the other players at this point because of his “experience and history, so far.”

Ryan’s career record as a starter is 26-12, including a 17-1 mark at home that he will put on the line Thursday night when he faces Flacco’s Baltimore Ravens. He’s 0-1 in the postseason; Sanchez (2-1) and Flacco (3-2) have him in that regard. Stafford and Freeman haven’t been to the playoffs.

None of the five quarterbacks have overwhelming statistics, mostly because they have been asked to be game managers more than game savers.

Flacco, “has taken the next step,” says an AFC defensive coach said. “He looks like an NFL quarterback. I don’t ever think he’s going to be a gunslinger, but a lot of that is the system.”

Like Ryan, Flacco has started from Day 1 since being drafted 18th overall in 2008. Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron admitted that his young quarterback is hardly a finished product.

“The first thing you have to teach him is to win,” Cameron said. “Our philosophy is about letters (Ws and Ls), not numbers. He is developing while winning, and that happens a lot less than the other way around with young quarterbacks. He is just scratching the surface.”

“Flacco has the physical traits, but he has to have things in place, i.e. running game, good defense,” an NFC GM said. “He must take a step this year.”

Not surprisingly, last year’s first-round picks — Stafford (first overall by the Lions) and Freeman (17th overall by the Bucs) — were viewed as players who could eventually emerge as the cream of this young crop.

“Freeman has the most to offer from a pure talent standpoint and is showing he has the intangibles you look for as well,” a general manager said. “(He) could be the best in a year or two.”

Said a defensive coordinator of Stafford: “He seems to be the right guy. Of all those guys, he’s got the biggest upside. He could be that bell cow at quarterback. You could put the game in his hands and he could make all the plays you need to make. I’m not sure any of the others could do that. The question with him is his health. When he plays, you can see how good he is.”

Stafford has been plagued by shoulder injuries and on Sunday he suffered another separation of his throwing shoulder that likely will shelve him for the remainder of 2010.

No player drew more different opinions than Sanchez, who helped take the Jets to the AFC Championship Game as a rookie but has been inconsistent to date.

“I’m not sold on him,” the AFC defensive coordinator said. “He’s got the tools. I’m just not sure he’s got the personality to be a leader on that team.”

Sanchez was compared to Flacco in that he functions well in a system where the running game and other parts don’t require him to be a playmaker.

“Same as Flacco but less arm talent,” a GM said. “Ryan and Freeman have it all. Sanchez has a chance to be in their company.”

Sid

November 11th, 2010
8:54 am

Joe Tess Fish House November 11th, 2010 8:37 am
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Sure, as if Detroit or St Louis or Tampa Bay would have been willing to trade down. The Falcons had a pick @ 19, not much to bargain with unless they wanted to give up Ryan, White, and Turner.
Suh was going to be gone no later than 3 anyway. So, how was all this “Simple U trade up” supposed to happen……………enlighten me Joe Tess Fish House………..

FrontRow

November 11th, 2010
9:12 am

@Sid – JTFH “enlighten me”.

Only if you’re an aomeba.

Sid

November 11th, 2010
9:16 am

FrontRow

November 11th, 2010
9:12 am
Only if your an amoeba
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Now that was funny………………!!!

FrontRow

November 11th, 2010
9:21 am

If Spoon “tore something” but sitting around as a decoy, the Falcons have violated the CBA.

Spoon is a rookie that wasn’t going to make it into December, especially at the energy level he was playing. Keep him fresh for the stretch run and playoffs.

Ray Rice had (I think) 9 catches out of the backfield last week. Nicholas is pedestrian at covering TEs and WRs but above average when assigned to the RB.

PMC

November 11th, 2010
9:29 am

I’m just saying the inital reports from Spoon himself were. It’s nothing major…I’m good.

Ok, well 3 weeks later he’s still questionable… but his Questionable (50-50) has meant Doubtful or Out for the last 3 weeks.

If we are going to progress as a team, we need his defense against the short passing routes. I can see maybe holding him out another week in this one because it’s an AFC game but seriously, he’s been awesome when he’s played this year. We kind of need him to play at some point.

Tea Party Meber

November 11th, 2010
9:30 am

Not shure why some of U think Suh would not have been a grate draft pick here.

Joe Tess Fish House

November 11th, 2010
9:31 am

Hey PMC

Face it Witherspoon is a bust. N E 1 that injry prune can not help the team and there 4 is a bust.

Sid

November 11th, 2010
9:46 am

@ Tea Party…………..

did someone say Suh wouldn’t have been a great pick? Would have loved to have had the Falcons draft him………..fact is he wasn’t available to us.

Sid

November 11th, 2010
9:48 am

OMG, Spoon as a decoy………..? That is exactly where they would go, test him.

Tea Party Meber

November 11th, 2010
9:50 am

Suh was in the 2010 draft. That made him avaliable. N E deel can B done.

Sid

November 11th, 2010
9:53 am

Gentlemen, and for some of you I use the term loosely, Momma says I have to get off the computer for awhile.

Let’s stick Razor Sharp Talons in the heart of some Crows…………!!!

Play action pass, first play, first possession………PLEASE.

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Falcon Jim

November 11th, 2010
10:15 am

Witherspoon is a prune……………………

Sid

November 11th, 2010
10:16 am

Tea Party

At any price? yeah sure.

Sid

November 11th, 2010
10:19 am

Falcon Jim

Stop it, you’re killing me, killing me I say…………..

FrontRow

November 11th, 2010
10:19 am

Decoy as in maybe he will play. You are correct – if Spoon takes the field, the Raven’s o-line will go straight at his knees.

IMO he’s being held out in a manner similar to Dunta and Douglas in the preseason. Falcons could really use his early season energy in December and Nicholas is adequate, especially in this game against Ray Rice.

Let Spoon play through the injury and you will only have a rookie hitting the wall in December.

Jesse Stone

November 11th, 2010
10:24 am

I enjoy reading what others have to say about the game, but this new format is garbage.