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Falcons Weekly Round-Up 5/27

May 27th, 2011

Recapping some of the headlines and news involving the Falcons from the week of May 22…

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Jones returns to practice field

Falcons top wide receiver Julio Jones joined his teammates in player-organized workouts on Tuesday. Jones has been cleared by doctors to resume activities, although he is not quite running full speed. Jones had surgery to repair the broken foot following his impressive Combine performance in February. Initial reports had him at about an eight-week rehabilitation period before he could get back on the field. (Source: The Associated Press)

No Hard Knocks for Falcons

Falcons head coach Mike Smith nixed any plans for the Falcons to be on HBO’s show Hard Knocks this season. The Emmy-winning show has depicted NFL teams in past years during their training camps. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said a week ago in a radio interview that the Falcons were open to the idea of being on the show. Smith’s comments indicate that the Falcons could remain open to doing the show in 2012 or beyond. (Source: Scott Hanson, NFL Network)

Falcons cut office pay

The Falcons have begun to cut the pay of lower-level office employees as a measure to cut expenditures during the current lockout. Several other NFL teams have begun to furlough non-football staff. (Source: Jeff Schulz, AJC)

NOchocinco in Atlanta

A team source that says rumors of Cincinnati Bengal wide receiver Chad Ochocinco signing with the Falcons this year “ain’t happenin’.” D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reported last week that a move to get Ochocinco made sense due to his relationship with new Falcons quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski, who formerly was the Bengals offensive coordinator for ten seasons. Pasquarelli reports that the relationship of Bratkowski and Ochocinco isn’t as close as previously suggested. (Source: Len Pasquarelli, FOX Sports)

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