Atlanta Falcons: Safety William Moore returned to practice on Saturday

November 29, 2012 - Atlanta, Ga: New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lane Moore (16) makes a catch in between Atlanta Falcons defenders Sean Weatherspoon, left, and William Moore in the first half of their game at the Georgia Dome Thursday night in Atlanta, Ga., November 29, 2012. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

November 29, 2012 - Atlanta, Ga: New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lane Moore (16) makes a catch in between Atlanta Falcons defenders Sean Weatherspoon, left, and William Moore in the first half of their game at the Georgia Dome Thursday night in Atlanta, Ga., November 29, 2012. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons safety William Moore, who missed the final four games of the regular season with a hamstring injury, returned to practice on Saturday.

The Falcons went through their last bye week practice in the team’s indoor facility and Moore, one of the team’s top tacklers, was back in action.

He expects to be 100 percent when the Falcons, who have gone 0-3 in the playoffs under fifth-year coach Mike Smith, put their 13-3 record and No. 1 seed on the line in the divisional round of the playoffs at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

Smith believes the bye week was beneficial and the Falcons could end up being at full strength for their divisional playoff game.

“You get out of a routine, but the pro is that you get to rest guys,” Smith said. “We’re resting a number of guys this week in terms of their work load. They have not come out on the practice field. Some have taken a day off. We’ve been able to give guys rest.”

Moore, defensive end John Abraham (left ankle), cornerback Dunta Robinson (head) and cornerback Christopher Owens (hamstring) could all be ready by Sunday.

“Chris has been working on the side,” Smith said. “Again, we don’t have to talk about injuries, but he’s been working on the side. We’ll have to wait and see where he is. Probably of the guys, he’s not as far along as the other guys that we’ve been talking about.”



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93 comments Add your comment

Oranjucejonz

January 5th, 2013
5:08 pm

Can we get a report on Abe specifically?

Philip

January 5th, 2013
6:26 pm

Good news. Mike smith you can see it on his face when he get mad when asked about injured players because he knows Abe will not play and he has the team facing a one and done playoff game. I also expect Owens will be out too. Great job Smitty this is the worst front four who can not put pressure on opposing QB.

lowdownjj

January 5th, 2013
6:52 pm

Can I get an “Oh hell yea!” From the masses? Welcome back Willey Moe. Bout time you “Always ready”!

Mike Smith Should Be Shown Door If Team Don't Make SB

January 5th, 2013
6:56 pm

@Phillip- how do u know who will and will not play? You r so negative. Every post you make is negative. You said last Sun/Mon that Moore would be out!!!

Granted, Abe might not be 100%, but its better than no Abe at all.

Philip

January 5th, 2013
7:02 pm

@mike smith should be shown the door!! Lmao great name there. Sorry buddy I will be positive until they win a playoff game. Smh about them right now.

Philip

January 5th, 2013
7:05 pm

Ponder is out for the Vikings. Looks like the winner of the Seahawks/Redskins will go to Atlanta.

TechNut

January 5th, 2013
7:09 pm

say what? Ponder is out????

Philip

January 5th, 2013
7:19 pm

@Technut yep Costas said it about a hour ago Webb is the starter.

Doughnut

January 5th, 2013
7:34 pm

I hope Owens (Aaron Rodger’s BFF) is out for the next 3 games. That’s why we are 13-3 this year cause Owens has been out. He’s why we have been 0-3 in playoffs in the past.

Philip

January 5th, 2013
7:40 pm

Former Falcon Matt Schaub get first playoff win. Congrats!!!

oc steve

January 5th, 2013
7:54 pm

Doughnut you’re crazy. Owens is the fastest man on the field when he plays. His game has greatly improved under Nolan because they are no longer out of position or in the wrong base coverage. Falcons need all able bodies to play.

violet123

January 5th, 2013
8:03 pm

I don’t worry about Falcons. I worry about Falcon fans, they are not supporting the team. That is sad.

PlanB

January 5th, 2013
8:24 pm

Vikings running game looking good. One pass, not so much. Minn 3 – GB 0

Matty Ice Pressure

January 5th, 2013
9:17 pm

The good news is the team won’t have to worry about facing Rodgers. The bad news is they will have to face the winner of Washington and Seattle.

WISHING

January 5th, 2013
9:34 pm

HOPE ALL THE FALCON BRASS R WATCHING THESE PLAYOFF GAMES AND R REALIZING WE DON’T HAVE A RUNNING BACK OR A PUNT RETURNER AFTER WATCHING TEAMS THAT DO

Ken

January 5th, 2013
10:11 pm

D-Led
What is going on with Sidbury? I though he had a great camp and was ready to rush the QB????

Great news on Moore and Roddy. I wonder how Abe is doing????

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

January 6th, 2013
12:04 am

Well ill just say this, if what smith is saying is true and chris owens injury is the worst out of the injured guys, and hes working out on the sidelines. Then that right there should tell you abes injury isnt as bad as it looked. If what hes saying is true then he is just resting abe till gameday to make sure hes as healthy as possible. Thats just what im getting out of the info being put out. By the way great news on willy moe.

NYFalcon

January 6th, 2013
12:09 am

We’ll need Abraham, Moore, Asante, Owens, and pretty much every other rush/cover guy we have if GB keeps this up. I figure Seattle wins tomorrow; if not, I prefer our chances at home against Washington. RGIII struggled to scramble against Dallas, so it’s not like his knee/quad will get perfect in a short week and then another week after that. And I’ll take Seattle, if need be. 3-5 on the road. Atlanta 8-0 at home. NEED EVERYONE WHO READS AND WRITES ON THIS SITE WHO WILL BE AT THE GAME TO BE AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE ON EVERY PLAY. Literally everyone. I’ll be the dude in NY starting sh*t with anyone who says we can’t. BE LOUD. HELP THEM “RISE UP!!!”

Terrell

January 6th, 2013
12:32 am

@NYFalcon, Atl is 7-1 at home and the problem with looking at Seattle’s 3-5 road record is that their games were close in the ones they lost and the ones we won at home were awfullly close.

Chattmatt

January 6th, 2013
12:44 am

Dirty Bird fans its time to get fired up.I dont care who they play all the teams left are good.The Falcons need to play with confidence and show why they are the best team in the NFC the fans need to make the dome shake.Just watching the games today i started getting fired up about next sunday.

Samuel

January 6th, 2013
6:11 am

Willy MO is a thief and brings that hard hitting to the game. I’ll bet he’s chopping at the bit.

Larry

January 6th, 2013
8:23 am

Another Sidbury question. Why?

Sidbury’s entire 2012 stats: 1 tackle

He’s a bust…stop asking!

Larry

January 6th, 2013
8:24 am

Phillip,

I find it to be a minor miracle that out of a million sper.m cells you were the fastest to the egg.

Esquire

January 6th, 2013
8:56 am

Philip
January 5th, 2013
7:40 pm

Former Falcon Matt Schaub get first playoff win. Congrats!!!

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Not only was it his first playoff win it was his first playoff game period. He was out last year with a fractured foot.

I SCREAMED for Schaub to start over Viceroy Ichiban Cooter Kooter and how unfortunate that we traded him to Houston at that time. I’m a Schaub fan unless we get a Houston vs Atlanta Super Bowl. Would I trade Ryan for Schaub………………NO WAY JOSE!

Esquire

January 6th, 2013
8:59 am

Matty Ice Pressure
January 5th, 2013
9:17 pm

The good news is the team won’t have to worry about facing Rodgers. The bad news is they will have to face the winner of Washington and Seattle.

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We very well could be facing the Packers for the NFC Championship!

Esquire

January 6th, 2013
9:00 am

Oranjucejonz
January 5th, 2013
5:08 pm

Can we get a report on Abe specifically?

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NO

Esquire

January 6th, 2013
9:03 am

WillyMo, easy does it until Jan 13th @ 1pm…………..!!! Glad to see you back.

Philip

January 6th, 2013
9:17 am

@Larry not sure what you mean but I will be at the Super Bowl in NO. How loyal of a fan will you be if the falcons make it there.

Nativebird

January 6th, 2013
9:23 am

We all know that Falcons management talking about roster availability for games is a joke. Once again….these guys flap their big ugly mouths and say nothing. Spoon hurts his ankle, they downplay it…he’s not even dressed for ThREE games? Moore “pulls” a hamstring? Week to week you say? Out the entire last quarter of the season. Hey Mike Smith….no upcoming opponent CARES whose going to play for you or not….they HAVE your roster…they all plan AS IF your starters will go! So what, your going to sneak attack them by starting your backups? Get real and tell the fans the TRUTh!

Philip

January 6th, 2013
9:34 am

Ditto Nativebird! No team fears the Falcons! Still waiting for the defense to rise up and tackle and stop the run like they did last year. Play rookies DT Robertson and J. Massaquoi. They could be solid contributors. We draft Mathews and Sidbury and they have done squat.

Stat Checker

January 6th, 2013
9:55 am

Schaub (9 seasons) + Ryan (5 seasons) = 14 seasons to get 1 playoff win. That other guy that was a supposedly loser did it at age 22.

TUG MAN

January 6th, 2013
10:00 am

falcons nations do not worry any team can lose on any sunday.keep the faith!!!!!! ATL for real

Polk County Falcon

January 6th, 2013
10:04 am

There’s a lot of smack being talked about how the Packers contained A. Peterson. He carried the ball 22 times for 99 yards and a 4.5 yd per carry average. I’m sorry but that’s not containing him. I’d be tickled if Turner was contained that way every now and then.

Eric

January 6th, 2013
10:19 am

Falcons are 0-3 in the playoffs partly because they decided some years ago to rebuild their defense with younger players via draft. Moore, Decoud, Spoon, Peters, and Biermann are still babies and they are gonna get better.

Esquire

January 6th, 2013
10:24 am

Seattle Offense
PTS 25.8 (9th) YDS 350.6 (17th) PASS YDS 189.4 (27th) RUSH YDS 161.2 (3rd)
Seattle Defense
PTS 15.3 (1st) YDS 306.2 (4th) PASS YDS 203.1 (6th) RUSH YDS 103.1 (10th)

Washington Offense
PTS 27.2 (4th) YDS 383.2 (5th) PASS YDS 213.9 (20th) RUSH YDS 169.3 (1st)
Washington Defense
PTS 24.2 (22nd) YDS 377.7 (28th) PASS YDS 281.9 (30th) RUSH YDS 95.8 (5th)

MIGHTY FALCONS OFFENSE
PTS 26.2 (7th) YDS 369.1 (8th) PASS YDS 281.8 (6th) RUSH YDS 87.3 (29th)
MIGHTY FALCONS DEFENSE
PTS 18.7 (5th) YDS 365.6 (24th) PASS YDS 242.4 (23rd) RUSH YDS 123.2 (21st)

Elvis is Alive

January 6th, 2013
10:31 am

From a yahoo.cm sports writer;
“That leaves just Ryan and Rodgers. Green Bay beat Atlanta en route to a Super Bowl title then beat up the Falcons last year in Atlanta. Rodgers has lit up the Falcons and is unstoppable on turf.
No Packers fans fear the Falcons, nor should they.
Atlanta is better than they were as a 1 seed in 2010, but not by much.
Green Bay knows they can win there and Atlanta’s defense knows they can’t hope to slow down Rodgers”.

I hope the the Falcons save this post for the bulletin board!
Should we win in our next game (Rise Up) and Green Bay becomes our second week opponent, i’d like to see this quote plastered on the chest of their QB when he is gettng up off the ground from being sacked and throwing a Pic-6.
Face it..no one except the Fans believe in this team.
You/ve proven to me u can play smashmouth football..
It’s Now or Next year !!
Rise Up.angry Birds..Rise Up..

Esquire

January 6th, 2013
10:41 am

Polk County Falcon
January 6th, 2013
10:04 am

There’s a lot of smack being talked about how the Packers contained A. Peterson. He carried the ball 22 times for 99 yards and a 4.5 yd per carry average. I’m sorry but that’s not containing him. I’d be tickled if Turner was contained that way every now and then.

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I think you’ll see Turner not leave anything on the field. The Falcons will play their best football of 2012/13 these next 3 games. BELIEVE!!!

Esquire

January 6th, 2013
10:47 am

Elvis is Alive
January 6th, 2013
10:31 am

From a yahoo.cm sports writer;

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You’re quoting a yahoo sports writer???

Polk County Falcon

January 6th, 2013
10:59 am

Esquire — I will always have the Denver game and the NY game in my thoughts to ward off the bad, and I still have plenty of faith even in MT33. Our O-line needs to step up for these next three games as does our run defense. If they’ll just give MR2 enough time to do his job and open some holes for our RB’s, and Smitty doesn’t need to be trying to sit on a 7 point lead if we get one. I think the Birds can be the best team on both sides of the ball.

PMC

January 6th, 2013
11:14 am

William Moore’s first words upon return: “Now you’re all in Big Big Trouble….Steiner, come get your whipping.”

ads

January 6th, 2013
11:28 am

no abe or slow abe means no pass rush and another early exit

Nathan

January 6th, 2013
11:45 am

worst decision in Falcons history was playing the starters last game. No Abe, one and done. KYS Mike Smith. Dumbest mover EVER. I can’t believe there is not more outrage over this. What a joke.

Vu Ḉa Avant

January 6th, 2013
12:11 pm

One and done, the falcan’ts will hold true to form. You only think your team gets no respect now, wait till after next week’s game.

Esquire

January 6th, 2013
12:15 pm

Polk County Falcon
January 6th, 2013
10:59 am

Esquire — I will always have the Denver game and the NY game in my thoughts to ward off the bad, and I still have plenty of faith even in MT33. Our O-line needs to step up for these next three games as does our run defense. If they’ll just give MR2 enough time to do his job and open some holes for our RB’s, and Smitty doesn’t need to be trying to sit on a 7 point lead if we get one. I think the Birds can be the best team on both sides of the ball.

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I concur! BELIEVE!!!

Polk County Falcon

January 6th, 2013
12:30 pm

One and done won’t happen this year just like the aints didn’t happen this year.

Esquire

January 6th, 2013
12:30 pm

Stat Checker
January 6th, 2013
9:55 am
Schaub (9 seasons) + Ryan (5 seasons) = 14 seasons to get 1 playoff win. That other guy that was a supposedly loser did it at age 22.
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He wasn’t a loser at age 22, he had the world at his feet. Could have been anything he wanted to be.
That playoff win in Green Bay was a gift. The Packers put it on the ground 3 times, losing possession all 3 times. Couple that with 2 Brett Favre INT’s and that sealed the win. HE only had 117 passing yards in the game but did run for 64 yards tying Warrick Dunn for the leading Falcons ground gainer. HE had been to Lambeau the year before as an observer, the Falcons won that game too with Chandler under center so he wasn’t unfamiliar with the frozen tundra. Yep, the Falcons (and HE) won that game. Good thing the Packers decided not to show up. Then we got our butts handed to us by the Eagles who then got their butts handed to them by the Bucs, who then in turn smoked the Oakland Raiders for the Lombardi.
2003 Record: 5-11-0, Finished 4th in NFC South Division
2004 Record: 11-5-0, Finished 1st in NFC South Division We beat a very mediocre 8-8 St Louis team to advance the the NFC Championship but got smoked by the Eagles……………again!! HE was sacked 4 times in this game.
2005 Record: 8-8-0, Finished 3rd in NFC South Division
2006 Record: 7-9-0, Finished 3rd in NFC South Division
2007 Record: 4-12-0, Finished 4th in NFC South Division Huh, HE’S gone……………!!
2008 Record: 11-5-0, Finished 2nd in NFC South Division
2009 Record: 9-7-0, Finished 2nd in NFC South Division
2010 Record: 13-3-0, Finished 1st in NFC South Division
2011 Record: 10-6-0, Finished 2nd in NFC South Division
2012 Record: 13-3-0, Finished 1st in NFC South Division

The bigger picture tells more than just the stats by themselves…………….

Esquire

January 6th, 2013
1:36 pm

Polk County Falcon
January 6th, 2013
12:30 pm

One and done won’t happen this year just like the aints didn’t happen this year.

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In other words the MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS ARE SUPER BOWL BOUND!!!

Stat Checker

January 6th, 2013
1:41 pm

Polk

Adrian Peterson’s average is 6.0 per carry. Last night he was held to 1.5 yards below his average. That’s a 25 percent drop. If Turner’s average is say 4.0, 25 percent would bring his average down to 2.5.

Soon to be 0-4

January 6th, 2013
1:45 pm