Atlanta Falcons: Christopher Owens set to return to practice

Atlanta Falcons defenders Ray Edwards (clockwise from upper left), William Moore, Akeem Dent and Stephen Nicholas gang tackle Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert during second half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday , Sept. 30, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Atlanta Falcons defenders Ray Edwards (clockwise from upper left), William Moore, Akeem Dent and Stephen Nicholas gang tackle Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert during second half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday , Sept. 30, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens has been cleared from the league’s concussion protocol program and will return to practice on Wednesday, head coach Mike Smith said on Monday.

Owens suffered a concussion in the Denver game on Sept. 17. He’s missed the games against San Diego and Carolina.

Against San Diego, Dominique Franks took over at nickel back, but Robert McClain played the position against Carolina.

“We let those guys compete over the last couple of weeks and we felt like Robert had a really good week of practice,” Smith said. “We felt like we wanted to get him an opportunity to play in the nickel. I thought that he handled it for the first time fairly well.”

McClain played 35 of 64 defensive snaps (55 percent) against the Panthers and finished with three tackles.

Owens will have to win his spot back from McClain.

“So we’ll have some competition going on at the nickel back position as we prepare for the game this week,” Smith said.

Abraham’s save

Before the refs could step in to settle a dispute between cornerback Asante Samuel and Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith, defensive end John Abraham picked up Samuel and whisked him away from getting to a squabble and possibly drawing a penalty.

“We were able to defuse that and Abe did a very nice job of doing that,” Smith said. “We did not want that to go in the wrong direction. It was good that Abe came to Asante’s side there.

“I think it says a lot about our football team. We are a very close knit group. When we get out there, we’re going to go out there and compete. It’s very competitive atmosphere. You’ve got to make sure that you take care of one another.”

Running quarterbacks

The defensive ends, Abraham (five tackles), Kroy Biermann (two) and Ray Edwards (three), played a key role against Carolina’s read-zone option.

Washington, with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III runs some of the same plays and the Falcons must prepare for the bootleg looks that Mike Shannahan’s offense has featured this season.

Newton had nine rushes for 86 yards and passed for 215 more yards.

“I think we’ve got an idea of what worked and what didn’t work,” Smith said. “We’re going to be facing a very similar offense. Robert Griffin III is not nearly as big. He’s got more foot speed than the quarterback that we just played. We’re going to have some different issues.”

Quick strike capacity

The Falcons posted two scoring drives that took less than four plays against Carolina, including a pair of long touchdown passes from quarterback Matt Ryan.

In their quick-strike attack, the Falcons have scored 35 points on five scoring drives of four-plays-or-less.

Etc.

Matt Bryant’s 40-yard game winning field goal was the 13th game winner of his NFL career. … Ryan has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 19 straight games. … Roddy White currently ranks third in franchise history with 48 receiving touchdowns, trailing only Terance Mathis (57) and Andre Rison (56). … White’s 169 yards were the third highest of his career and his highest total since Oct. 24, 2010 when he caught 11 passes for 201 yards against Cincinnati. … Running back Michael Turner’s rushed for 103 yards. It was his 16th 100-yard game, breaking a tie with running back Gerald Riggs for sole possession of the franchise record.

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Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 1st, 2012
4:58 pm

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 1st, 2012
5:03 pm

Cool some of our depth is back i bet owens will be the starting nickel come game time. I think hes better than mcclain and franks personally.

Jamal Robertson

October 1st, 2012
5:07 pm

I am proud of the way this team is playing!

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 1st, 2012
5:21 pm

I think they had a rough day yesterday and i think they got unfocused and the o line just let matt ryan down big time. I seen mr solid tyson clabo get beat a lot its a shame really they may have to play with extra linemen if the line continues like this. They need to pick it back up and continue doing what they did in the first three games

Stephen

October 1st, 2012
6:20 pm

Boy, if McClain, a 7th round cast-off of Carolina, is beating Franks, he really has fallen off the wagon. Great win by the Falcons, this team is showing a confidence and spunk that even the 13-3 team of 2010 lacked.

lowdownjj

October 1st, 2012
6:32 pm

D-Led, I’ve seen Clabo’s name on the injury report for a couple weeks. Any idea if an injury contributed to his poor play yesterday?

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wisconsinfalcons fan

October 1st, 2012
7:08 pm

just asking what happen to or who is our back up quarterback what happen to Dominick

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

October 1st, 2012
7:38 pm

@Winconsinfalcons fan

D. Davis is listed on the depth chart as the #3 QB. Usually the #3 QB is not active on game day. Neither was Jimmy Clausen for the Panthers who is their #3.

thejama

October 1st, 2012
8:10 pm

Where are all of the Saints bloggers? Tried to tell them this offseason that it would get ugly when the losses started piling up. Time to put this in overdrive and beat the Skins.

nuclearjim

October 1st, 2012
8:35 pm

The Saint’s fans are busily blaming various people except the playyers on the NOLA forums for the Saint’s. This includes the mean old NFL for suspending their coach for a) bounties, b) lying repeatedly about bounties. Just to set the record straight there is a troll who posts as nuclearjim on this forum. I am flattered yet baffled. I don’t post enough to be a serious target of trolls. If you care just google Nola forums and check out the Saints forum. In case you want something useful to do then go to their Dining forum. Much easier on the palate.

nuclearjim

October 1st, 2012
8:37 pm

The Saint’s fans are busily blaming various people except the playyers on the NOLA forums for the Saint’s. This includes the mean old NFL for suspending their coach for a) bounties, b) lying repeatedly about bounties. Just to set the record straight there is a troll who posts as nuclearjim on this forum. I am flattered yet baffled. I don’t post enough to be a serious target of trolls. If you care just google Nola forums and check out the Saints forum. In case you want something useful to do then go to their Dining forum. Much easier on the palate.

nuclearjim

October 1st, 2012
8:37 pm

Aaack!! Dreaded double post! My sincere apologies.

ken

October 1st, 2012
8:43 pm

NO NO NO please dont put Owens back in there. McClain #27 look good to me..

Charles Dimry

October 1st, 2012
9:32 pm

No Owens please unless you want to lose games. Owens has shown us what he can do the past at nickel and it is to allow the other team to game plan to throw over him every chance they get. Franks and/or McClain we can win with. Why is Owens still on this roster? Can’t understand this. Nolan hasn’t got to see burnt toast in action yet so this experiment will likely cost us a loss if dumb enough to put Owens on the field. A nickel back that plays 5 yards behind the receiver. Aaron Rodgers’ BFF.

Michael M.

October 1st, 2012
11:23 pm

Time for the weekly NFC South Standings update……….here goes …..Again !

NFC SOUTH STANDINGS
Falcons 4 – 0
Mucs 1 – 3
Pansies 1 – 3
Caints 0 – 4

Stay tuned for future updates……………..lmao…………….

Mora less Petrino

October 1st, 2012
11:28 pm

Doesn’t look like Dallas is ready for prime time!

LOL at the Aints

October 1st, 2012
11:47 pm

Ky Adco

October 2nd, 2012
12:07 am

Baker has been playing better than Clabo. Disappointing.

Samuel

October 2nd, 2012
5:39 am

Franks, Owens or MCclain whoever is the most consistent should play.

keeping it real

October 2nd, 2012
7:38 am

I can’t stand the Saints, but now isn’t the time to pile on. Their 0-4 record says it all. Actually, I would prefer that the Saints win just enough games not to make the playoffs (and, of course, lose both Falcon games) so that they will not get a top draft pick. Same goes for Carolina and the Bucs.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 2nd, 2012
7:42 am

Ky Adco — Clabo does have a hip injury that is affecting his flexibility. I’m not making any excuses for him though. If you go out there, you should be able to do th ejob.

waynester

October 2nd, 2012
8:10 am

The fact that coach Hill is keeping Clabo in the lineup despite some obvious slow, stiff play just shows how scary our depth problem is on the o-line. I like that Hill is mixing things up but we don’t seem to have all the pieces in place to shore up the unit….

Augustabred

October 2nd, 2012
10:52 am

Yeah, it’s pretty concerning that we thought LT and RG was our weak spot but it looks like its the RT position we need to address. Just don’t understand how we can’t get this line thing corrected after all these draft picks addressing the OL. I know what, TD better not waste another draft pick on a OL next year!
D-Led, are we ever going to see the young DE in the game?

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Flacons never learn

October 2nd, 2012
1:31 pm

Chris owens is a looser CB. The guy cant even cover his shadoh. There better off with out him.

Esquire

October 2nd, 2012
2:07 pm

I would have to do some research to be sure but it seems to me Owens has graded out a lot better than some of you are giving him credit for.

cdog

October 2nd, 2012
2:59 pm

the falcons needs to lay vicious licks on robert griffin and the redskins and we will be 5-0

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Obama got me a phone

October 2nd, 2012
3:45 pm

How is Walls doing? Are we going to re sign him after week 6?

bigdawg1

October 2nd, 2012
6:35 pm

Forget the Falcons! Atlanta has landed a Lingerie League team! HEY, NOW!

flintrock70

October 2nd, 2012
7:43 pm

Owens is a GREAT special team guy. He and Akeem Dent lay the hammer on ST. Looking forward to him coming back and hopefully he’s made some progress on the defensive side of the ball. GO FALCONS! RISE UP!

Andre Rison : The Latest Fuzz

October 2nd, 2012
8:20 pm

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Falcon James

October 2nd, 2012
11:15 pm

Glad to see Owens healthy and coming back. Also glad to see some competition in an already strong backfield. Throwing Owen’s into mix will only make these guys better. The problems with pass protection will get resolved. I would imagine that the Redskin are more worried about the Falcon then the Falcon are worried about playing the Redskin. If you key on one thing with the Falcon, Ryan will just burn you somewhere else. If you don’t believe me, just ask Nakamurao. He is a believer!

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NATIVEBIRD

October 3rd, 2012
7:25 pm

Don’t do it!
Please play McClain.

Owens plays the man not the ball. He is consistent only with respect to getting burnt!

Owens is horrible, a liability in the secondary. Let him play special teams and cut him next year.

Just sayin, he let Manning complete a LONG 3rd down on him just before he got hurt. Had he stayed on the field, Manning would have lit his sorry butt up.

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