Atlanta Falcons: Nicholas held out of practice with ankle injury

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons issued their longest injury report of the season Wednesday.

Tight end Michael Palmer (shoulder), starting linebacker Stephen Nicholas (ankle) and running back Antone Smith (hamsgtring) did not practice. Palmer has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Oakland, while Falcons coach Mike Smith is hopeful that Nicholas will return to practice on Thursday.

Seven other players were limited in practice: Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (groin), wide receiver Kevin Cone (knee), wide receiver Drew Davis (knee), defensive tackle Peria Jerry (thigh), center Todd McClure (pectoral), cornerback Dunta Robinson (shoulder) and safety William Moore (hip).

Nicholas suffered the ankle injury against Washington on Sunday. He returned to the game, but couldn’t push off well on the ankle.

The defense could be hampered if Nicholas can’t play. He has had a hand in three of the Falcons’ 14 takeaways, including an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

“Stephen has had a good start to the year,” Smith said. “We are certainly hoping that he’s going to be able to get back. We’ll know more and more as the week goes on. If he’s not, we’ve got to make adjustments and we’ll do that. We have guys who have played his position, a number of guys that are trained to play the [strongside] position and the dime.”

Veteran linebacker Mike Peterson is the team’s top linebacker reserve and would see action if Nicholas doesn’t rebound quickly.

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me

October 10th, 2012
5:29 pm

me

October 10th, 2012
5:32 pm

Rest everyone…. we have 2 bye weeks in a row.

hold him out

October 10th, 2012
5:34 pm

Why not give him a couple weeks to recuperate? We’ve got the bye week after this game and we should be able to handle the Raiders with 75% of our team.

Joe

October 10th, 2012
5:40 pm

Dont look past Oakland, at the same time dont risk futher injury for oakland. Go Birds

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 10th, 2012
5:49 pm

I say let nicholas sit out this week, give him two weeks to recover, peterson should be able to replace him fine against oakland thats not to say oakland wont try to exploit it but we should be fine just put the heat on carson palmer and he wont kno wat to do as far as mcfadden goes, we may have trouble with him but i believe nolan can make it work hell biermann can play the other linbacker position hes been a beast this year so far.

Thomas

October 10th, 2012
5:52 pm

Resting Nicholas would be best, the team has other capable players to get us through this week. If we get a good lead on the Raiders we should pull our guys out off the game anyways. More rest will be better and needed, you know we have Philly coming up after the bye week.

Chance

October 10th, 2012
5:56 pm

I would say rest him also but dent has looked pretty bad. And we need to stop DMC if we are going to win.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 10th, 2012
6:05 pm

I dont think stopping mcfadden will be too much of an issue simply because he is their only true threat i say stack the box and blitz all game i think we can handle the recievers man to man with their top reciever coming off an injury

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 10th, 2012
6:07 pm

And i wouldnt pull starters unless its a serious lead they are gonna get two weeks to rest anyhow so unless its a blowout i wouldnt pull the starters

The Grinch

October 10th, 2012
6:12 pm

Don’t sleep on Oakland; they’re still an NFL team.

AlanFalcon

October 10th, 2012
6:14 pm

Need this win then we go onto the by week and everyone would have a chance to heal.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 10th, 2012
6:25 pm

Exactly they wont need this rxtra game off to heal they will have plenty time, the only one i wouldnt play unless he says hes completely healed is nicholas aside frome him id play all my starters

Answer This

October 10th, 2012
6:29 pm

TCB early and we can let him rest….that means a BIG day from the D on Sunday! Look for the President (Abraham) to get some heat on Palmer and make his day a long one!

David

October 10th, 2012
6:49 pm

Rest after you win the Super Bowl !

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 10th, 2012
7:17 pm

Even super bowl winners rest during their byes these guys are constantly traveling with no back to back home games. If they dont rest their play will regress

SCFalcon

October 10th, 2012
7:19 pm

Thank goodness Oakland is a home game.

TalkReal

October 10th, 2012
7:27 pm

I apprecite the news but hat’s bad news. That’s all defensive starters and our backup tght end. Those boys better get back to work.

rz up 2012

October 10th, 2012
7:29 pm

Peterson will step up just like he did last year when called upon

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Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 10th, 2012
7:32 pm

@talkreal most of those injuries i wouldnt be too worried about, many are small and are only on the list to syc out the other teams no worries

Esquire

October 10th, 2012
7:44 pm

The Grinch

October 10th, 2012
6:12 pm

Don’t sleep on Oakland; they’re still an NFL team.
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Any given Sunday……………..

Esquire

October 10th, 2012
7:49 pm

“The defense could be hampered if Nicholas can’t play”

These guys have done nothing but step up all year!!

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 10th, 2012
8:03 pm

While id agree that our guys have been steping upand i agree nicholas is a big part of that i feel it a bit more of importance for him to be at full health against the bigger better teams, i fully believe our defense can handle oakland without nicholas, he needs to heal up rather than risking him further injuring that ankle and be out for the season rather than just one game, dont get me wrong i love nicholas and i want him to play as much as anyone but i believe his health is more important than having him on the field against oakland, and anyhow if he cant push off the ankle then peterson or anyone else will be more effective on the field of play, him playing hurt would make the position even more of a hole JMHO

JSS

October 10th, 2012
8:24 pm

Let one of those “cross-trained” linemen play linebacker, ha ha depth all over that roster!!!

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 10th, 2012
8:37 pm

What does this post have anything to do with cross trained lineman JSS, hmmmm better check your self i know your pissing yourself over your teams 1-4 record

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 10th, 2012
8:57 pm

Heck new orleans team needs starters on defense before they can even think about depth wat happened to that DT from canada i thought they said he was supposed to be the next jimmy grahm, HA!! Pathetic if you ask me

JSS

October 10th, 2012
8:58 pm

Your Mississippi is showing… It is called “s-a-r-c-a-s-m!” If Joe Hawley can play tight end and drop passes all over the place, maybe Holmes can move over and give them a hand…

PS…
Since you seem to be wanting to pick a blog fight, it might help if you get your facts straight first…
1. I have no team
2. Be careful about running with knives and sharp objects
3. “teams” is plural.

Hobbler

October 10th, 2012
10:00 pm

The invisible 3 ghosts on D are Jerry, Dent and Edwards. I believe in Peterson and he will make more plays than these 3 ghosts combined if we need him to play the entire game with the first unit this week.

HAL

October 10th, 2012
10:03 pm

I think we’re going to need Nicholas. McFadden can run the ball and we don’t want to let him get going.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 10th, 2012
10:26 pm

@Jss Oh and dont forget it’s teams ARE plural if you wanna give me an english lesson please make sure your english is correct. And i could care less if you have a team or even if you spend all your merry time on your fat arse at home on your computer just waiting to post your next comment on a new blog about the falcons, no im not interested in a BLOG FIGHT, as gay as you seem by referring it to a fight is just pathetic in its own right. Now i understand why other falcon fans just scroll past your comments, because they make no sense as to what the blog is about and have no relevent information about this team or its players.

Trevor

October 10th, 2012
10:34 pm

rise up falcons win ugly..blowout… just win baby! We look past no one

Trevor

October 10th, 2012
10:38 pm

And hobbler just because u dnt put up stats dnt mean u r a non contributer its a team no one man can make plays wo the other no disrespect but cmon man they wrk hard night n and night out be a lil more considerate

shesoleo

October 10th, 2012
11:03 pm

Even though you don’t hear his name called a lot, I think P.Jerry is playing much improved football than he did last year.

FalconJim

October 10th, 2012
11:14 pm

Nicholas will play….guaranteed.

Tony Richards

October 10th, 2012
11:30 pm

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 11th, 2012
12:01 am

I think p jerry is playing well as well. I think our run defense is a problem because of our scheme and our MLB hasnt had the amount of experience starting at this level hell shore it up im sure, dent just needs some time to adjust to the speed of the nfl. I have complete faith in this team and our run defense has actually shown up for the most part when its needed most, mainly in the red zone and on third and fourth down and shorts. If you ask me thats all that matters, they may not be the best but they have shown up when it matters most just like the offense has

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Paddy

October 11th, 2012
7:55 am

Hobbler…….Jerry has actually played well so far this season. Dent only plays 1/3 of the snaps, so it is difficult to have big numbers. But Ewards, he is about invisable!

Kelvin

October 11th, 2012
9:14 am

Oakland is coming off their bye week. They’re rested and have had two weeks to prepare for the Falcons. I’m sure they think it would be a big feather in their cap to knock off an undefeated team. The Falcons on the other hand are about to enter their bye week. I’m sure some of the guys are thinking about what they are going to do with their time off and are looking at the 1-3 Oakland Raiders thinking this won’t be that difficult. This is a classic trap game. Falcons need to be careful.

North FLA Falcon

October 11th, 2012
9:20 am

Pressure the QB and wrap up McFadden!

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JSS ???

October 11th, 2012
9:51 am

Great, who left the gate open ??

GA_Native

October 11th, 2012
10:30 am

Kelvin- I thought no one would get to the most critical point on this blog. TRAP GAME. Oakland is fresh off a bye. That’s big. We are one game away from vacation—-errr- a bye of our own. These 2 ingredients scare me. I hope the coaches have them focused enough to go out an beat an inferior-talented team in spite of the circmumstances.

North FLA Falcon

October 11th, 2012
10:59 am

We need to keep our foot on the gas for the entire game. If Oakland even gets to midfield, Janikowski can boot 55+ yd FGs all day, in a dome. So they will put up some points. I like our offense matched up vs their defense but we need to gut this one out!

Greg

October 11th, 2012
11:13 am

I think Janikowski is going to miss this week based on the Oakland injury report I saw last night. Can’t wait until Sunday….I’ll be out in the tailgate lot by 9:30 ready to get loud in the dome to go 6-0 before the bye!

ItsMe

October 11th, 2012
11:58 am

me

October 10th, 2012
5:32 pm
Rest everyone…. we have 2 bye weeks in a row

LOL! Agree.

ItsMe

October 11th, 2012
11:59 am

The Grinch

October 10th, 2012
6:12 pm
Don’t sleep on Oakland; they’re still an NFL team.

ZZZZZZZZZZZZ………..

shannyeight

October 11th, 2012
3:08 pm

Jerry showed up in a couple of games for some big plays- namely last week against Washington. I agree with Grinch- I wouldnt sleep on Oakland…they did beat Pittsburgh, who took them lightly. At the same time, they need to convert 3rd downs to 1st downs and TDs…too many points being left on the field, with folks dropping the ball.

ijonathan

October 11th, 2012
8:02 pm

JSS, you may have been flailing with sarcasm on the “cross trained linemen”…but while Biermann is seemingly always a half second late or too deep on the pash rush, you could do worse than to have him put in significant time in a LB/DE hybrid role.