Atlanta Falcons: Joe Hawley will return to the team Tuesday

FLOWERY BRANCH –Falcons center/guard Joe Hawley, who has served his four-game suspension, will return to the team on Tuesday, Falcons coach Mike Smith said.

It is unknown who the team will release to open up a roster spot for Hawley’s return. Guard Harland Gunn was signed to take Hawley’s spot on Nov. 20. He has been inactive for the last four games.

Hawley was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy on Nov. 19. He tested positive for Adderall and not any anabolic steroids, according to his agent Kevin Omell.

“He is sincerely sorry to his teammates, coaches and Falcons fans for the consequences of this oversight,” according to a statement released by Omell. “Joe will work diligently every day of this suspension to stay in top football shape and be ready to help the team continue the success they’ve achieved thus far this season. He has chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation which is why he will not exercise his appeal rights and will begin serving the suspension immediately.”

Adderall has been on the league’s banned substance list since 2006.

The NFLPA issues a handbook to players each year with list of the banned substances.

Hawley started 12 games last season at guard and center.

Hawley tested positive during a routine test administered by the NFL. Adderall, which can be used to treat symptoms linked to attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy, is among the league’s list of banned substance but can be used legally in the NFL as long as a player applies for an exemption from the league.

Hawley, who was used as a fullback earlier this season, played in six games before his suspension.

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24 comments Add your comment

backatcha

December 17th, 2012
3:39 pm

backatcha

December 17th, 2012
3:41 pm

Glad to hear that Joe is safe (that’s most important) & that he was remorseful for his actions! Go Falcons!

Esquire

December 17th, 2012
3:53 pm

Just in time for some Saturday night fightin!!!!!

Like Elton John wrote,

Don’t give us none of your aggravation
We had it with your discipline
Saturday night’s alright for fighting
Get a little action in

Obliterate Detroit!!!

Falcon James

December 17th, 2012
3:55 pm

Hey Joe, Don’t do that again……..By the way, did you see what the Falcon did to the Champ on Sunday and the Saint a couple of weeks before….It was a thing of beauty. STB4 mommy grounded him and not allowed to use the computer for bringing a guy home, Hiram skipped town and has not been seen in months and MCR is dillusion and still hoping a win next week. Not much else is going on except the Saint won’t be playing in the playoff this year because they stunk up the NFC all season again.

Esquire

December 17th, 2012
4:15 pm

Falcons Offense
PTS 26.5 (7th ) YDS 377.4 (7th) PASS YDS 287.5 (5th) RUSH YDS 89.9 (28th)
Detroit Defense
PTS 27.1 (28th) YDS 337.5 (12th) PASS YDS 218.1 (11th) RUSH YDS 119.4 (18th)
Detroit Offense
PTS 23.6 (14th) YDS 406.5 (2nd) PASS YDS 302.1 (1st) RUSH YDS 104.4 (23rd)
Falcons Defense
PTS 18.5 (4th)YDS 354.4 (19th) PASS YDS 229.5 (17th) RUSH YDS 124.9 (24th)

Esquire

December 17th, 2012
4:21 pm

Falcon James
December 17th, 2012
3:55 pm

Hey Joe, Don’t do that again……..By the way, did you see what the Falcon did to the Champ on Sunday and the Saint a couple of weeks before….It was a thing of beauty. STB4 mommy grounded him and not allowed to use the computer for bringing a guy home, Hiram skipped town and has not been seen in months and MCR is dillusion and still hoping a win next week. Not much else is going on except the Saint won’t be playing in the playoff this year because they stunk up the NFC all season again.

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Maybe hiramsaint has taken on a new handle, he has been MIA for weeks!!! He’s got himself a projection screen tv in his trailer…………….!!

silly haters

December 17th, 2012
4:27 pm

Esquire imposter = Seen or JSS……..but more than likely JSS. You know the Falcons winning has REALLY gotten under someones skin

thejama

December 17th, 2012
4:33 pm

Always good to get some depth back on the roster. However, the damage is done and Konz is the starter now.
I also see the team drafting Guard/Tackle in April w/ Konz moving to Center to replace Mud Duck McClure as he retires.

Mario

December 17th, 2012
4:44 pm

Get Barrett Jones from Alabama in the draft! I would like to get Chance Warmack but he’ll likely be gone before we pick. I agree that Peter Konz will likely replace McClure when he retires. Konz is a natural at center. He was All-American at center at Wisconsin. Draft Barrett Jones, plug him at right guard where he was an All-American and national champion for the Crimson Tide his freshman year.

Fair catch Franks

December 17th, 2012
5:41 pm

The D-block green infraction is hilarious.

JSS

December 17th, 2012
6:00 pm

silly haters
December 17th, 2012
4:27 pm
‘Esquire imposter = Seen or JSS……..but more than likely JSS. You know the Falcons winning has REALLY gotten under someones skin.”

Sorry to inform you little boy, ain’t got the time to be pretending to someone else… What a retarded statement, you creeps are sinking lower by the day… But keep building that fantasy reality in your small mind…

Paralax

December 17th, 2012
6:04 pm

We miss his hands.

Falcon James

December 17th, 2012
6:38 pm

@Esquire— He must have been saving up them food stamps for a long time to get that big screen.

austinwantsyou

December 17th, 2012
6:44 pm

Don’t draft Barrett Jones that guy is a Mike Johnson clone

Pocket Passer

December 17th, 2012
8:50 pm

Dur if two players play at same school they are same player!

Tyler Bray = Peyton Manning

Son Of Bart

December 17th, 2012
10:17 pm

Welcome back, Joe! Can’t have enough offensive lineman on this team. Hope you are, indeed, in football shape! I am yet to meet a human being who has not had a few transgressions. Welcome to the human race and welcome back to the game you love.

Flo-Ri-Duh

December 18th, 2012
9:26 am

Falcons need a LT more than a guard but any help will be appreciated. None of Bama’s OL will be available for the Falcons unless they move up in the draft and that is doubtful. A trade or free agent is the more likely solution to their OL needs.

Flo-Ri-Duh

December 18th, 2012
9:28 am

Ogletree would be a good draft choice for the Falcons as they need LB help next year – but will he turn pro and will he be available that late in the draft? Yes and NO.

Marcus

December 18th, 2012
10:13 am

^^^^^
I like the Best available OL or DL in round 1
Best available TE or LB in round 2 (like TE Joseph Fauria-UCLA or LB Sean Porter – Texas A&M)
Best available RB in round 3

Paddy

December 18th, 2012
10:19 am

Flo-Ri-Duh…….Would love to have AO next year but I think he will be off the board for the Falcons turn to draft.
Our Lt tackle have played very well this season. I woul be more inclined to go DL or TE even if TG comes back to the team.

Gamer

December 18th, 2012
12:01 pm

What is Grimes status? Can he be available for postseason?

hind tit

December 19th, 2012
11:34 am

We need a bull rusher and someone to take the place of the joke Robinson a db.

Mike Franklin

December 19th, 2012
8:09 pm

Ditto on gamer’s Grimes inquiry… what’s his status for the P/O’s?

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