Player Page

Stephen Nicholas | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/1/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 236
College: South Florida
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

Falcons released OLB Stephen Nicholas.
Nicholas, 31 in May, started 17 games -- including the playoffs -- at strong-side linebacker in 2012 but had been relegated to backup and special teams duties this past season. He notched just 35 tackles and one sack in 14 games. The Falcons save $2 million against the 2014 salary cap with the release of Nicholas. Joplo Bartu played mostly well as Atlanta's strong-side 'backer in 2013. Wed, Feb 5, 2014 02:54:00 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

Falcons SLB Stephen Nicholas underwent sports hernia surgery this offseason.

Nicholas is coming off a 2012 campaign that saw him post a career-high 97 tackles while playing in all 16 games. Sports hernia surgeries typically come with a 6-8 week timetable. Nicholas is expected back for late-June minicamps.
Thu, May 23, 2013 12:48:00 PM

Falcons OLB Stephen Nicholas (ankle) played only on special teams in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

Mike Peterson replaced Nicholas in base sets and Akeem Dent was the nickel 'backer. Nicholas now gets the Week 7 bye to recover. Through the first five weeks, Nicholas was averaging 7.8 tackles per game.
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 09:45:00 AM

Falcons OLB Stephen Nicholas was limited in Friday's practice and is listed as questionable for Week 6.

With Nicholas' status up in the air, it's expected that Mike Peterson takes his spot at SLB in the base defense. It's not safe to assume that either Peterson or MLB Akeem Dent play in the nickel packages, however. Coach Mike Smith suggested earlier in the week that the Falcons may fill his role with a hybrid defensive end. "We’ve got guys that have played his position, a number of guys that have cross trained to play the same position and the dime," Smith said when asked about Nicholas' spot in the subpackages.
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 09:39:00 AM

Falcons OLB Stephen Nicholas suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Redskins, and will be re-evaluated mid-week.

The planned re-evaluation suggests Nicholas has a shot at suiting up against the Raiders. A full-time starter this season, Nicholas has 39 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception through five games.
Mon, Oct 8, 2012 02:50:00 PM

The Falcons used their base defense on just 11 plays in the Week 1 win over the Chiefs.

Starting MLB Akeem Dent failed to record a single tackle. The Falcons rolled with their sub-package of two linebackers and three corners the majority of the game, leaving Stephen Nicholas and Sean Weatherspoon to rack up the stats. Nicholas piled up 12 tackles, one interception and two pass breakups. There's plenty of IDP upside here.
Tue, Sep 11, 2012 12:39:00 PM

The Falcons consider SLB Stephen Nicholas (knee) "doubtful" to play in the Wild Card round against the Giants.

Nicholas' absence will be felt on run defense, as practice squad-type Spencer Adkins is a significant downgrade. Nicholas' injury may be a slight tear of a knee ligament or a severe sprain. He's made just one appearance since Week 12.
Mon, Jan 2, 2012 03:38:00 PM

Falcons LB Stephen Nicholas exited Thursday's game in the third quarter with a knee injury.

Nicholas had just returned to the lineup after missing last week's game with a shoulder injury. He's questionable to return, but there's no reason to risk it in a 41-0 laugher.
Thu, Dec 15, 2011 10:31:00 PM

Falcons declared LB Stephen Nicholas, CB Brent Grimes, QB John Parker Wilson, CB Kelvin Hayden, C Brett Romberg, OL Kirk Chambers, and DE Cliff Matthews inactive for Week 14 against the Panthers.

Veteran Mike Peterson will replace Nicholas, who injured his shoulder in last week's game. Dominique Franks will fill in for Grimes, which is positive news for the Panthers' aerial attack. Julio Jones (hamstring) and Michael Turner (groin) are active and playing without restrictions.
Sun, Dec 11, 2011 11:39:00 AM

Falcons SLB Stephen Nicholas left Sunday's win over the Vikings in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return.

The Falcons are plenty deep at linebacker after Nicholas beat out Mike Peterson for the job in the preseason. The severity of Nicholas' injury is unknown.
Mon, Nov 28, 2011 08:24:00 AM

Falcons SLB Stephen Nicholas was inactive in Week 3 after tweaking his calf in Friday's practice.

Veteran Mike Peterson took Nicholas' place in the starting lineup. Nicholas' status for Week 4 is unknown. He had seven tackles and a forced fumble in the first two games.
Tue, Sep 27, 2011 08:41:00 AM

Stephen Nicholas has beaten out veteran Mike Peterson for the strong-side linebacker job.

The Falcons are going with Curtis Lofton in the middle, Sean Weatherspoon on the weak side and Nicholas. At age 35, Peterson is best suited as a fourth linebacker anyway. By retaining Nicholas and adding Ray Edwards this offseason, the Falcons have developed a strong front seven.
Tue, Aug 23, 2011 12:17:00 PM

Falcons agreed to terms with OLB Stephen Nicholas on a five-year, $17.5 million deal.

So much for that talk Nicholas would end up with the Giants. One of the best coverage linebackers available heads back to Atlanta where he'll likely start on the strong side. The Bucs were reportedly the primary competition for Nicholas' services, as he played at South Florida in college.
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 09:54:00 AM

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, free agent OLB Stephen Nicholas will not be a Giant.

Star-Ledger reporter Mike Garafolo was "pumping the breaks" in Nicholas-to-New York rumors Monday, and says he's now "slammin' em." It sounds like the Nicholas camp just used the Giants in an attempt to drive up the player's market value. Justin Durant is generating more substantive interest at this point.
Tue, Jul 26, 2011 01:23:00 PM

Free agent LB Stephen Nicholas is expected to land with the Giants, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Nicholas will hit the market as one of the better cover linebackers available. He'd fit nicely on the strong side of the Giants' 4-3, where he'd likely beat out Clint Sintim for the starting gig. Nicholas has also been linked to the Broncos, Lions and Jaguars this offseason.
Mon, Jul 25, 2011 09:03:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh Freeman
2B.J. Coleman
3Kellen Moore
4Chandler Harnish
5Caleb Hanie
6David Carr
7Rex Grossman
8Vince Young
9Brady Quinn
10Kevin Kolb
11Curtis Painter
12John Skelton
13Mike Kafka
14Tim Tebow
15Josh Portis
16Jerrod Johnson
17Adam Weber
18Nate Enderle
19Trent Edwards
20Pat White
21John Parker Wilson
22Nick Stephens
23Tyler Wilson
24Jordan Rodgers
25Brendon Kay
26Logan Kilgore
27Ryan Katz
28Colby Cameron
29Kyle Padron
30James Vandenberg
31Mike Hermann
32Nathan Stanley
33Dalton Williams
34Matt Brown
35Caleb TerBush
36Tim Jenkins
37Dayne Crist
38Tajh Boyd
39Brett Smith
40James Franklin
41Chase Rettig
42Tommy Rees
43Brock Jensen
44Keith Price
45Kory Faulkner
46Alex Carder
47Collin Klein
48Rusty Smith
RB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Reggie Bush
4Chris Johnson
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
8Brandon Jackson
9D.J. Ware
10Jalen Parmele
11Peyton Hillis
12BenJarvus Green-Ellis
13Jamie Harper
14Chris Rainey
15Terrance Ganaway
16Alvester Alexander
17Evan Royster
18Jewel Hampton
19Zach Brown
20Lance Ball
21Michael Bush
22Ray Rice
23Mikel Leshoure
24Isaac Redman
25D.J. Harper
26Tim Cornett
27Stephen Houston
28Brandon Saine
29Alex Green
30Armond Smith
31Derrick Strozier
32David Fluellen
33Roy Finch
34Tim Flanders
35Jordan Lynch
36Jordan Roberts
37Orwin Smith
38Kapri Bibbs
39Javarris James
40Josh Vaughan
41Darren Evans
42Delone Carter
43Cierre Wood
44Stefphon Jefferson
45Deonte Williams
46Bradley Randle
47Quentin Hines
48De'Leon Eskridge
49Anthony Allen
50Damien Berry
51Richard Murphy
52William Powell
53Tauren Poole
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Reggie Bush
4Chris Johnson
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
3RB1Chris Johnson
2Steven Jackson
3Reggie Bush
4D.J. Ware
5Beanie Wells
6Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Tony Fiammetta
7Frank Summers
8Chris Pressley
9Brit Miller
10Ray Agnew
11Maurice Hagens
12James Baker
13Stephen Campbell
14J.C. Copeland
15Chad Young
16Kadeem Jones
17Collin Mooney
18Quinn Johnson
19Braden Wilson
20Zach Boren
21Lonnie Pryor
22Ben Bartholomew
23Ina Liaina
24Owen Schmitt
25Brian Leonard
26Harvey Unga
27Owen Marecic
28Shaun Chapas
29Dorson Boyce
30Eric Kettani
31Jon Hoese
32Ben Guidugli
33Nate Eachus
34Alex Debniak
35Ryan Roberson
36Jonathan Amosa
37Rupert Bryan
38Cameron White
39Devonte Campbell
40Michael Zordich
41Eddie Williams
42Jourdan Brooks
43Chad Abram
44Ryan D'Imperio
45Karl Williams
46Brock Bolen
WR11Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Lance Moore
4Santonio Holmes
5Jacoby Jones
6Laurent Robinson
7Brandon Gibson
8Titus Young
9Joe Morgan
10Darius Johnson
11Greg Childs
12Lamont Bryant
13Kevin Hardy
14Tim Benford
15LaRon Byrd
16Ryan Whalen
17Jamar Newsome
18Terrence Toliver
19Devery Henderson
20Richard Goodman
21Ben Obomanu
22Ted Ginn
23Erik Lora
24Keenan Davis
25Taulib Ikharo
26Robby Toma
27Carlin Isles
28Matt Willis
29Lavelle Hawkins
30Brett Swain
31Chaz Schilens
32Brian Robiskie
33Tiquan Underwood
34Charly Martin
35Johnathan Haggerty
36Naaman Roosevelt
37Emmanuel Arceneaux
38Marcus Jackson
39Derek Moye
40Kamar Jorden
41Nicholas Johnson
42Ifeanyi Momah
43Sederrick Cunningham
44Jordan White
45Chris Summers
46Zach Rogers
47Dan Buckner
48Roy Roundtree
49Chad Bumphis
50Terrell Sinkfield
51Jheranie Boyd
52Eric Rogers
53Rashaad Carter
54Erik Highsmith
55Tyrone Goard
56Mark Harrison
57Cole McKenzie
58Jamal Miles
59Rashad Evans
60Sam McGuffie
61T.J. Moe
62Jasper Collins
63Jeremy Ebert
64LaQuan Williams
65Diondre Borel
66Bert Reed
67Brandon Carswell
68Joseph Anderson
69Jon Baldwin
70Julius Pruitt
71Mardy Gilyard
72Chastin West
73Demetrius Fields
74Scott Pillar
75Chip Reeves
76Mike Davis
77Cody Hoffman
78Quintin Payton
79Wilson Van Hooser
80C.J. Goodwin
WR21Braylon Edwards
2Davone Bess
3Brian Hartline
4Anthony Armstrong
5Jerome Simpson
6Harry Douglas
7Kerry Meier
8David Nelson
9Greg Little
10A.J. Jenkins
11Eric Page
12Kealoha Pilares
13Raymond Radway
14Earl Bennett
15Donald Jones
16Brandon Banks
17Chris Givens
18Darius Hanks
19Jordan Shipley
20Mohamed Massaquoi
21Micheal Spurlock
22Steve Breaston
23Donte' Stallworth
24Aaron Mellette
25Robert Gill
26Martel Moore
27Nicholas Edwards
28Charles Hawkins
29Alex Gillett
30Dominique Croom
31Lacoltan Bester
32Eric Thomas
33Greg Hardin
34Michael Jenkins
35Devin Aromashodu
36David Ball
37David Reed
38Jarett Dillard
39Dezmon Briscoe
40David Douglas
41Dale Moss
42Brandon Collins
43Tray Session
44Lanear Sampson
45Alec Lemon
46Lamaar Thomas
47Isaiah Williams
48Duke Calhoun
49Tim Toone
50Jeff Fuller
51Joe Adams
52Marvin McNutt
53Tori Gurley
54Ronald Johnson
55Roberto Wallace
56Bobby Sewall
57Jerry Johnson
58Andrew DePaola
59James Shaw
60Devin Goda
61Kevin Elliott
62Jared Green
63Mike Willie
64Michael Calvin
65Taveon Rogers
66Darius Reynaud
67Terrence Austin
68Early Doucet
69Deon Butler
70Patrick Crayton
71Micah Hatfield
72Jaz Reynolds
73Austin Franklin
74Alex Neutz
75Geraldo Boldewijn
76Kelsey Pope
77Anthony McClung
78Jordan Harris
79Jason Thompson
80Omarius Hines
81Gerrard Sheppard
82Andy Cruse
83Anthony Amos
84R.J. Webb
85Andrew Helmick
86Weston Dressler
87Perez Ashford
88Rodrick Rumble
89Brandon Kaufman
WR31Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5Davone Bess
6Harry Douglas
7Brian Hartline
8Brandon Gibson
9A.J. Jenkins
TE1Anthony Fasano
2Leonard Pope
3Tony Scheffler
4David Thomas
5Randy McMichael
6Kevin Boss
7Aaron Hernandez
8Adam Nissley
9Danny Noble
10Jamie Childers
11Steve Watson
12D.J. Williams
13Tommy Gallarda
14Sean McGrath
15James Casey
16Daniel Graham
17Billy Bajema
18Andrew Szczerba
19Nelson Rosario
20Jacob Pedersen
21D.J. Tialavea
22Justin Jones
23Asa Watson
24Evan Wilson
25Ben Hartsock
26Visanthe Shiancoe
27Cameron Morrah
28Dan Gronkowski
29Zach Potter
30Colin Cloherty
31Martin Rucker
32Joel Dreessen
33Jake Byrne
34Hayden Smith
35Weslye Saunders
36Jeron Mastrud
37Steve Maneri
38Dominique Curry
39Tom Crabtree
40Brody Eldridge
41Nate Byham
42Dedrick Epps
43Matt Furstenburg
44Ben Cotton
45David Rolf
46Joe Sawyer
47Emmanuel Ogbuehi
48Jason Schepler
49Chase Clement
50A.C. Leonard
51Joe Don Duncan
52Evan Landi
53Taylor Cook
54Colin Anderson
55Travis Tannahill
56Jamie McCoy
57Nathan Overbay
58Martell Webb
59Andre Hardy
60Cameron Graham
61Michael Higgins
62Alex Silvestro
63Isaiah Stanback
64Evan Moore
65Travis Beckum
66Richard Quinn
67Jake O'Connell
68Morrell Presley
69Brian Wozniak
70David Wright
71Tim Biere
K1Maikon Bonani
2Nate Freese
3Billy Cundiff
4Rob Bironas
5Alex Henery
6Matt Szymanski
7Danny Hrapmann
8Brandon Bogotay
9Havard Rugland
10Austin Signor
11Morgan Lineberry
12Quinn Sharp
13Brett Baer
14Sergio Castillo
15Mitch Ewald
16Kevin Goessling
17Brett Maher
18Jose Maltos
19Adam Yates
20Zach Ramirez