Injury report: Tight end Reggie Kelly limited in practice

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons tight end Reggie Kelly who took a vicious hit to the back in the Saints’ game was limited in practice on Wednesday.

Wide receiver Kerry Meier (groin), defensive end Ray Edwards (knee) and linebacker Stephen Nicholas (toe) did not practice.

Also, veterans Todd McClure, John Abraham and Tony Gonzalez were rested in practice.

Wide receiver Harry Douglas (groin and shoulder), cornerback Brent Grimes (knee), wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle), linebacker Curtis Lofton (ankle), running back Michael Turner (groin) and tight end Michael Palmer (knee) were limited in practice.

“We anticipate tomorrow that the majority of those players that were limited will be back,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.

He also said that he’s hopeful that the Falcons will get Nicholas back for the playoffs.

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Matt Ryan is mediocre

December 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

Michael M.

December 28th, 2011
4:15 pm

That vicious hit in the back should have been a 15 yard penalty too but as it was we all know how it is if the Saints are playing someone…….it is what it is.

Michael M.

December 28th, 2011
4:19 pm

Sounds like we got a lot of beat-up players out of that MNF game D-led,……………Coach Smith just didn’t have the football team ready to play on D or O .

Randall

December 28th, 2011
4:27 pm

I’m willing to give up the pro game. You can’t tackle anyone with your shoulder because your head is attached there, you hit someone to hard or they call spearing. When they go ahead and make it a non contact flag or touch game then I may watch again, they also must wear dresses as part of the uniform, below the knee of course. The hypocrisy of tackle football has finished me off. I know you say well he can’t just walk away from it, I did the NBA when the greats like Majic and Bird retired and I’ve never looked back. They were replaced by thugs with tats and 9 mills in the locker room and under their seats, most of these people are just waiting to be convicts any way.

Michael M.

December 28th, 2011
4:35 pm

Yeahhhh……….that 10 day break did not help it hurt………..did anyone say………Crunchhhhhhh !

Michael M.

December 28th, 2011
4:42 pm

Sort of like being off from work for a week and then going back.that first day is a killer……lmao !

Michael M.

December 28th, 2011
4:47 pm

D-Led, when do the playoffs start ? A week from Saturday ?

Falcons4Eva

December 28th, 2011
4:58 pm

Again –

Ray Edwards – what on earth has he done all season worthy of our concern that he is listed on the injury report. The man is a no-show for much of the season.

Thomas Dimitrioff blew it on this one just like Sam Baker!

Falcons4Eva

December 28th, 2011
5:01 pm

Had a chance to listen to Beau Bock this morning on the radio. Man did he call a spade a spade when describing this team, the coaching staff, this regime and the media.

Basically, this team is soft. They play soft and too much sissy finesse.

Did you see the vicious hits our players took (Kelly and White). I was shocked at the fact Roddy got up and Kelly got up after the hits they took.

hiramsaint

December 28th, 2011
5:22 pm

thats what happens when you send matty and the girls to do a mans job

HardyFalcon

December 28th, 2011
5:38 pm

The whole team is in shambles. Mike Smith didn’t see it coming just like he can’t see he needs a DC and a OC along with an entire new defense

falconsrus

December 28th, 2011
5:42 pm

season still going on and birds are still in the mix

Michael M.

December 28th, 2011
5:42 pm

hiram ………….please go back to your room…enough of your insults already….your team will get there’s …trust me..its coming and its coming very soon !

Michael M.

December 28th, 2011
5:44 pm

live for today and die tomorrow………..typical Saints fans

hiramsaint

December 28th, 2011
6:15 pm

nope -smak the failclowns around for the past 6 years- thats a typical saints fan

Firsttimer

December 28th, 2011
6:22 pm

Michael M-I could not agree wih you more. The shot on Reggie Kelly was not on a defenseless receiver but the clean shot by Lofton was? I do not understand the refs inconsistent interpretation of the rules. The Aints creamed us there is no excusing that but call the game consistently. The Aints corners made early contact with our receivers on several plays and no flags were thrown. And it is not just in this game. I have seen inconsistent interpretation of the rules by the officals in several NFL games throughout this season. New rule cahnge-make the refs ofensive eligible next year for defenses and let’s even the playing field.

Sav Fan

December 28th, 2011
6:36 pm

Rest Kelly for the rest of the year-it matters not for this season -get ready for 2012-and hope NO-GB are not on schedule for if they are -mail the score in

Michael M.

December 28th, 2011
6:38 pm

The officiating in that game was horrible…if that can’t call the game down the middle……….keep the flags in the pocket and just let em play football..that’s the deal, its like they have to get their few seconds of recognition on television too I guess…..it is indeed getting pathetic !

JSS

December 28th, 2011
6:55 pm

Official Atlanta Falcons “Snarky Central” theme song…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-EiKPrAOHA
Self-explanatory

Firsttimer

December 28th, 2011
7:14 pm

Michael M- I do not think it is a matterof the refs wanting recognition as much as the NFL wanting certain teams in the SuperBowl run and the Falcons are not one of those teams. It’s a ratings’ thing. Usually when the teams the NFL and media favor play; they win the majority of the refs calls. Case and point, Green Bay was not penalized once in their last game. C’mon Man! If you take a look at the NFL scheduling, the Aints played most of their tougher opponents at home while the Falcons played most of their tougher opponents on the road. I truly wonder if the NFL subtlely tips the scales in favor of certain teams to increase the odds of getting the product they want in the playoffs and the SuperBowl. The Patriots played a lot of their so called tough games at home as well.

hiramsaint

December 28th, 2011
7:39 pm

maybe they don’t like thug teams with pansies as qb’s and an obnoxious owner who can’t stay off the sidelines!

Michael M.

December 28th, 2011
8:27 pm

@ hiramsaint……I have this feeling if you keep throwing gasoline on the fire it is going to Blow Up Right Back In Your Own Face !

SCFalcon

December 28th, 2011
9:25 pm

For goodness sake D Led, ban hiramsaint. He adds no value to the discussion. His momma could probably use him upstairs washing dishes anyway.

Stumpknocker

December 28th, 2011
10:16 pm

Think the Falcons miss Harvey Dahl pretty bad on the O line and if they don’t get better on the D line and soon, they’re going down hill fast.

HATinGA

December 29th, 2011
6:43 am

BVG and Smith have got to quit acting so scared of the top QBs it not only gets you beat it gets you killed. I knew we were in trouble when I heard him say You cant stop Brees you can only try and slow him down. Thats code for Zone defence. Lets see the Rams stoped him, Seattle stoped him in the playoffs last year. Every 3rd down and more than 3yds Ryan was under heavy pressure, and guess what? We did not go (9 for 9) on 3rd down. Yet every 3rd and long Brees was in,it was rush 3 or 4 and play zone, Smith and BVG are scared to bring pressure on 3rd and long against the top QBs. Guess what?when you get to the playoffs the team you are playing is going to have a top QB. They live for getting zone defences to carve up!!! They Hate getting knocked on there cans against man defence with heavy pressure. Yes they will beat you with a couple of long balls, but hey ill live with that rather than watching Brees or Rogers stand back there for 4 to 8 seconds looking were the next hole in the zone is coming. Could bringing pressure work worse? The other great thing about hitting the QB other than just sacks is fumbles and INTs, look when you get hit a few times you start getting happy feet and good things start happening for the defence. When was the last really Great zone defence. The great DC in the NFL live for 3rd and long, yet we dread it why? Its because 3rd and Long we PLAY SCARED!

Saints R.E.A.M.

December 29th, 2011
7:35 am

Saints R.E.A.M.

December 29th, 2011
7:41 am

Glad the bad calls went against the Falcons. Last season I lost money watching the Fortunate Falcons. I called them that all year because the Refs led most of those “clutch” 4rth qtr Matt Ryan drives. The drives would be moved 25 yards off of penalties and 25 yards by the offense for a long field goal and a Falcons win.

I knew the Falcons weren’t that good; I made lots of money back when they played GBay…..I knew the Falcons would have a lackluster season this year.

Saints R.E.A.M.

December 29th, 2011
7:44 am

Falcons won’t go on a run like Greenbay did to win it all. REMEMBER…Greenbay & Arizona played that crazy playoff game where they scored a bunch of points in 2009….Greenbay lost but you could see their offense coming together. The next year they get Dom Capers on defense and they win it all in 2010.

Falcons need both defense & offensive help…..nothing is Elite about this team.

hooper

December 29th, 2011
7:50 am

I have read three columns/blogs on this site so far and I am still clueless about Peterson’s injury. Am I missing something? And as for the saints trolls – they will disappear soon enough just like the eagles and bucs trolls did when their teams fell back to earth and got embarrassed a few times. All it would take is a Drew Brees injury and that team would be sub-.500. (not that I am wishing for that, btw)

Jarrett

December 29th, 2011
9:43 am

hiramsaint….go put a bag over your head just like you used to have. Your team would be nothing without Drew Brees. One day he will be gone and the bag is going right back on.

whodat1

December 29th, 2011
10:50 am

Jarrett, That’s like saying GB would be nothing without Rogers, NE would be nothing without Brady, and the best one is Indy would be nothing without Manning. Well, it’s true. Look at Indy this year. So I get your point, sort of. My point is that it is the same for every team with elite QBs. Of course you wouldn’t know that in atlanta, because you don’t have an elite QB.

SavDawg

December 29th, 2011
10:52 am

NO game was like last year GB game “too mutch time off”.

Jarrett

December 29th, 2011
11:00 am

@ Whodat1…I understand your point. Thanks for acknowledging that we can win games without an elite QB. Something you can’t do. We may not be the best team but we are still in the top 10. Without Brees you are hanging out with the colts and rams.

Brothas Hunt2

December 29th, 2011
1:35 pm

I am a Falcons Fan from Thomasville, Ga. I live in Maryland now in the heart of Redskins /Deadskins and Ravens country. The falcons coaching staff is inept at best and they do not have the ability to adjust their gameplan nor do they understand player recognition/match ups during the game.

Observation during the Saints game on MNF: When Darren Sproles entered the game Drew targeted him. I predicted several plays to Sproles from my living room on Monday night. We should have blitzed a LB or SS everytime Sproles was lined up in the backfield given his size. The Falcons would have turned Sproles into a blocker and taken away at least one target from Brees. Either way that would have been a winning matchup for the Falcons. Case and point, the Saints brought pressure againts us when they saw Jacquizz Rodgers in the backfield which resulted in a holding play on Quizz because he got over powered.

The main point here is that the Falcons players and coaches always wait and react to what other teams do vs dictate the action on defense. Last point: all of our defensive tackles are the same size just slightly over 300lbs. In the current defensive scheme (loose zone), they are built to run to the ball and make a tackle. We do not have any beef or heft in our defensive line to push or clog up the pocket.

Think about this…name one defensive tackle on our current roster that opposing teams say they have to double team? We have not had a player on our defensive line over 340/350 lbs since big Grady Jackson. We need players on the D-line along the mold of Haloti Ngta Ravens (HT 6-4, WT 330lbs) or Terrance Cody Ravens (HT 6-4, WT 354 lbs). I have come to the realization that we will not get out of the first round mainly because we play scared and too conservative on defense and offense.

BH2

E-Roll

December 29th, 2011
4:18 pm

Here you go Hooper –

The Falcons had room after placing linebacker Mike Peterson (torn tricep) and cornerback Kelvin Hayden (dislocated toe/turf toe) on injured reserve.

GHunt

December 29th, 2011
11:58 pm

Demitroff and Smith are not going anywhere any time soon. While I believe that this tadem has carried this franchise as far as they can, Falcons fans have to learn to tone down expectations.
Dunta Robinson, Ray Edwards, Sam Baker, PJerry, the lost of Harvey Dahl and the Julio Jones trade all add up to a average to below average team.

Nola4Life

December 30th, 2011
3:19 am

I do believe falcons are a good team, despite embarrassing loss to Saints…Saints secondary is major weakness on defense and Matt Ryan had much success throwing the football with a career high 373yds and I believe the game plan was to rely on ryan’s arm and that game plan didn’t work tho matt ryan had 52 insane attempts versus 11 rushes for Turner on the ground…absolutely no balance between run/pass…Falcons aren’t built to be a pass protect offense like the Saints which is a pass 1st team…Falcons are built to run the football and control time of possession to keep Brees on the sidelines…this was the formula to beat the Saints, but if the falcons want to get into a shootout with the saints…that’s the wrong move, Falcon fans wanna win now…remember success takes time and it doesn’t happen overnite…last time I checked, Rome wasn’t built in 1 day…Falcons were 13-3 last year by controlling time of possession and making the run game their #1 priority…2011, this falcon team 9-6…changed scheme and wanna be a passing team…HUGE MISTAKE…if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it…Think about this falcon fans…if OC and DC are let go, which seems to be what the majority of folks on this blog wants…Matt Ryan would have to learn a new system which may take a few yrs for him to settle in and feel comfy with along with new defensive schemes. for defense to learn..it can take time cause you gotta find right players to fit those schemes….Success takes time…Drew Brees has been in Sean Payton’s exotic west coast offense for 6yrs and he said this year that he’s finally comfortable in the system…Support Coach Smitty and don’t throw your team under the bus after a loss…Remember our old running back Ricky Williams drafted in 2001..Mike Dikta gave up our entire draft for this guy and set us back 6 yrs..Julio Jones is a good receiver, but to give up so much to get him wasn’t worth it and can set you guys back a few more years…Falcons have talent, but really lack mental toughness, discipline and killer instinct to move to the next level at this time….Falcon Receivers has more drops than any team in the NFL…can’t blame coaches for that..players are paid to do their job and be accountable…Falcons just lack toughness on both sides of the ball.