Injury report: 3 starters return to practice

 

The Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders proudly show off their pink tops in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

The Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders proudly show off their pink tops in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons had three starters return to practice and signaled that All-Pro wide receiver Roddy White has recovered from his thigh injury on Thursday.

Center Todd McClure (right knee), tight end Tony Gonzalez (elbow) and safety William Moore (left shoulder) all returned to practice and were limited. They are expected to play against Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

White, who’s been battling his injury all season, fully participated in practice for the first time in three weeks. He will be needed because Julio Jones (hamstring) has already been announced “out” of the Carolina game.

Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee) and defensive end Cliff Matthews (knee) were both limited in practice.

In addition to Jones, defensive end John Abraham (groin), cornerback Christopher Owens (concussion) and safety James Sanders (safety) did not participate in practice.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Falcons > Everyone

October 13th, 2011
6:37 pm

Good to see Mud Duck and Moore return to practice. We need these guys badly. DOL..what was the injury to James Sanders, and are the Falcons concerned about the amount of snaps Shann Schillinger may have to take during the Carolina game?

JSS

October 13th, 2011
6:46 pm

Is that the only picture that you have of those young ladies? Falcons depth chart looks like a episode of The Walking Dead!

big b

October 13th, 2011
7:02 pm

thanks for the picture D Led

DR. FALCON

October 13th, 2011
7:13 pm

ALRIGHT! LETS TURN THIS THING AROUND! GIVE TURNER 25-30 CARRIES, AND TAKE OUR CHANCES! WE WILL WAIT FOR JULIO. GO BACK TO BASICS, PLEASE! 11-5?

Jack

October 13th, 2011
7:22 pm

Basics worked last year.

Keeping it Real

October 13th, 2011
7:33 pm

Would sure help to have Abe back.

Home School Drop Out

October 13th, 2011
7:58 pm

Have you heard the latest from the NICKEL and DIME Conglomerate?
They are trying to STOP TAILGATING SO YOU WILL SPEND more money at the DOME.
You can’t enter the parking lot more than FOUR HOURS before the GAME.

Nickels and DIMES,

jerry

October 13th, 2011
8:00 pm

An injury to Turner would be disastrous as they would be down to a 3 play game plan.

Yellow Lot Marriage Saver

October 13th, 2011
8:12 pm

Sorry ‘high school drop out’, this is a new rule for NFL and MLB because fans have started beating each other up into a coma!!! Less time to fight like West coast idiot fans!

robert

October 13th, 2011
8:15 pm

Dink and Dunk offense is the best. I hope we RISE UP this sunday and that Cam Newton doesnt run wild.

Einstein

October 13th, 2011
8:28 pm

We’re gonna go 12-4.

Tampa Bay Cheerleader

October 13th, 2011
8:43 pm

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Tampa Bay Cheerleader

October 13th, 2011
8:44 pm

Nice looking b-cups

ZinoDawg

October 13th, 2011
8:49 pm

Don’t much matter who’s hurt. As long at Matty can’t throw and Dunta can’t cover we’re toast!!!

Yellow Lot Marriage Saver

October 13th, 2011
8:53 pm

Cant look past the Panthers anymore!!! Our next 5 games are in Domes! We dont look like we are running in quick sand when we play indoors.

Tell it like it is.

October 13th, 2011
9:07 pm

If we don’t put pressure on Cam,Steve Smith will be running wide open allover the dome.

Keeping it Real

October 13th, 2011
9:38 pm

Basically, it comes down to if we don’t beat the Panthers, we are toast as far as the playoffs are concerned. If we win, we still have a chance. Basically, this is a playoff game.

Larry

October 13th, 2011
9:42 pm

When Cam is announced, everyone in the Dome should hold up a poster with an illustration of a laptop being thrown out of a dorm window.

The Falconator

October 13th, 2011
9:48 pm

It won’t matter who is off the injured list or who is in or out of the lineup if the offensive play-calling and defensive plan don’t get both more imaginative and more reactive quickly. At least the inevitable 8-8 or 7-9 finish means an easier schedule next year…if there’s anyone left who cares. Mr. Blank, please kick some butt!

james kirkland

October 13th, 2011
9:50 pm

HAVE I MISSED THIS GREATEST SHOW ON TURF 2 OR THAT WA JUST A MYTH. WATCH GREEN BAY AND HOW THEY THROW TO 12 DIFFERENT RECIEVERS MATTY ICE COLD. PLEASE START USING MIER, DOUGLAS, JOHNSON, SMITH, RODGERS, WEEMS, ETC.

fan

October 13th, 2011
10:01 pm

The great show did appear at Dome, but they lefted and went back to Green Bay!!!! it was not our beloved falcons.

redburdlaidaturd

October 13th, 2011
10:01 pm

Time to Slice “Matty Ice”..He has more issues than National Geographic..Matt still locks in his primary targets, has very poor read progression which leads to spreading the ball around. It seems like Matt is operating at a half-step slower than everyone else. Offensive line issues are an excuse. He has taken too many sacks, fumbles the ball, can’t throw a good deep ball. No answers for the Falcons as they have leveraged their next two drafts on a soft Julio Jones who was injury prone at Alabama and has continued his wounded path to the ATL..

GT GRAD

October 13th, 2011
10:02 pm

No huddle offense from start to finish this game and let’s just see what happens!

Yellow Lot Marriage Saver

October 13th, 2011
10:05 pm

Matty definitely knows where he is going with the ball before the snap. There is no second or third option. First option not open, he is throwing is away or taking the sack unfortunately.

hiramsaint

October 13th, 2011
10:10 pm

i thought gt grads would be a bit more educated than to make a statement like that. regardless , we know what happens-panthers 2-4 and tied with the failclowns for last place in the nfc south. GEAUX PANTHERS !!!

redburdlaidaturd

October 13th, 2011
10:15 pm

The Falcons are playing like “My Daddy’s” Old dirdy birdees..Big and Badd. with an emphasis on BADDD!!! Birds of Prey..Right..More like Preyed Upon..Where is Jim Mora, talkin’ about playoffs..Not happening this year..

Injury Bug

October 13th, 2011
10:15 pm

Nibble nibble nibble- Time to get me a few more and bring you back down to earth after I let you slide last year and you repay me with the # 6 seed blowing you out of your own house. Oh yeah , you’ll repay me this year and I’m far from finished yet !

tjhook

October 13th, 2011
10:16 pm

Would love to meet the cheerleaders who are 2nd and 3rd from the left- ROWR!! Those abs on the tall one are a turn on! And her buddy’s lips – HELLO!!

tjhook

October 13th, 2011
10:19 pm

by the way, I’m ready for a Chris Redman sighting. At least he knows how to read a defense and throw the ball downfield

t_height

October 13th, 2011
10:23 pm

GT GRAD: the no huddle is what kills the falcons. Matty Melt ( sorry I’m sticking with this name) can’t throw and he completely forget to run the ball

redburdlaidaturd

October 13th, 2011
10:25 pm

Can we please get Matty Lice a copy of “Hooked on Reading Defenses” or Defense Reading for Dummy’s..He needs to move off of the Braille version and open his eyes..

CGD..

October 13th, 2011
10:41 pm

8-3 NEXT 11?

A Must Win Sunday!

Falcons 21 Carolina 17

Eric C.

October 13th, 2011
10:42 pm

In the panthers lone win, Newton threw for 158 yds

freedyg

October 13th, 2011
11:02 pm

i told myself 3 years ago that i’d stop reading commets, too much down talking and bashing from perfect people. i gave it another chance and you lames didn’t let me down. guess i’m back to reading articles and not what you chumps, who probably never played college ball, let alone the pro’s have to say. back to watching my brothers who are commited to oakie st. and stanford; bye lames- gone-

78dawg

October 14th, 2011
12:29 am

The only time I remember the Falcons having a good secondary was with Brian Jordan and Deion, Since then it has always been a problem, Dunta,Owens,Moore, are you kidding me?. We have one guy..and he’s the smallest !! Wake up Dumbmitroff…

B'Red

October 14th, 2011
12:41 am

Lets go Falcons, get a win and get things turned around for a playoff run.

B'Red

October 14th, 2011
12:42 am

But I really do wish we could do something about the running back position…Patty Cake Turner is not getting it done.

BooBoo

October 14th, 2011
12:50 am

Is Steve Smith injured? If not …. With no pass rush, no cover, and no tackling ability, I get a bad feeling about the possibility of hearing, “Newton to Smith … TOUCHDOWN!” … over, and over, and over ….

OHIOdirtybird!!!!

October 14th, 2011
4:02 am

I am probably one of the few that might be kinda breathing a sigh of relief that Owens might NOT be out there( I don’t like seeing a bird hurt, but if there is one that we could do without it is him)

SWATS

October 14th, 2011
8:33 am

TO: Matt Ryan Haters!

Listen people, stop the madness!!!!!! You must understand the game before you start to being critical of anyone in any sport. Look at the last game we played; if you noticed when we ran the hurry up offense we moved the ball and scored. GUESS WHO’S DOING THE PLAY CALLING!!!!!!! When we huddle Matt runs the plays that are called because he has not been given free reign to do what he wants like Peyton, Tom, Rodgers……etc. Once you put weapons on the field it’s time to let players make plays. This is why we pay them so turn them loose. So start putting the blame where it belongs

ASHCAN.

October 14th, 2011
9:43 am

@SWATS,what game was you watching speaking of matt ryan.He changed the plays 70% of the time from the original play.All i heard all game was,”olive” which didn’t produce to squat diddley.He should have went with the original plays,maybe they would have had more success.Just because a QB calls audibles don’t make him elite.He have 2 speedy recievers in jones and white and throwed a grand total of zero bumbs! can you say weak arm.

DC Dirty Bird

October 14th, 2011
10:18 am

ASHCAN., get off the weak arm mess. The arm strength is there. Also, please understand that an audible in itself can be scripted. If you’re in a certain formation, you can only audible to certain plays as generally you’re not going to change the formation due to the play clock. In the no huddle, Ryan calls the formation and the play based on the defense he sees. I agree with most that Ryan is not Brady or Manning or Rodgers in the no huddle, but at least the predicability of Mularkey is out the window. You can’t ignore the fact that our explosive plays have come from the no-huddle almost exclusively.

the one

October 14th, 2011
12:24 pm

The headphones in the helmet comes on when the ball is spoted and does not go off until 15 seconds left on the play clock. Who know who is calling the play

North FLA Falcon

October 14th, 2011
1:42 pm

Glad McClure is back. A lot of the pressure on Ryan has come straight up the gut. He may be rusty, I predict two bad snaps, hopefully not at crucial times. Little things like this will count for a lot on Sunday. Will our punter be worth a crap. Can we bust a punt return. Can we win the field position battle. Can we contain Cammy on the endsI truly believe we are the better team here and that we have the POTENTIAL to win fairly easily but only if we attack for 60 full freaking minutes. Win = .500 again and alive in the division. Lose = 0-2 in NFC south, 2-4 and in a deep hole. Win this winnable game.

AlanFalcon

October 14th, 2011
4:19 pm

Almost to the point that I will accept multiple defeats if it will muster up a change in our offensive and defensive game plans, H%$&, all of the teams we are playing know what our game plan is (just look at last week), when we went back to the norm they kicked our A$$.