Redskins’ Reed progressing in return from 5th NFL concussion
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Jordan Reed was finally healthy and looked in training camp like his 2015 Pro Bowl self.
With foot problems behind him, the Washington Redskins tight end felt like a...
Former Raiders, Gators linebacker Neiron Ball dies at age 27
Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball, who played college football at Florida after recovering from brain surgery, has died at age 27.
Falcons expecting boost from return of 3 defensive stalwarts
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — For most of last season, all they could do was watch.
Watch as the Atlanta Falcons tried desperately to fill their spots.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Injuries already are mounting for an Atlanta Falcons' defense hoping to avoid a repeat of its 2018 health woes.
Coach Dan Quinn confirmed Tuesday that safety J.J....
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Defense looked to be a rising strength for the Atlanta Falcons in their 2016 Super Bowl season and especially in their return to the playoffs in 2017.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn says running back Devonta Freeman and safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen are still on the mend and that he believes each of the...
Fusco becomes Falcons’ sixth player on injured reserve
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have added more depth to their offensive line after placing right guard Brandon Fusco on injured reserve.
Fusco suffered a broken right ankle in Sunday's win over the New York Giants, and the team announced Tuesday he would miss the remainder of the season.
Falcons right guard Fusco has season-ending ankle injury
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons right guard Brandon Fusco will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a broken right ankle in Monday night's win over the New York Giants.
Coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday Fusco suffered the fracture late in the second quarter of the 23-20 win .
Grady Jarrett cleared to return after missing 2 games
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons coach Dan Quinn says defensive tackle Grady Jarrett has been cleared to play after an ankle injury sidelined him for two games.
Jarrett, the team's best interior lineman, will start Monday night when Atlanta (2-4) hosts the New York Giants (1-5). Reserve end Derrick Shelby, out since Week 2 with a groin injury, is also expected to return.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman goes on IR with groin injury
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is going on injured reserve, another major setback for a team that already has lost several key players.
Coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday that Freeman's groin injury was more serious than initially thought, forcing him to undergo a surgical procedure.
RB Freeman, DT Jarrett out with injuries for Falcons-Bucs
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The injury plagued Atlanta Falcons will be without defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and running back Devonta Freeman for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jarrett is sitting out his second straight game with a sprained ankle, while Freeman is sidelined yet again with a foot injury. The Falcons (1-4) have lost three in a row.
Falcons catching no breaks with injuries on defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Takk McKinley says nobody feels sorry for the Atlanta Falcons' injury-ravaged defense.
The second-year pass rusher makes a good point. Atlanta earned a playoff berth the past two years with a mostly healthy defense, but it's a different story this season.
The Falcons (1-3) are reeling now that Grady Jarrett, their best interior lineman, is the fourth defensive starter to miss Sunday's game at Pittsburgh (1-2-1).
Falcons sign former Jaguars DT Michael Bennett
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed defensive tackle Michael Bennett in a move which could reflect a new injury concern with starter Grady Jarrett.
Jarrett left the final drive of the Falcons' 37-36 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday with an ankle injury. Coach Dan Quinn said Monday that Jarrett is still being evaluated.
Falcons place Allen on season-ending IR with torn Achilles
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have placed free safety Ricardo Allen on season-ending injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon.
Allen was carted off the field in last Sunday's overtime loss to New Orleans, becoming the third defensive starter to go down for Atlanta. Strong safety Keanu Neal tore his ACL in the opener and is out for the year. Linebacker Deion Jones underwent foot surgery and is sidelined until at least Nov. 18.
Falcons dealing with another injury to their defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons lost yet another starter to a season-ending injury Monday.
Yet a team with Super Bowl aspirations is hoping that safety Ricardo Allen's torn Achilles tendon won't derail their season.
"We will not play the role of the victim with injuries, and we've got a locker room full of tough competitive guys, and I expect us to play well," coach Dan Quinn said Monday, a day after Allen injured his leg against the Saints.
Falcons’ Ricardo Allen out for season with torn Achilles
ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons starting safety Ricardo Allen will miss the remainder of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon, dealing another blow to Atlanta's already injury-ravaged defense.
The team made the announcement a day after the Falcons' 43-37 loss to the Saints in overtime. Allen was carted off the field in the middle of the fourth quarter.
The fourth-year veteran from Purdue is the leader of the Falcons' defense. He has played both safety spots and nickel cornerback.
Falcons G Levitre (triceps) out for season, 3rd player down
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have lost offensive guard Andy Levitre to a season-ending triceps injury, the third starter to go down in the first two weeks of the season.
Levitre left Sunday's victory over the Carolina Panthers with what was initially described as an elbow injury. After further examination, it was determined that he's done for the year because of a triceps problem.
Falcons RB Freeman (knee) out for Sunday’s game vs Carolina
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will be missing another key starter for Sunday's game against Carolina.
Two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman was ruled out after missing the entire week of practice with a knee injury, another blow to a team that was already reeling from injuries to defensive stalwarts Keanu Neal and Deion Jones.
Falcons jarred by season-opening loss, 2 major injuries
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons came into the season with such high expectations.
Then, a jarring dose of reality.
As if a carbon-copy loss in Week 1 wasn't bad enough, two significant injuries on defense have left this team reeling as it prepares for Sunday's home opener against division rival Carolina.
Falcons place Pro Bowl LB Deion Jones on IR with foot injury
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons placed linebacker Deion Jones on injured reserve on Tuesday, taking a second 2017 Pro Bowler from the defense in less than a week.
The move with Jones comes after coach Dan Quinn on Friday announced safety Keanu Neal suffered a torn ligament in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
Falcons safety Keanu Neal suffers season-ending knee injury
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will look at their current roster to replace Keanu Neal, the safety who will miss the remainder of the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee Thursday night in an 18-12 opening loss at Philadelphia .
Falcons acquire safety Jordan Richards from Patriots
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Falcons traded a conditional 2020 draft pick to the New England Patriots on Friday for safety Jordan Richards.
Richards started five of 16 games in 2017 and had 22 tackles with New England. He was a second-round draft pick by New England in 2015. He played in 41 games, with seven starts, in his three seasons with the Patriots.
Atlanta appears set with Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal as its starting safeties.
Falcons Training Camp Capsule
ATLANTA FALCONS (11-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Falcons practice facility, Flowery Branch, Georgia
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Falcons have signed a one-year deal with safety Ron Parker, who spent the last five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 30-year-old Parker had 318 tackles, nine interceptions and seven sacks in 80 games with the Chiefs. He started in all 16 games in 2017 and had 67 tackles with two interceptions.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Coach Dan Quinn says the Atlanta Falcons want to add a fullback and a safety among their four picks in the final four rounds of the NFL draft.
The team chose not re-sign fullback Derrick Coleman, the only player at his position on the roster, and it needs depth at safety behind starters Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen.
Quinn sees improvement in Falcons’ ability to hold a lead
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have a troublesome habit of maintaining a lead once they take it.
Coach Dan Quinn saw some improvement in Sunday's 34-20 win over Tampa Bay, but the issue has lingered since the Falcons blew a 25-point lead to lose the Super Bowl nearly 10 months ago.
Hub Arkush: New England Patriots-Atlanta Falcons, Super Bowl XLI: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue
Super Bowl LI in Houston offers us one of the most compelling matchups in years, as the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons, and like most great unions, it will start with something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
What’s new is the Atlanta Falcons, in just two seasons becoming clearly the best team in the NFC.
Falcons WR Julio Jones misses practice with toe injury
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones was held out of practice on Wednesday after aggravating his sprained toe in Saturday's playoff win over Seattle.
Jones is expected to play in Sunday's NFC championship game against Green Bay. He did not appear to favor the injury as he walked through the locker room before the practice.
Jones still not 100 percent for Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Receiver Julio Jones doubts he'll be at full capacity when the playoff-bound Atlanta Falcons end the regular season against New Orleans.
After missing the previous two games with a sore toe, Jones played just 39 of 63 snaps, catching four passes for 60 yards, in last week's win at Carolina.
But Jones, the NFL leader with an average of 101 yards receiving, expects to have enough stamina to be a factor.
Falcons clinch NFC South title with 33-16 win over Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are back on top of the NFC South, capturing their first division title since 2012.
Matt Ryan threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns, Tevin Coleman had 135 yards from scrimmage, including a pivotal 55-yard fourth-quarter TD run as the Falcons beat the Panthers 33-16 on Saturday.
Titans’ Lewan, Falcons’ Neal hit with big NFL fines
NEW YORK (AP) — Tennessee left tackle Taylor Lewan and Atlanta rookie safety Keanu Neal drew hefty fines from the NFL on Friday for their actions last weekend.
Lewan was docked $30,387 for making contact with an official, a fine he says he will appeal. Neal was fined $24,309 for his helmet-to-helmet hot on Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
Washington defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins' roughing-the-passer penalty on Minnesota's Sam Bradford cost him $18,231.
Falcons go young with 4 rookie starters on defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have made a commitment to rookie starters on defense that is especially rare for a first-place team.
Four rookies are expected to start on defense when Atlanta plays at Philadelphia on Sunday. Safety Keanu Neal, linebackers Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell and nickel back Brian Poole were on the field for the first snap in last week's win at Tampa Bay.
Defensive coordinator Richard Smith said he has never seen so many rookie starters.
Falcons WR Jones expected to be full strength for opener
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Coach Dan Quinn expects All-Pro receiver Julio Jones to be full strength when the Atlanta Falcons install their game plan for Sunday's opener against Tampa Bay.
Jones sprained his ankle in the third preseason game at Miami, but Quinn believes he will fully participate on Wednesday.
The Falcons are mostly healthy even though free safety Keanu Neal is sidelined at least another two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
Atlanta Falcons Preview Capsule
ATLANTA FALCONS (8-8)
New faces: C Alex Mack, WR Mohamed Sanu, DE Dwight Freeney, QB Matt Schaub, TE Austin Hooper, S Keanu Neal, LB Courtney Upshaw, DE Derrick Shelby, LB De'Vondre Campbell, LB Deion Jones.
Key losses: LB Justin Durant, WR Roddy White, WR Devin Hester, S William Moore, NT Paul Soliai, WR Leonard Hankerson.
Falcons sign former Redskins S Dashon Goldson
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons signed veteran free-agent safety Dashon Goldson on Sunday.
The Falcons will be without rookie starting strong safety Keanu Neal, the first-round pick, for at least the first two regular-season games with a right knee injury. He will have arthroscopic surgery on Monday.
Coach Dan Quinn has said that backup Kemal Ishmael would fill in for Neal as the starting strong safety.
Falcons rookie safety Neal to have minor knee surgery
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons rookie strong safety Keanu Neal, the team's first-round pick and a projected starter, will miss the beginning of the season with a knee injury.
Neal will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday and is expected to miss three to four weeks, according to the Falcons. Coach Dan Quinn said he is encouraged Neal avoided a more serious injury that could have kept him out longer.
Falcons rookie safety Neal to have ‘minor’ knee surgery
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons rookie safety Keanu Neal will miss the start of the season with a knee injury.
The team says Neal will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday and will miss three to four weeks. Neal, the team's first-round pick from Florida and a projected starter, hurt his knee in the first quarter of the Falcons' 17-6 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. He had to be helped off the field.
Falcons’ Neal returns to practice, injury sidelines Ishmael
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons rookie starting safety Keanu Neal, the NFL's 17th overall draft pick, was back at practice Sunday after missing last week's exhibition game with a torso injury.
Neal's return helps the starting secondary. A shoulder injury will sideline No. 2 safety Kemal Ishmael when Atlanta (1-0 preseason) visits Cleveland (0-1) on Thursday.