INJURY REPORT: Grimes doesn’t practice, questionable

The Falcons' defense slowed down Green Bay and New Orleans this season, but they need to get cornerback Brent Grimes back, according to Mayock.  Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

The Falcons' defense slowed down Green Bay and New Orleans this season, but they need to get cornerback Brent Grimes back, according to Mayock. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons starting left cornerback Brent Grimes (knee) and backup quarteback Chris Redman (illness) did not practice on Friday and were both listed as questionable for the game on the team’s official injury report.

Defensive end Ray Edwards (knee, limited) saw his first practice action of the week , but was listed as questionable for the game.

Grimes had knee surgery and missed three games before playing on Monday against the Saints. He finished with seven tackles and two passes defensed.

Wide receiver Kerry Meier (groin, did not practice) and linebacker Stephen Nicholas (toe, did not practice) were listed as doubtful.

Wide receiver Harry Douglas (groin/shoulder, limited), tight end Tony Gonzalez (not injury related, full), wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle, full), tight end Reggie Kelly (back, limited), linebacker Curtis Lofton (ankle, full), center Todd McClure (not injury related, full), cornerback Christopher Owens (hand, full), tight end Michael Palmer (knee, limited), left tackle Will Svitek (groin, full) and running back Michael Turner (groin, full) were all listed as probable.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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just sayin'

December 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

when did they slow down NO?

cedric

December 30th, 2011
4:16 pm

The Falcons are questionable if we don’t start sacking the damn quarterback. Stop sitting back in coverage and start being aggressive. And for darn sake give Turner and Snelling the ball over 25+ times.

Runner-

December 30th, 2011
4:33 pm

Rest EVERYONE up in the game against the Bucs, we will need them for the long playoff push, and we will most likely still end up winning and taking the number 5 seed. Can’t risk any setbacks right before the playoffs, and the Bucs are the easiest team to beat in the NFL right now

mountain_jim

December 30th, 2011
4:34 pm

Will have to have a new DC or new HC before we see much ‘being agressive’ on defense, I am afraid. The current scheme is not working against the GBs and NOs, but Smith does not appear to notice or believe that yet.

SeenThis B4

December 30th, 2011
4:49 pm

Didn’t they get 11 days of rest before the Saints game?

Runner-

December 30th, 2011
4:52 pm

mountain_jim, being aggressive never works against the elite quarterbacks with our team. Whenever VanGorder puts a blitz on 3rd and long it results in a first down. It’s not the personnel that’s the problem, it’s the players. We need a front 4 that can regularly get pressure on the quarterback without having to commit some linebackers and corners. The elite quarterbacks eat us up whenever we do. VanGorder is doing the best he can with this group of players.

zgoldatl

December 30th, 2011
4:57 pm

just sayin- He is referring to the first nola game in ATL

Joe

December 30th, 2011
5:08 pm

Rest Grimes for this one. Franks can slide over and let Owens play nickel. They didn’t do that bad vs. Carolina, Jacksonville, or Houston. We can beat the Bucs without Grimes. Rest him for the playoffs.

The Boss

December 30th, 2011
5:10 pm

“Seen”
You are a closet Falcon Fan! No REAL FAN of another team would spend so much time on a blog of a team he supposedly hates so much. Loser.
Agree with “runner” on resting players that need it most.

Joe

December 30th, 2011
5:15 pm

I’m not a fan of resting players. Not after what I’ve seen out of our team after the past two times we’ve had a significant amount of time to rest. Our players seem to get lazy, and don’t seem to work and it shows. Last season we had a first round bye in the playoffs, play Green Bay and lose 48-21. No team coming off a first round bye, at home, should lose 48-21. No matter how good the opponent may be.

This season we get 11 days off before we play the Saints. Lose 45-16. See a pattern here? By no way, shape, or form should we rest against the Bucs. We should go all out, take care of them, and be hot going into the playoffs the following week. There should be no break, because our players haven’t earned it.

Joe

December 30th, 2011
5:17 pm

We play the Jags 4 days after our comeback win over the Panthers, and look at how we play. Outstanding. Win 41-14. Resting can sometimes hurt worse than it should. It’s definitely hurt us. It would make no sense to rest our starters against Tampa. Not after their performance vs. New Orleans. They haven’t earned the right. They didn’t play well against N.O. and I’m sure they’ll want to win a game heading into the playoffs to have momentum.

SeenThis B4

December 30th, 2011
5:22 pm

“Boss”
I am a fan of watching your team crash.

1game@atime

December 30th, 2011
5:40 pm

The Falcons can rest when their dead. No resting in this life on this team on a football bye for good behavior or good play. Rest after the Lombardi Trophy is in your hands.

Saints R.E.A.M.

December 30th, 2011
5:52 pm

doggoneit

December 30th, 2011
5:54 pm

SeenThis B4—– whah whah whah you never played football in your life

Long Time STH

December 30th, 2011
6:28 pm

Joe and One Game,
There is a difference in resting players with injuries that can only get worse by playing and resting starters that are fairly healthy. I say, rest Grimey. He needs to be a close to 100% going into the playoffs. As far the others…Play them until we have at least a 21 point lead if it’s the second half and then sit em down.

SeenThisB4's Mom

December 30th, 2011
6:28 pm

Seen!!!! Get off the computer!!! Do your homework or do something. You know your bedtime is coming at 8PM and I don’t want you sneaking back and using my computer again. I don’t care if your other middle school friends are on late at night. Not you. I’d have your father talk to you if I knew who he was!
Seen!!!! I mean it! Get off the computer now!

Long Time STH

December 30th, 2011
6:30 pm

Forgot to add..If we don’t have a 21 point lead, balls to the wall even if we know we have locked 5th seed..JMO!

Long Time STH

December 30th, 2011
6:32 pm

Ha!! Funny! SeenThisB4’s Mom…Well put..If nothing else he has a personality identification problem! LOL

rainman

December 30th, 2011
6:40 pm

Hate that Pete is gone & we don’t know when Nich will be ready.
Also hate that Hayden couldn’t come back. Oh well — I guess it
would take a “on any given day” miracle for the D to be able to contain Rogers or Brees.

Great Falconi

December 30th, 2011
6:42 pm

The Packers will probably sit everybody. If they do, the Lions will do their best to win. They don’t want to play the Saints anymore than we do. My guess is that DET will get the W and we’ll be resting everybody against the Bucs.

I’d like to see Ryan get the chance to get the single-season franchise passing yardage record, though.

Greg

December 30th, 2011
7:33 pm

Runner- is right: it’s our personnel. When we go up against a stout O-line, we don’t get enough pressure from our front four; and when we blitz, good QBs beat it. It’s a constant dilemma for Van Gorder. If it were me, I’d MAKE QBs beat our blitz. I would never have let Brees stand there untouched for seven seconds while he waited for a receiver to come free (as he did time and time again). Make them beat us when we’re blitzing. Use different blitz schemes. Put them under at least SOME pressure. But watching O-lines stand up our front four is just too painful to witness. The NO game was one of the worst Falcons games I’ve seen in thirty years. They were so much better in every facet of the game that it was humiliating. And the coaches didn’t seem to adjust. They just kept trying the same schemes. Just excruciating!

PlanB

December 30th, 2011
7:51 pm

I agree with mountain jim not runner. You have to put pressure on the QB. The great ones are going to be able to drop some passes off to the RB’s for some yards but you have to be ready for that and make the tackle for minimum yards. Pressure makes the QB throw with less accuracy causing occasional INT’s. We have gotton to the good QB’s but don’t know how to make the tackle. If you run at a guy at full speed it only takes a slight move to avoid that tackle. Ask Brian Williams. But once your close, you slow the last step down so you can not be juked and get him or put him in a place where someone else can. Sure, you don’t bust him but you disrupt his rythem and make him move into another direction he didn’t want to go.
We don’t have the coaches that will do this. Too conservative.

PlanB

December 30th, 2011
8:01 pm

Greg, Runner is only right in saying it’s the personal. His solution is not to blitz. We need those extra pass rushers to get any pressure.
I agree it was a game that almost made me sick to watch and we made no obvious adjustments. Our coaching staff is good enough to beat most mediocre teams. That’s probably why we have not won a playoff game. Hope I have to eat my words.

Joe

December 30th, 2011
8:22 pm

I don’t think we should rest against the Bucs regardless of what happens in the GB-DET game. We need momentum going into the playoffs. Some kind of win to hang our hat on. Do we really wanna go to New Orleans the following week after losing 2 straight games? ONE to them by 29 points? I don’t think so. Beat the stuffing out of Tampa, gain a little swag, momentum, then go to N.O. and try to get a win. Just one more point than they have.

Joe

December 30th, 2011
8:24 pm

The only way we rest against Tampa is if we have a performance like we had vs. Jacksonville. If we’re up 34, 41-0 or 35-7, something like that, then yes go ahead and prevent injury. BUT to rest your starters from the jump, HELL NO. Play them, try to build a big lead, then go ahead and sit em for the following week. But I am AGAINST resting our players because they need a win under their belt before going to the playoffs.

Just Looking

December 30th, 2011
8:46 pm

this is what happens when you rush Grimes back to play against the Saints. He looked bad and rusty and now he is missing practice again. Where is his wife when you need her. She should of made him sit out last week.

Joe

December 30th, 2011
8:48 pm

@ Just looking, Grimes batted down several passes against New Orleans. He looked just fine to me. Shut your mouth ass.

Just Looking

December 30th, 2011
8:52 pm

@ Joe

The first Saints offensive play they ran toward him and he got a serious stiff arm. He was whiffing on several tackles and then the TD pass to Graham made Grimes look like a 3rd grader. He usually could at least get up…thats what they were calling him Optimus Grimes…because he “shutdown” Calvin Johnson. Heck even Brees ran over him. No wonder our secondary is so terrible. Our so-called best is 5ft8.

Michael M.

December 30th, 2011
9:24 pm

Joe is right……100 percent agree…..go for broke in the Tampa game rest the ones that are injured and take no prisoners !

blane f.

December 31st, 2011
12:56 am

falcons need to play smart. if lions win falcons are 6 seed,and this game means nothing. if lions lose then go for it. by the time falcons game starts,we should know. it is foolish to risk injuries knowing that you have to play wild card weekend. packers have a bye and it sounds like the parking attendants and a couple of ticket takers will see playing time.

HardyFalcon

December 31st, 2011
6:25 am

MIKE SMITH WILL NOT SEE THIS COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AlanFalcon

December 31st, 2011
7:14 am

Todd Mc Lure said it, if you are a professional and you respect your coach you will go out there and play, sure hope this speaks for the Falcons this weekend.

CGD..

December 31st, 2011
8:51 am

“I did see this one coming” quote from Norv Turner Jr…..

CGD..

December 31st, 2011
8:51 am

Actually he didn’t see this one coming…..lol

CGD..

December 31st, 2011
8:52 am

Another nail biter tomorrow…

TB 21 Falcons 14

Falcons4Eva

December 31st, 2011
9:39 am

If the Falcons win Sunday, should they feel good about themselves? Not really. It will be another case of our team beating a terrible team. Which only proves we are not capable of beating good teams consistently.

Not looking forward to our rematch in New Orleans.

back to the drawing board

December 31st, 2011
11:32 am

Time to draft some defense and offensive line, wouldn’t ya say? And another RB to get ready to take over for Mr. Turner. He aint getting any younger. Maybe couple more years….little man Rodgers isn’t lasting nfl material. He’s good for a couple decent runs an entire season, that’s it.

back to the drawing board

December 31st, 2011
11:35 am

GB will beat detroit regardless of who sits….falcons easily beat tampa….then falcons will kick some giant or cowboy a$$ next week.

WS

December 31st, 2011
2:10 pm

Mountain_Jim, Smith can not see we need a new DC and OC because this is his scheme. That is what he wants. Only way to get new coaches is fire Smith as well.
Does anyone remember the AFC championship game when Smith was the DC for Jags against Pats. Brady was 26 for 28 with two drops. Smith was running the same soft zone then as we run now. BVG was not on Jags staff at that time. he was linebacker coach for Falcons. So who’s defense are we running? Smiths

Falcons4Eva

January 1st, 2012
7:43 am

Saints – Here we come. Can’t wait to get another serving of whoopazz.

Is it next year year already? Cant’ wait.

To all my fellow Falcon fans who think there is a remote chance of Detroit losing today in Green Bay – FORGET ABOUT IT.

FYI———————–
Lions positioning: The stakes are simple for the Lions. A victory would be their first in the state of Wisconsin in 20 years, ending the longest streak of consecutive road losses to one opponent in NFL history at 19. It would give them their first 11-victory season since 1991, and would also clinch them the NFC’s fifth seed in the playoffs and a first-round matchup at the winner of Sunday night’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. Even if they lose, the Lions would still be the fifth seed if the Atlanta Falcons lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Otherwise, they will be the No. 6 seed and face a trip to play either the New Orleans Saints or the San Francisco 49ers.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy He said his initial plan was to play all three quarterbacks Sunday against the Detroit Lions. But on Friday, he stopped short of saying that Aaron Rodgers would start. It stands to reason that backup Matt Flynn will take his place, and get the majority of snaps even if Rodgers makes a token appearance, and that presumptive 2012 backup Graham Harrell will also get some work.
McCarthy did confirm that several prominent players have been ruled out for the game: Receiver Greg Jennings (knee), running back James Starks (knee/ankle) and receiver Randall Cobb (groin). Right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) is doubtful and unlikely to play. Cornerback Charles Woodson (knee) and linebacker Clay Matthews (ankle) are both questionable, paving the way for them to rest Sunday as well. Left tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring/back), tight end Jermichael Finley (knee) and defensive lineman Ryan Pickett (concussion) will all be available.

JSS

January 1st, 2012
11:57 am

Happy New Year, even to you deluded and narcissistic Falcons bloggers (you’re not fans, they generally have some sense perspective).

Eric C.

January 1st, 2012
12:33 pm

Falcons4eva, with A. Rodgers inactive, the only chance the Falcons have today is for STL to upset SF to help get NO the #2 seed. There is no way the Falcons will win at NO…no team has a chance to win there right now. The odds are better to win at SF in the first round and GB in the 2nd round than to win at NO.