Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones returned to practice; Weatherspoon out with illness





081612 ATLANTA: Atlanta Falcons (20) Brent Grimes (from left), (11) Julio Jones and (32) Jacquizz Rodgers exit the tunnel and take the field to warmup for their preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, August 16, 2012.      CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

081612 ATLANTA: Atlanta Falcons (20) Brent Grimes (from left), (11) Julio Jones and (32) Jacquizz Rodgers exit the tunnel and take the field to warmup for their preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, August 16, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who is battling a right ankle injury, returned to practice on Thursday.

Jones, who suffered the injury against New Orleans, has not practiced since Nov. 9. He was limited at practice.

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who is also coming back from an ankle injury, did not practice because of an illness.

Defensive tackle Peria Jerry (thigh), safety Charles Mitchell (calf) and cornerback Asante Samuel (right shoulder) did not practice.

Defensive end John Abraham (back), defensive tackle/end Jonathan Babineaux (neck), kicker Matt Bryant (back), wide receiver Kevin Cone (groin), cornerback Christopher Owens (thigh), running back Michael Turner (groin) and defensive tackle Vance Walker (ribs) were all limited.

Also, quarterback Matt Ryan was listed on the injury report with a left finger injury. He fully participated in practice.

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[...] Charles Mitchell (calf) and cornerback Asante Samuel (right shoulder) did not practice. Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution   [...]

jaz

November 22nd, 2012
2:02 pm

Hey Spoon, some turkey soup ought to clear that up!

lowdownjj

November 22nd, 2012
2:57 pm

Happy day Turkeys! Spoon needs to stay inside before he gets struck by lightning too…jeez…what’s next? And I hope Matt Bryant gets over his (kick) injury soon. Sounds like that might be serious

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

November 22nd, 2012
3:01 pm

Jeez c, mon man what is up with the injury crap. I hope spoons illness isnt serious

Sambo 4 Rambo

November 22nd, 2012
3:10 pm

Water boy (water) limited in practice

phil

November 22nd, 2012
3:14 pm

Just more excuses to set us up for Sunday’s whipping……

phil

November 22nd, 2012
3:15 pm

Spoon just doesn’t want to play….

Release him now.

Big Crimson 75

November 22nd, 2012
5:07 pm

Word around the camp fire is Asante’s done for the regular season.

The Real Rick

November 22nd, 2012
6:07 pm

Is this true about 2-2

hiramsaint

November 22nd, 2012
7:42 pm

happy thanksgiving atlanta !

Whadda Ya Know?

November 22nd, 2012
8:08 pm

Don’t rush Julio back too soon. Make sure he’s healthy. Weatherspoon needs a good shot of ngac and he should be good to go.

Whadda Ya Know?

November 22nd, 2012
8:10 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Hiram!

Playoff Wins

November 22nd, 2012
8:17 pm

1 and done is right on schedule.

Herpes Butter

November 22nd, 2012
8:26 pm

Mikey

November 22nd, 2012
9:41 pm

I sure hope Matt Bryant’s kick gets better quickly. That is pretty essential to his job. I wonder how he hurt his kick.

F. You

November 22nd, 2012
9:51 pm

Whiznot

November 22nd, 2012
10:57 pm

Which finger is your left finger. Where is the body part you called “kick”–I think I was born without one.

Falcons Rule.

November 22nd, 2012
11:08 pm

Angry birds will dominate them booty pirates….42-6….book it. Mattie Ice Ice Baby will redeem himself….you wait and see you azzclown fakeazz fans……get off the wagon.

Falcons Rule.

November 22nd, 2012
11:10 pm

Oh 18-1 and the first of several Lombardi’s…..dynasty in the making……..RISE UP!!!!!

Surg

November 22nd, 2012
11:21 pm

Damn man what the hell… All these freakin’ injuries. It started with Ewing and Grimes then the snowball kept getting bigger…

Esquire

November 23rd, 2012
6:20 am

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

My trailers got a 7 ft.x 5ft screen & projector

November 23rd, 2012
6:36 am

hiramsaint
November 22nd, 2012
7:42 pm

happy thanksgiving atlanta !
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choke on it

hiramsaint: “if you wanna really laugh go to AJC.COM click on the falcons then d. orlando ledbetter and blog with those morons . they get mad so e-z and it’s fun to do it” hiramsaint

waynester

November 23rd, 2012
7:41 am

It may seem like a lot of our guys are hurt but we’ve really been blessed with very few injuries in comparison with other teams….

Esquire

November 23rd, 2012
7:57 am

Here is SUXThisBZERO admitting the Falcons are a better team than the Caints:

He wrote:
The falcan’ts should be listed just after Baltimore.

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meaning in the power rankings 2 weeks ago where Baltimore is 7th and Caints are 15th.

1. (2) Houston Texans 8-1 2. (1) Atlanta Falcons 8-1 3. (3) Chicago Bears 7-2 4. (4) Green Bay Packers 6-3 5. (6) San Francisco 49ers 6-2-1 6. (7) New England Patriots 6-3 7. (8) Baltimore Ravens 7-2 8. (10) Denver Broncos 6-3 9. (9) Pittsburgh Steelers 6-3 10. (5) New York Giants 6-4
11. (11) Seattle Seahawks 6-4 12. (14) Indianapolis Colts 6-3 13. (13) Minnesota Vikings 6-4
14. (16) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-4 15. (20) Caints 4-5

yeahsure

November 23rd, 2012
7:58 am

Injuries happen. This just makes the 1st round bye that much more important. Falcons will come out and play hard this Sunday. Big plays to Roddy and Tony will set up the run during the 2nd half.

Freeman thinks he can rest without Grimes haunting him? Think again, McClain will do his Grimes impression this Sunday.
Falcons move to 10-1.

Esquire

November 23rd, 2012
8:47 am

Whadda Ya Know?
November 22nd, 2012
8:10 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Hiram!
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You can’t be a Falcons fan and be pleasant to a gol dern caint troll…………..get off the bandwagon.

Stepchild

November 23rd, 2012
9:41 am

After watching the Lions, outplay the Texans and then fall victim to the same penalty ,”throwing the challenge flag when you don’t need to” that the Falcons suffered this past week. It’s hard not to think that the Falcons who were able to overcome the penalty & the Texans who mysteriously benefited from it to go on and win the game……maybe…just maybe…..they are destined to meet in the Superbowl!!! Texans vs. Falcons for all the marbles. hmmm…..doesn’t sound too bad.

Stepchild

November 23rd, 2012
9:43 am

Falcons….gotta get healthy. I’m so nervous about the end of the season….because the more important the game the more we seem to shrink under the pressure…..

Stepchild

November 23rd, 2012
9:44 am

The Lions Schultz = Falcons Mike Smith……just don’t know that they are elite coaching material.

Adogg36

November 23rd, 2012
9:50 am

Still worried about us hah.Like I said before worry about dem 9ers and making da playoffs****.FALCONS FOR LIFE****Rise but don’t pop!!!!!

Esquire

November 23rd, 2012
10:09 am

NFL on CBS: Week 12 – November 25, 2012

Denver @ Kansas City
Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Buffalo @ Indianapolis
Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Pittsburgh @ Cleveland
Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
Oakland @ Cincinnati
Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
Tennessee @ Jacksonville
Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein

LATE GAMES:
Baltimore @ San Diego (Atlanta market)
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

NFL on FOX: Week 12 Early Game
Minnesota @ Chicago
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Atlanta @ Tampa Bay
Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick
Seattle @ Miami
Chris Myers, Tim Ryan

NFL on FOX: Week 12 Late Game
San Francisco @ New Orleans (Atlanta Market)
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
St. Louis @ Arizona
Dick Stockton, John Lynch

Wow, Tampa Bay didn’t sell out the game and is blacked out locally.

Anyone within roughly 125 miles of Raymond James Stadium will not be able to watch Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons live on TV.

Esquire

November 23rd, 2012
10:18 am

Football today!!

ABC 14 Nebraska @ Iowa, 12:00
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham West Virginia @ Iowa State, 3:30
Dave Lamont, Kelly Stouffer

CBS 7 LSU @ Arkansas, 2:30
Tim Brando, Steve Beuerlein

FOX 25 Washington @ Washington State, 3:30
Craig Bolerjack, Joel Klatt

ESPN
ESPN2 Syracuse @ Temple, 11 AM
Tom Hart, John Congemi
ESPNU Ohio @ 23 Kent State, 11 AM
Adam Amin, Tom Luginbill

FX Utah @ Colorado, 3:00
Mike Morgan, J.C. Pearson

CBSSN Marshall @ East Carolina, 2:00
Ben Holden, Todd Christensen

OTHERS Northern Illinois @ Eastern Michigan, 1:00
ESPN3: Frank Giardina, Bob Chmiel
Buffalo @ Bowling Green (in Columbus), 2:00
Buckeye Cable: Greg Franke, Tom Cole
ESPN South Florida @ Cincinnati, 7:00
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley Arizona State @ 24 Arizona, 10:00
Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore

Esquire

November 23rd, 2012
10:33 am

Stepchild
November 23rd, 2012
9:44 am

The Lions Schultz = Falcons Mike Smith……just don’t know that they are elite coaching material.

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Mike Smith is coaching lights out, this Schultz fella…………..who does he coach for? Nobody on the Lions team, coaches or roster, by the name of Schultz. Maybe you were thinking of Schlitz Beer. Have another one.

FalconPride66

November 23rd, 2012
10:39 am

The Texans needed overtime 2 weeks in a row to win … last week vs the lowly Jaguars. Would anyone call them “lucky”? Or are they just a good team? Same with the Falcons. Good teams find a way to win no matter what. Injuries, poor QB play, a weakness in one aspect of the game … whatever … just win. The Bucs will be tough but we can win it.

Esquire

November 23rd, 2012
10:45 am

Saturday, November 24
ABC 19 Michigan @ Ohio State, 12:00
Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman 4 Florida @ 10 Florida State, 3:30
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge

CBS Auburn @ 2 Alabama, 3:30
Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson

FOX Baylor vs Texas Tech (in Dallas), 2:30
Justin Kutcher, Eric Crouch

ESPN Georgia Tech @ 3 Georgia, 12:00
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese 13 Oklahoma @ 21 Oklahoma State, 3:30
Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell
ESPN2 18 Rutgers @ Pittsburgh, 12:00
Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway Wisconsin @ Penn State, 3:30
Mark Jones, Brock Huard
ESPNU Virginia @ Virginia Tech, 12:00
Tom Hart, John Congemi Vanderbilt @ Wake Forest, 3:30
Anish Shroff, Dan Hawkins

Esquire

November 23rd, 2012
10:46 am

FX Tulsa @ Southern Methodist, 12:00
Steve Physioc, Brian Baldinger
FSN
(national) UAB @ Central Florida, 12:00
Mike Gleason, Gary Reasons

FS Ariz, Det, Fla, MW, North, Ohio, SW, West, Wisc
SportSouth
ROOT NW, Pitt, Rocky
CW56 Boston
My20 Washington
KICU San Francisco
FCS Atlantic
Tulane @ Houston, 3:30
Ron Thulin, Dave Lapham

FS Ariz, Det, Fla, MW, North, Ohio, SW, West, Wisc
SportSouth
MSG+
ROOT Pitt
KICU San Francisco
FCS Central
FSN/FCS
(regional) Maryland @ North Carolina, 3:00
Rich Waltz, Keith Jones

FS Ariz+, North+, SD, South, SW+
SUN Sports
NESN
Prime Ticket
CSN DC
ESPN3

BTN
(channels) Illinois @ Northwestern, 12:00
Eric Collins, Derek Rackley Michigan State @ Minnesota, 3:30
Kevin Kugler, Glen Mason
Indiana @ Purdue, 12:00
Josh Lewin, J. Leman

Pac-12
Networks 5 Oregon @ 15 Oregon State, 3:00
Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker

NBCSN Air Force @ Fresno State, 3:30
Todd Harris, Anthony Herron
CSS North Texas @ Western Kentucky, 1:00
Tom Dore, Cole Cubelic
also CST, ESPN3 Southern Mississippi @ Memphis, 4:30
Matt Stewart, Chuck Oliver
also CSN Hou/DC+/Bay/NW, Comcast Network Phila

SEC Ntwk
(stations) Kentucky @ Tennessee, 12:00
Dave Neal, Andre Ware
also ESPN3
ACC Ntwk
(stations) Miami @ Duke, 12:30
Tim Brant, Dave Archer
also ESPN3
Big E Ntwk
(stations) Connecticut @ 20 Louisville, 12:00
Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante
also ESPN3

Stepchild

November 23rd, 2012
10:57 am

“Penicillin would help…..only he knows where he’s been dipping his Spoon.”….

Stepchild

November 23rd, 2012
11:00 am

Esquire – - – “The Lions Schultz = Falcons Mike Smith……just don’t know that they are elite coaching material.”

Both Mike Smith & Charles Schultz are from the Peanuts league….

yeahsure

November 23rd, 2012
11:10 am

As bad as the Falcons have been playing the past few weeks, i have confidence in their abilities. We still have Ryan, Roddy, Abe, and hopefully Spoon back. Koetter has been mediocre since the Eagles game but i expect him to bounce back as well.

The good thing about this year is that we know that the team can win with a fast start AND a slow start. In years past, we would be in trouble trying to run our offense playing from behind.

Esquire

November 23rd, 2012
11:29 am

I really shocked about this:

What a huge game for them………………huge for us but even bigger for them….!!!

Tampa Bay didn’t sell out the game and is blacked out locally.

Anyone within roughly 125 miles of Raymond James Stadium will not be able to watch Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons live on TV.

Esquire

November 23rd, 2012
11:31 am

I ….I’m …..whoever ……………….lol………………….ME

Dwayne

November 23rd, 2012
11:42 am

Esquire, you are emabarassing Falcon fans.

Adogg36

November 23rd, 2012
1:16 pm

How is he imabarrassing falcon fans dats not our fault dey can’t sell seats.Im from n.c dey gone so it here.****FALCON FOR LIFE*****

True Falcon Fan

November 23rd, 2012
1:24 pm

That is very surprising, the game not being sold-out. Doesn’t really say much for the marketing department of the Buccaneers does it!!! The local bars within 125 mile radius should be pumping the beer & booze for sure…….
Our offensive line should have a big game protecting MR2 —- this could be his first 4 TD passing game or maybe 5 for MR2….. If the same Falcon defense that played last week against the Cardinals, if they show-up — then long day for Bucs #5 & group for sure…..

Falcons 35 — Bucooos 24

Go Falcons —- Ain’ts next —- 11/29th “The Statement Game”

Chuck Shick

November 23rd, 2012
1:26 pm

@Adogg36 – Dude, your old English teacher must sure be proud of you!

Adogg36

November 23rd, 2012
1:33 pm

Chuck shick; u gots to be and aint.

atlfalconsfan0125

November 23rd, 2012
2:12 pm

Matt Bryant’s Kick is hurt? Damn what will do now? lol

Falcons Rule.

November 23rd, 2012
4:45 pm

It means Matt Bryant has a hurt leg you monkeys. Don’t you azzclowns have anything better to do than nitpick? D Led is an ELITE journalist and we are lucky to have him working at the AJC……OH and the angry birds will destroy those booty pirates 42-6….book it……get off the wagon you fakeazz clown fans.

Esquire

November 23rd, 2012
5:10 pm

Stepchild
November 23rd, 2012
11:00 am

Esquire – – – “The Lions Schultz = Falcons Mike Smith……just don’t know that they are elite coaching material.”

Both Mike Smith & Charles Schultz are from the Peanuts league….
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Well why did you say you are Nancy from Comic strip stardom!! Love your hair!!

(keep that career as a comedian on hold, it may not pay what you make at McDonald’s)

RunninWithTheDawgs

November 23rd, 2012
6:19 pm

Spoon probably had too much turkey and dressing with his wine…………or too much wine with his turkey and dressing. Whatever the case may be he is THE man out of all our lbs. So let him sit out this week. We can whip the Bucs without him, but after this week he needs to come back strong. GO FALCONS !