Baker to have surgery on his back

In an update on the status of Falcons offensive Sam Baker, head coach Mike Smith said in his press conference following today’s practice that Baker will undergo a minor procedure on his lower back. Smith gave no indication of how long Baker will be out, but the team has already indicated that he will not play this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Initially, Baker’s injury was said to be to his hip. But the surgical...

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Falcons bring back Gandy

Pro Football Talk cites NFL Network’s Adam Schefter as reporting that the Falcons have signed Wayne Gandy. Per the report, the Falcons worked out Gandy and Todd Steussie yesterday. Gandy is expected to shore up depth with Sam Baker being out. Gandy was cut by the Falcons this past February after serving as the team’s starting left tackle since 2006. However he missed significant time in 2007 due to a torn...

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Baker shut down with hip injury

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Falcons have decided to keep rookie left tackle Sam Baker out of this weekend’s upcoming game against the Oakland Raiders, as he’ll be sent to see two specialists about his hip. Baker did not start this past week against the Eagles due to the hip injury. Todd Weiner started in his place, but also left the game after reaggravating a previous knee injury. He was replaced by...

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Jackson busted for banned substance

Per a report by Jay Glazer during FOX’s pregame show on Sunday, Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jackson tested positive for a diuretic in a recent batch of the league’s testing for steroids and illegal substances. As such, Jackson will be subject for a four-game suspension. The story was initially broken by Josina Anderson of Denver’s FOX 31 in that several NFL players tested positive for a diuretic called Bumetanide....

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Westbrook leads Eagles over Falcons
Oct26

Westbrook leads Eagles over Falcons

The Falcons lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in a heart breaker by a score of 27-14 in a highly contested game on the road, coming off their bye week. The Falcons had a chance late to come back down 20-14. But due to a controversial call on a punt return by Adam Jennings, the Eagles were given the ball back and with a 39-yard run by Brian Westbrook, the Eagles put the game out of reach with less than 2 minutes to go. Matt Ryan led the...

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I Want to Believe

And now I do. This past Sunday’s game against the Bears was a great one. And now I’m firmly a believer in what Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff have been preaching these past nine months. Any one who is a patron of this site’s boards knows that I’ve been critical and skeptical of many of the moves and decisions that Dimitroff and Smith have made over that span of time. Unsure of if these are the guys that are...

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Falcons beat Bears in a wild finish
Oct12

Falcons beat Bears in a wild finish

The Falcons beat the Chicago Bears 22-20 on a last second Jason Elam field goal in a very wild finish. Elam, who had connected on four field goals earlier in the game, missed a 33-yard chip shot in the fourth quarter that could extended the Falcons 19-13 lead with less than 3 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Chicago went down the field and scored to take the lead with only 11 seconds left. But Matt Ryan threw a brilliant...

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Game #5 AT Green Bay Packers Game Review

The first half was about as good as anyone can play. The second half almost became a disaster. It seems that the defense had no answers over the middle in pass coverage. Grimes was targeted again and the run defense seemed to soften in the second half. Fortunately, Boley came up with a huge INT and Turner punched it in to give us much needed breathing room and a 27-24 win. Here’s what I saw: Offense: Running game: Turner...

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Game #4 AT Carolina Panthers Game Review

Second consecutive disappointing road performance. As much as Carolina abused Brent Grimes, we really shot ourselves in the foot. The game could have gone entirely different with a few things here or there but that wasn’t the case unfortunately. Here’s what I saw: Offense: Running game: Turner (18/56), Norwood (3/51), and Ryan (2/11). Effective Runs (4 yards or more or scores TD)-Turner, 6; Norwood, 3 and Ryan, 1. We...

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Falcons win at Lambeau
Oct05

Falcons win at Lambeau

The Falcons prevailed over the Green Bay Packers 27-24, snapping a five-game road losing streak. The Falcons now are 3-2 under head coach Mike Smith. The Falcons got off to an early 17-7 lead, and the Packers attempted a comeback, but the Falcons were able to hold them off. Matt Ryan led the way with 194 yards passing with 2 touchdowns and an interception. He completed 16 of 26 passes. Michael Turner rushed for 121 yards on the ground...

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