Snelling, Wire expected to return to practice on Wednesday

00919 Atlanta - SNELLING TOUCHDOWN - Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling runs through a tackle attempt by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the first of his two touchdowns during 2nd quarter action for a 17-7 lead at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010.      Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

00919 Atlanta - SNELLING TOUCHDOWN - Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling runs through a tackle attempt by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the first of his two touchdowns during 2nd quarter action for a 17-7 lead at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons backup Running back Jason Snelling, who has  missed two games with a hamstring injury, and linebacker Coy Wire, a key special teams player, are expected to return to practice on Wednesday, according to Falcons coach Mike

Special teams maven Coy Wire.

Special teams maven Coy Wire.

Smith.

“Coy will be practicing on Wednesday,” Smith said on Monday. “He will be out on Wednesday in the dress that everybody else will be in. We are anticipating that we’ll get Jason Snelling back to practice on Wednesday.”

Running back Michael Turner has an ugly cut around his left eye, but it didn’t require any stitches.

“He got hit and scraped in the eye,” Smith said. “Michael shook that off and was able to run the ball. It think i happened in the first quarter.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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AtlFanStuckInTexas

December 13th, 2010
6:50 pm

It’s Our Time…..,. Rise Up

Ueeediot

December 13th, 2010
7:04 pm

On to the next game. Lets get healthy, and stay healthy in Seattle. Most important game is this week. Win this week, the hill gets considerably easier to climb.

[...] to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Michael Turner suffered a laceration around his left eye in Sunday’s win over the Panthers. [...]

Ueeediot

December 13th, 2010
7:12 pm

Wow, we noted early in the season that this team was deep at RB. They have performed too. Note the 18 play drive in the Carolina game!

Special Teams has been on tilt since the 1st Tampa game and destroyed Carolina. Getting Wire back just makes us a better team.

I dont buy into the “we’re the best team in the NFC”. Its all about this week’s matchup. This week… we match up nicely. Early vegas line is Atlanta -6.5. The only team that is the best in either conference wont be known until Jan 23rd.

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Larry

December 13th, 2010
7:40 pm

Overlooked in a highly successful season is the Falcons’ injury management. Starting with Jenkins. then Witherspoon, then Robinson–all starters–and now the valuable Snelling, the Falcons have managed to win and not make the costly mistake like last season (Michael Turner) of bring a guy back too early. If anything, they have erred on the side of caution by leaving them out one extra game to be absolutely certain one is fully heeled.

Falcon4life

December 13th, 2010
7:41 pm

If the Giants lose tonight, the falcons will lock up a play off spot.Go Vikes!

Willy

December 13th, 2010
7:49 pm

Why are they making Coy Wire wear a dress?

Big "T"

December 13th, 2010
8:06 pm

@ Willy I’d love to see you ask Mr. Wire that question face to face. MORON

thunderbull56

December 13th, 2010
8:17 pm

Rise up and “Dirty Bird”, gimme a break.We and our team deserve one helluva better moniker! Imaginations and wordplay suggestions welcomed.Example, “Mean Preen”, BAB’s, “Bad A$$ Birds”.RTPS,”Ryan and Turner Pray for Snow.” You get my drift,let me see something,that’s not lame,like Whooo hooo,we listen to in baseball season.

Charleston Falcon

December 13th, 2010
8:24 pm

Bring back the original uniforms or at least the ones Jerry Glanville brought in. Great to get Snelling and Wire back. Need to take this one in Seattle.

Southside Lady

December 13th, 2010
8:35 pm

Falcon Nation – RISE UP!! This in my opinion is a critical game. Seattle had a heartbreaking loss on yesterday, and they need this game bad to stay in the running in their division. I am believing the Smitty and the rest of the Falcons will be ready for this because Seattle is coming with everything they have. They were embarrased on yesterday, and after the bad game Hasselback had, we need to really be ready for any and everything. I am still hoping we end this season 14-2. Falcons, we must play 60 minutes of complete football against Seattle and then come home to defend the dome against the Aints!

WE CAN DO THIS!

Supes

December 13th, 2010
9:06 pm

Good news on all the guys coming back, esp. Snelling. We are gonna need his 3rd down abilities against Seattle and the Saints…

Brian F.

December 13th, 2010
9:57 pm

D Led If New Orleans wins out and we both finish at 13-3. Who wins the tie-breaker or would it come down to STRENGTH OF VICTORY which means the whole NFL season would have to play out before we know? Please let us know.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 13th, 2010
10:02 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 13th, 2010
10:02 pm

Goes to the third tie-breaker.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 13th, 2010
10:04 pm

Falcons only need to beat Seattle, Carolina to win NFC South

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

FLOWERY BRANCH – With the best record in the NFC at 11-2, the Falcons’ playoff fate is rather simple. If they win their remaining three games, they’ll earn the NFC South title and have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

“We don’t concern ourselves with what other teams are doing,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We try to concern ourselves with what we are doing.”

The Falcons, who are one game ahead of NFC South rival New Orleans, close the regular season with games at Seattle (6-7), New Orleans (10-3) and Carolina (1-12).

The Saints finish with games at Baltimore (8-4), at Atlanta (11-2) and Tampa Bay (8-5).

Due to a victory over Cleveland on Oct. 10, the Falcons could actually beat Seattle and Carolina, lose to New Orleans and still win the NFC South and the home-field advantage based on the NFL playoff tie-breaker system.

Should the Saints win out and the Falcons go 2-1 with a loss to New Orleans, both teams would finish 13-3 overall, 5-1 in the NFC South. The division title would be decided by the third tie-breaker, since the Saints and Falcons would be 1-1 in head-to-head games with identical division records.

The third tiebreaker is best-won-lost-tied percentage in common games: the Falcons would have a 7-1 record and New Orleans 6-2.

Their common non-division opponents are San Francisco, Arizona, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Baltimore. The Saints were beaten by Arizona 30-20 on Oct. 10 and by Cleveland 30-17 on Oct. 24. The only common opponent the Falcons lost to was Pittsburgh, 15-9 in overtime, on Sept. 12.

NFL PLAYOFF TIEBREAKER RULES — Two Clubs

1.Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).

2.Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.

3.Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.

4.Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.

5.Strength of victory.

6.Strength of schedule.

7.Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.

8.Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.

9. Most net points in common games.

10. Most net points in all games.

11. Most net touchdowns in all games.

gcs

December 13th, 2010
10:13 pm

Falcons really need Snelling back. No offense to Gartrell Johnson but he is not an adequate #2 running back.

Michael Turner has valiantly been carrying the load the last two weeks. He does not need to be getting beat up before the playoffs start.

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Oldatl

December 13th, 2010
10:35 pm

Mike Turner is definitely carrying the load. We really are missing Norwood right about now. Most of our offense depends on the run game and the depth chart is looking pretty shaky. I hope Snelling gets healthy enough to play because we really need some substitution going on.

Open Minded

December 13th, 2010
11:28 pm

Snelling started slowly as a pro running back….give Gartell Johnson a chance …. he is doing real well on special teams…

Samuel

December 14th, 2010
6:29 am

The Falcons need to treat this Seattle game as a must win. I think if they win, it will really setup that New Orleans game. I hope Snelling is back for that road trip. Let’s go out to Seattle and pound the rock down their throats. Physical, Go Falcons!!

JONESBORO SLIM

December 14th, 2010
7:27 am

I know there are many plays that we have seen early in the season and you say why aren’t we running that play or this play that worked so well for the Falcons in the Arizona game…you will again start seeing those plays and other new ones starting with Seattle and the Saints games………

JONESBORO SLIM

December 14th, 2010
7:27 am

I know there are many plays that we have seen early in the season and you say why aren’t we running that play or this play that worked so well for the Falcons in the Arizona game…you will again start seeing those plays and other new ones starting with Seattle and the Saints games………

mark

December 14th, 2010
7:36 am

listen falcons fans these are not our grandfather/father falcons, meaning this regime is solid/ good/ business. we have a three year model to go by. this team is always prepared, they don’t beat themselves. they play thru injuries. they don’t take any opponet for granted. that’s right the atlanta falcons. we have something special here. enjoy and cheer for the home team. rise up.

JONESBORO SLIM

December 14th, 2010
8:07 am

@ #84 Roddy White

Roddy you’re starting to get the nation national media attention referring to you as “good even great”
I hope its only me but it seens that this is starting to go to your head with the mouth out-breaks to defenders causing the team great harm…don’t let them get in your head they’re trying to ride on your back to accomplish their own success…..get your head back in gear and play like you did to get this level….If I’m wrong I apologize… and I hope I am……

JONESBORO SLIM

December 14th, 2010
8:19 am

I see the Falcons addressing the RB position…I don’t see Norwood returnig next year…so either Antone Smith 4.25 40yd dash or Gartell Johnson 4.81 40yd dash ..we’ve got to have a RB who can turn the corner…did we ever get a center last year?

waynester

December 14th, 2010
9:21 am

J Slim
We picked up Joe Hawley from Nev. as a OG/OC but thankfully, McClure has remained healthy. Gartrell Johnson isn’t the fastest back but if we can get him to the corner or get him the ball in the 2nd level he can do some damage. Love Snelling and hope he’s 100% soon…..

FrontRow

December 14th, 2010
9:44 am

@Jonesboro Slim…you watch too much TV. If you actually attend games, you will see that Roddy White is getting mugged on almost every play.

You want the trash talk to stop? The best way to do that is to flag the opposing defense the first time they shove Roddy after the play. Until that happens, don’t blame Roddy for defending his turf.

Greg from Marietta

December 14th, 2010
10:52 am

SAY, Has anyone heard from ‘SeenthisB4′ and his ‘Its our time’ mantra? If anyone does hear from him remind him that the ‘Aints time is quickly running out and that the new mantra is “Rise Up!”

Falcon57

December 14th, 2010
11:25 am

@Jonesboro, I agree about the running backs. I’ve mentioned on these blogs several times that I’d like to see Antone Smith used more on sweeps, screens and even returnes. He played at FSU and is a mirror of Leon Washington in Seattle who also played at FSU.

JONESBORO SLIM

December 14th, 2010
11:29 am

@FrontRow

Since you attend the games you must be sitting backward….all the good recievers are MUGGED, MANHANDLED..he’s not the first reciever to be handled this way and surely not the last..asks Jerry Rice (the greatest)…..So FrontRow turn your seat around and see the game instead of letting your seeing eye dog tell you whats happening…

JONESBORO SLIM

December 14th, 2010
11:33 am

@Falcon 57

Antone been out for some time with that hamstring..but seems like its more serious?

JONESBORO SLIM

December 14th, 2010
11:35 am

@Falcon 57

Do you think the Falcons will pick up Norwood next season?

JONESBORO SLIM

December 14th, 2010
11:48 am

Wheres everyone?..is there an “air raid”?

JONESBORO SLIM

December 14th, 2010
11:55 am

There must be an air raid……Let me get under a rock…See you later….

True Falcon Fan

December 14th, 2010
2:00 pm

Norwood will probably NOT be a Falcon next year, too bad because in my opinion he was very explosive. The only reason he probably won’t be back is because of his contract is set to conclude this year i’m told.

Seattle Next

GO FALCONS

Decatur Falcon

December 14th, 2010
3:14 pm

I will miss Norwood if he is not with us next year; he was an explosive player, but he is an injury risk. In the NFL you need players that heal quickly aspecially if they are going to have 18 game season next year. I am glad that Snelling is back, we get the load oof Turner. We have the playoff soon and we need to get healthy. Coach Mike Smith talks about taking care of your bodies, and that is what you got to do to get to the Super Bowl. Seattle is going to run on us, we have to get ready. Seattle isn’t going to have much of a passing attack unless they have someone on their practice squad. We will see, just take one game at a time. Seattle Next GO FALCONS!!!!

JB

December 14th, 2010
4:18 pm

Question to Atlanta’s medical staff: why didn’t they put an ice pack on Turner’s eye while he was on the sidelines? The eye could have swollen up by later in the game or could impair his peripheral vision for next week’s game (if it gets banged in practice).

True Falcon Fan

December 14th, 2010
8:14 pm

Turner “The Burner” is a “TOUGH GUY” he don’t need no ice man!

Seattle Next

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

True Falcon Fan

December 14th, 2010
8:16 pm

The Seattle game could be a trap game if Smitty does get our WARRIORS in the mind set!

Seattle Next

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

December 14th, 2010
8:51 pm

The only ice Turner needs is “Matty Ice.”

Suggestion for a new sign to be placed outside visiting teams’ locker room: “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”

Go Falcons!!!

DR. FALCON

December 15th, 2010
12:59 am

THE HEALTHIER WE ARE, THE BETTER! LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A LEGITIMATE SHOT AT THE ‘BOWL!!! BY THE WAY, THAT JANURARY 1981 PLAYOFF LOSS TO DALLAS STILL HURTS ME TO THIS DAY! BADLY! WE WERE 12-4, IN BARTKOWSKI’S BEST YEAR. THAT WAS OUR YEAR DAMNMIT!!! THE 2010 FALCONS SEEM MORE FOCUSED THAN THAT GROUP! ALTHOUGH LEEMAN BENNETT WAS TO BLAME FOR THAT HORRIFIC LOSS AT FULTON COUNTY STADIUM! I WAS THERE 30YRS AGO!!!!