Atlanta Falcons: Asante Samuel (shoulder), William Moore (hamstring) sit out practice again




By Michael Cunningham

FLOWERY BRANCH–Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel (shoulder) and safety William Moore (hamstring) sat out practice for the second consecutive day.

“Those two guys, we will see if we can get them out here and move around a little more tomorrow,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.

Samuel declined comment when approached in the locker room before practice.

“I can’t talk when I’m injured,” Samuel said.

Samuel suffered the injury to his right shoulder against the Cardinals on Nov. 18 and then left Thursday’s game against the Saints in the first quarter after aggravating the injury. Before leaving that game, Samuel appeared unable to lift his right arm above his head.

Smith said because Samuel didn’t last long against New Orleans the team would be cautious for Sunday’s game.

“Most certainly,” Smith said. “He was only able to play three plays, so we are going to definitely be very cautious and make sure he’s ready to go. He wants to be out there playing, I know that, but we want to make sure he gets cleared by the doctors before we get him out there.”

Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry (thigh) and running back Michael Turner (elbow) participated in practice on a limited basis. Smith said Turner should be ready to play in the game Sunday.

Missing practice today for the Panthers were linebacker James Anderson, center Jeff Byers, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, safety Charles Godfrey, wide receiver Brandon LaFell, and running back Jonathan Stewart.

28 comments Add your comment

SirReal

December 6th, 2012
3:50 pm

First! We should rest them both on Sunday D Led. Time to get healthy for our run.

ShaneOmac

December 6th, 2012
3:53 pm

I dont like the news about Moore though SirReal. He is our leading tackler

waynester

December 6th, 2012
4:11 pm

All I want is a WIN–but It would really be helpful if our guys could put up a big lead vs CAR and get our young players some significant snaps. This is a tough stretch in the season with a lot of fellas slowed by injuries large and small and a few extra breathers would be a terrific luxury. Here’s hoping our Offense gets cranked up and we can put a few teams away early….

Falcon James

December 6th, 2012
4:26 pm

Asante needs to be in the hot tub taking it easy. He can cheer on his team mates from the bench.

Falcon James

December 6th, 2012
4:41 pm

Is it at all unusual for players to have hamstring injuries this far into the season? I could see them getting them in Camp and Preseason because of being somewhat out of shape.

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Sausage King of Chicago

December 6th, 2012
5:19 pm

I say let em suit up, but don’t put em in the game unless we’re behind in the 2nd half

SirReal

December 6th, 2012
5:27 pm

ShaneOmac Yeah I dont either….but I’m a glass half full kinda guy so I think it’s good that it’s happening now vs week 16-17,etc. I think we can afford to let him rest a week b/c even if we lose (yeah right.lol) we’d be 11-2 and still a couple games ahead of SF and CHI.

AlanFalcon

December 6th, 2012
5:42 pm

If the Falcons don’t take Hardy’s comments as an insult, if they don’t take it to them on the field they will just call it quits, we should be strong enough to take those guys that have no real leadership, but spew alot of hot air to the barn without Moore and Samuel !!!!!!!!!!!

Does anyone in the league have any respect for our Falcons, the press is constantly talkig us down, its time to shut them up—Go Falcons.

Mr. Fatigue

December 6th, 2012
6:14 pm

The way Matty Ice is playing his arm should be on IR.

Esquire

December 6th, 2012
6:39 pm

Sigh! Peria Jerry, what a bust! I hope Smitty can find a replacement next year, but we’re stuck with him for now.

We are the MIGHTY, MIGHTY FALCONS!

Michael M.

December 6th, 2012
7:41 pm

naaawwwwwwww,don’t play those two Sunday, need to save em for the next matchup at the Dome. Atlanta can beat the Pansies without em. 12 – 1 looking pretty good……….indeed.

[...] Atlanta Falcons: Asante Samuel (shoulder), William Moore (hamstring) sit out … FLOWERY BRANCH–Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel (shoulder) & safety William Moore (hamstring) sat out practice for the second consecutive day. “Those two guys, we’ll see if we can get them out here & move around a little more tomorrow,” … Read more on Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) [...]

phil

December 6th, 2012
9:39 pm

Asoftie Samuel whining and sitting out more practices….

Esquire

December 6th, 2012
11:38 pm

Esquire
December 6th, 2012
6:39 pm

Sigh! Peria Jerry, what a bust! I hope Smitty can find a replacement next year, but we’re stuck with him for now.

We are the MIGHTY, MIGHTY FALCONS!..

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Nope, that’s not me…………………

Coach, rest these guys!! We got FAM who can step up!!

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!!

(It’s got to kill Seen to even type We are the MIGHTY, MIGHTY FALCONS!)

They are bailing on their QB down their like crazy………….!!!.

Esquire

December 6th, 2012
11:43 pm

Got to get me one of those new “Rise Up” shirts!!

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Esquire

December 6th, 2012
11:46 pm

Note to Scene:

You never should have come on the Falcons Blog Peeshwank. How does it taste, your own medicine that is? I know you were thinking I meant something else…………..

Esquire

December 6th, 2012
11:48 pm

Note to Scene: have your Mommy sing this to you. Oh yeah, I forgot Mommy is doing 5-10 in St. Gabriel. for meth………..oh well, my bad. Well then, have your Dad sing it. What, oh………you haven’t got a dad, why you son of a pimp.

Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
Now we got ears, it’s time for cheers
Hot dog, hot dog, the problem’s solved
Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
Grab my boots and a sandwich
Let’s start a parade
Get the coconut drum kit
For Daisy to play
Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
We’re taking off, we’re dancing now
Hot dog, leapfrog, and holy cow
Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
It’s a brand new day
Whatcha waiting for?
Get up, stretch out, stomp on the floor
Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
We’re splitting the scene
We’re full of beans
So long for now from Mickey Mouse (That’s me!)
And the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”

Esquire

December 6th, 2012
11:49 pm

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

Esquire out……………………….

old qb

December 7th, 2012
12:14 am

Smitty has been very wise about not playing players that have injuries that could linger intothe remainer of the season. Please–don’t play Moore or Samuel against Carolina. They’ll both be needed against the Giants. Owens had a good game, but is hot or cold. By now he realizes he has to be hot if he wants to get on the field and have a roster spot next wear with MCClain having a good year. Chris Hope is a quality veteran former all-pro and can take over for William Moore so Moore can be ready for the Giants. Bottom line is the Falcons can beat the Panthers without risking further injury to Moore or Samuel to two starters we’ll need for the playoffs. So, DON’T play them this week even if they’re begging to get in.

okeetee

December 7th, 2012
7:23 am

Let them both rest this weekend…..we don’t need them to beat these chumps! Besides, our bench/second unit has stepped in quite nicely in the secondary, in fact outplaying the first string most of the time! When were the Falcons ever this deep in the secondary? NEVER! It’s basically why we are 11-1 and rolling!

Sid

December 7th, 2012
7:40 am

@Esquire:

How old are you? Four? Talk about a blog peeshwank, take a good look in the mirror and see the definition of a peeshwank.

[...] certainly,” Smith said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He was only able to play three plays, so we are going to definitely be very cautious and make sure he’s ready to go. He [...]

Coach D

December 7th, 2012
8:31 am

Samuel is a warrior but we shouldn’t play him until the playoffs. I’d bet he’ll have to have surgery in the off season.
Game plan: run right at Hardy at least 10 to 15 times. Even if we don’t get a yard pound it at him to send a little message. Mess with big brother & eventually you’ll reap the consequences – Lil’ Hardy!

DC Dirty Bird

December 7th, 2012
8:47 am

There is a significant drop off between Chris Hope and WillyMo, however, I’d rather see WillyMo healthy against NYG and Tampa. You always want to win against potential playoff teams. Besides, if we shore up the protections, I’m sure we can put up 30+ on the road against the Panthers.

okeetee

December 7th, 2012
11:00 am

Frankly, if we lose to these clowns it will be the biggest upset of the weekend, even though we are only 3 point favorites! We just have a better team and organization from top to bottom to lose to the Panthers!

Jimmy Crack

December 7th, 2012
12:28 pm

Don’t rush anyone back.

We need a healthy secondary if we are going to succeed in the playoffs.

Enkinan

December 7th, 2012
3:12 pm

Samuel’s arm looks shredded from what I can tell, seemed confirmed after he dropped those 2 interceptions a few weeks back. He never misses easy catches like those. Hopefully is is good to go for the playoffs.