INJURY REPORT: Nicholas returns, leaves with new injury

Falcons linebacker (56) Sean Weatherspoon comes up with the fumble by the Jaguars' Jarett Dillard on a kick return, setting up a touchdown run by Michael Turner for a 17-0 Falcons lead during 1st half action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons linebacker (56) Sean Weatherspoon comes up with the fumble by the Jaguars' Jarett Dillard on a kick return, setting up a touchdown run by Michael Turner for a 17-0 Falcons lead during 1st half action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Linebacker Stephen Nicholas, who missed the past two games with a quadriceps injury, returned to the starting lineup but suffered a knee injury.

Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters limped off the field early in the second quarter. The doctors looked at his right knee and put on a brace on it before taking him to the locker room.

Peria Jerry took over for Peters at his the tackle spot next to Jonathan Babineaux. Peters returned with 8:04 left in the second quarter.

Linebacker Curtis Lofton got his right ankle re-taped in the second quarter.

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon suffered a shoulder injury.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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121 comments Add your comment

Michael M.

December 16th, 2011
12:49 am

First…………….again !
They are all in shock D-Led, I tried to tell em, they wouldn’t listen…..look out Saints……………”Your Next”

5150 UOAD

December 16th, 2011
12:59 am

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mancave

December 16th, 2011
1:16 am

you played a s h i t t y team , L2MS come to the MB SUPERDOME , you get what u wish for…. can’t wait…. lol lol who dat nation # 1

KQuark

December 16th, 2011
4:19 am

mancave at least the Falcons are classy and didn’t keep their QB in the fourth quarter like the classless Saints did against the Colts just to pad Brees’ stats.

GregKennesaw

December 16th, 2011
6:18 am

Lot of injuries this year —

Good job on another winning season.

Atlanta Native

December 16th, 2011
6:45 am

Kudos to the Birds. All around good game. Offense looked good. Defense looked good. This is the type of game they are capable of week in and week out.

Michael M.

December 16th, 2011
6:48 am

Falcons are going to spank the Saints big time!

SeenThisB4

December 16th, 2011
6:48 am

@KQuack: The Saints pulled Brees before the third Qtr ended, peabrain.

Your falcan’t team better heal up, next week you’re not playing a high school team like you did last night.

Michael M.

December 16th, 2011
7:00 am

@ SeenThisB4……….I can’t wait to Dec 26th, your Team is going to remember this butt kicking the Falcons are going to give them all over their own Football Field.

Michael M.

December 16th, 2011
7:02 am

@ mancave…………..pissed already huh?…………..I have been trying to tell you people but you wouldn’t listen……are you hearing it now?

SeenThisB4

December 16th, 2011
7:07 am

@Michael: You mean like when they tried to convert a 4th down and a foot?

Michael M.

December 16th, 2011
7:08 am

I got to go here……….just wait and see

later

Ted

December 16th, 2011
7:11 am

Now tell me why a Taint fan gets up as early as 7 AM to comment on a Falcons blog? Must really have a hard-on for the Falcons. See you in the muddy Dome Dec 26th Taint!

SeenThisB4

December 16th, 2011
7:11 am

Mommy calling you for school eh Mikey?

SeenThisB4

December 16th, 2011
7:19 am

Ted: I’m in Central Standard Time, and you think 7AM is early? What a lightweight!

What a joke! The Saints would have beaten that team your team played last night by 40 points, not 27, especially with a plus 4 turnover ratio.

SeenThisB4

December 16th, 2011
7:24 am

The Saints will re-adjust your sense of reality in 10 days. Enjoy your respite, get healthy, and get ready to start your New Year by getting your heads handed to you.

JONESBORO SLIM

December 16th, 2011
7:31 am

Answer this quesition….Who will return next season?.. Mularkey or Van Gorder or both or for that matter neither?…let me know people……

JONESBORO SLIM

December 16th, 2011
7:36 am

Answer this quesition….Who will return next season?.. Mularkey or Van Gorder or both or for matter neither?…let me know people……

True Falcon Fan

December 16th, 2011
7:41 am

I knew the Jags were not that good, they are bad!
Ok, that one over.

We got ten days to heal-up for them Saints – this game is always a joy to watch (a Battle). Two pretty dam good football teams, that being said, we are starting to look the way we should or i should say as to what a contender should look like. The Saints are ranked either 2,3, or 4 which ever poll you look at this week. Going into their backyard, a win next 26th Monday night will seal the deal on the post season spot or could be NFC south again. Then we have a totally new season starting for these playoffs……..

Go Falcons – Ain’ts Next

QuestionMan

December 16th, 2011
7:44 am

I just feel like us arguing about who is going to win is not going to accomplish anything for either team. You can say Brees is better than Ryan… and no one will deny that, because it’s true. Just stop trying to act like you are doing a service to your team by hopping on other teams blogs just to troll.

True Falcon Fan

December 16th, 2011
7:44 am

Your answer “THEY BOTH STAY PROBABLY” — If — “THEY DECIDE TO MOVE ON” = So who cares!

Go Falcons

JONESBORO SLIM

December 16th, 2011
7:54 am

I think Mularkey wanted to make an impression on the Jags brass for his bid for the head coach position ….what do you think

SeenThisB4's Mom

December 16th, 2011
7:57 am

“Seen, get off our computer and get ready fast, the short bus is coming down the street”. “I mean it!” “Are you trollin’ on the Falcons blogs again?” “Seen, I mean it!”

robert

December 16th, 2011
8:09 am

im worried about spoon. he left at the end of the game holding his arm and thew his helmet on the ground before he reached the sideline.

Andy

December 16th, 2011
8:40 am

SeenThisB4…

Uh, you did play “that team our team played last night.” You beat them by 13, not 40.

ijonathan

December 16th, 2011
8:54 am

Andy, don’t bother with any searing, coherent logic on SeenThisB4…utterly wasted.

Dan

December 16th, 2011
9:38 am

Hopefully the Falcons in the 2012 Draft Travis Lewis OLB from Oklahoma

FALCON YEAH!

December 16th, 2011
9:54 am

Captain Falcon

December 16th, 2011
9:55 am

Samuel

December 16th, 2011
10:03 am

Well if Nich can’t go Mike Peterson can fill in admirably. The old guy has something left in the tank.

PMC

December 16th, 2011
10:11 am

So proud of the work this team has put in this year. Very proud. Struggled through a lot of mistakes, but already guaranteed the 4th winning season in 4 years and are on the cusp of a 3rd playoff appearance. There is a lot of merit to this process so far. If they can get a little healthy in the next 10 days I like our chances against anyone.

kappellmeister

December 16th, 2011
10:13 am

The Saints fans bleaux

ATL Fan

December 16th, 2011
11:22 am

Great to have a few extra days to heal and prepare. Good luck Falcons.

SeenThisB4

December 16th, 2011
11:28 am

The Saints will bleaux the falcan’ts sway.

John Donovan

December 16th, 2011
12:28 pm

This blog says it all.

John Donovan

December 16th, 2011
12:32 pm

No, wrong location. The Saints bloggers all bleaux!

the one

December 16th, 2011
12:40 pm

I remember before katrina u couldn’t find a aints fan anywhere before Brees u aints fans were nowhere to b found…and I thought this was a falcons blog sight not tha aints u guys r trash we gonna shut yall up just like st louis did …..WE DAT!!!!!!!!!

double b

December 16th, 2011
1:34 pm

rise up falcons smack down saints.

Givonti

December 16th, 2011
2:11 pm

Notice no Aint fans commented after (The One) wrote his comment damn we shut dem up already

Jimmy Shalager

December 16th, 2011
2:29 pm

Saints!!!!…..(Rams!!!!)….lol

JoFo

December 16th, 2011
3:41 pm

Funny how musical one hit wonders and the sAINTS have so much in common! LOL!!! :)
sAINTS fans, see what I did there!?? :)

Mike Franklin

December 16th, 2011
4:00 pm

14 games into the season and you gotta expect wear and tear on the team. I know that these guys… prolly 80% of the roster, have to be banged up to one degree or the next. This will make any run at the playoffs from a Wildcard spot more demanding. No home games – week after week on the road with the opponents getting more rested and tougher as you go along.

This is when you find out how many stones you have in your pockets.

SeenThisB4

December 16th, 2011
5:16 pm

Cause we know that stones are all they got between their ears.

SeenThisB4

December 16th, 2011
5:36 pm

@The One: Wow man, I can tell you were a bonifide APS graduate. I know it was inner city English, but it’s virtually encrypted too! Took a while to decipher. But Kudos man, at least you know how to log on.

Your sorry team couldn’t stop us in your house, and you think you’ll shut us up in our house!

That would imply that you are even more challenged than your limited English skills would imply you are!

GEAUX SAINTS!!

FalcFan

December 16th, 2011
5:39 pm

I hope the Saints DBs and Safeties enjoy the view of Julio’s backside running away from them to the end zone…a lotta dust will be eaten by that sorry crew….

Michael M.

December 16th, 2011
5:47 pm

Yeah thats right , Saints are the one hit wonders, after the Birds start hitting them next Sunday night they really going to be wondering .

Michael M.

December 16th, 2011
5:47 pm

Mondayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Night

Michael M.

December 16th, 2011
5:52 pm

Bet the Vikings give the Saints a good go of it in their Game Sunday.
Go Vikings!

SeenThisB4

December 16th, 2011
5:53 pm

@FalcFan: Dust? On artificial turf?

@Michael M: Sounds like you’re ready for some football. You think the ESPN opening will be about the Saints/New Orleans or the falcan’ts/atlanta?

Michael M.

December 16th, 2011
5:57 pm

I know how its Ending will be Atlanta over the Saints but you will get the front door until they start jibber jabber on what Atlanta has to do to beat your Team.