Player News - Falcons

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Mohamed Sanu (groin) "could" practice on Thursday.

Sanu went down late in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Coach Dan Quinn didn't update his status at Monday's presser. With Julio Jones battling turf toe, Sanu's health is all the more important.
Dec 5 - 2:59 PM

Falcons LT Jake Matthews has been diagnosed with a sprained left knee, but the team is "hopeful" he can practice on Thursday.

Matthews didn't return after going down in the first half on Sunday. Thursday will be a test to see how far along he is, with how he feels on Friday likely determining his Week 14 status. Injuries are really starting to take a toll on the Falcons, who will be in both divisional and wild card dogfights down the stretch. Tom Compton is the next man up.
Dec 5 - 2:45 PM

Julio Jones is dealing with a case of turf toe, but is expected to be fine.

Speaking Monday, coach Dan Quinn stressed the issue wasn't believed to be serious, but allowed it will be "monitored." Turf toe can be extremely tricky. Jones barely played down the stretch of Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, and was in clear discomfort on the sideline. It's definitely not a settled issue. Jones' practice reps figure to be extremely limited this week, though as of now, we can take Quinn at his word that Jones will probably suit up for Week 14.
Dec 5 - 2:40 PM

Julio Jones said he's "OK" after suffering a lower-body injury in the Week 13 loss to the Chiefs.

Jones dominated early in the first quarter against the Chiefs, but he faded fast on Sunday and was in and out of the game in the fourth quarter with what appeared to be a foot or ankle issue. "It's football," Jones said. "You're going to get banged up. You're going to get little nagging injuries here and there from the game. I'm OK. I'll be good to go." Jones should be fine for Week 14.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 4 - 7:47 PM

Austin Hooper was held without a catch in the Falcons' Week 13 loss to the Chiefs.

He was targeted only once. Hooper was a smaller part of the game plan than Levine Toilolo. Hooper's rookie moment seems to have come and gone.
Dec 4 - 6:18 PM

Tevin Coleman rushed 12 times for 49 yards in the Falcons' Week 13 loss to the Chiefs.

Coleman was held without a catch on two targets. The 12 carries matched a season high, but Coleman remained a clear No. 2 behind Devonta Freeman. Although he usually sees just 10-12 weekly touches, Coleman is a legit RB3/FLEX because he can create huge days on only a handful of looks.
Dec 4 - 6:09 PM

Taylor Gabriel caught 5-of-6 targets for 44 yards in the Falcons' Week 13 loss to the Chiefs.

The targets were Gabriel's most of the season, though he's now drawn at least five in four straight games. Gabriel was tackled at the Chiefs' one in the fourth quarter, coming inches within his sixth touchdown of the season. Gabriel is a huge-play threat, but it's not translating to WR3 value in fantasy leagues.
Dec 4 - 6:07 PM

Mohamed Sanu caught 2-of-3 targets for 26 yards in the Falcons' Week 13 loss to the Chiefs, departing late with a groin injury.

Sanu went down in the fourth quarter, and wasn't heard from again. Sanu has already battled ankle, shoulder and elbow injuries this season. We might not get a good idea of his Week 14 status until the Falcons return to practice on Wednesday.
Dec 4 - 5:05 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 15 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' Week 13 loss to the Chiefs, adding four receptions for 49 additional yards.

Freeman now has four touchdowns in two games since Tevin Coleman returned. For whatever reason, perhaps freshness, he's been more productive with his sophomore teammate in the lineup. Freeman should have another strong day against the free-falling Rams in Week 14.
Dec 4 - 4:46 PM

Julio Jones caught 7-of-9 targets for 113 yards in the Falcons' Week 13 loss to the Chiefs.

Jones was dominating early, catching four passes for 52 yards on the Falcons' opening drive. That would end up the highlight. He started seeing the occasional shadow from Marcus Peters, and was in and out of the game late with a foot or ankle issue. Jones' snaps were very limited down the stretch. He also had a would-be 40-yard reception wiped out by intentional pass interference from the Chiefs. Nevertheless, the 100-yard game was his seventh of the season. Provided his health cooperates, Jones will be his usual top-three self against the Rams in Week 14.
Dec 4 - 4:07 PM

Matt Ryan completed 22-of-34 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Falcons' 29-28, Week 13 loss to the Chiefs.

Ryan was two doomed by two bad throws. Eric Berry jumped the route on Ryan's interception, housing it for a pick six. Berry then jumped the route on a late two-point conversion, returning it for two points and the difference in a back-and-forth game. Both throws should have never been delivered. Ryan was also hampered by a gimpy Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, both of whom were banged up late. Ryan lost LT Jake Matthews to a knee injury earlier in the game. Despite the tough day, Ryan should bounce back for a big game against the pathetic Rams in Week 14.
Dec 4 - 4:02 PM

Falcons LT Jake Matthews was forced from Atlanta's Week 13 game against the Chiefs with a knee injury, and will not return.

Matthews was announced as "questionable" in the first half, but ruled out after the break. Tom Compton is filling in, and getting dominated. The Falcons cannot afford a long-term absence.
Dec 4 - 3:06 PM

Falcons declared RE Adrian Clayborn, RB Terron Ward, S Sharrod Neasman, CB Ayodeji Olatoye CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, C Trevior Robinson and OL Wes Schweitzer inactive for Week 13 against the Chiefs.

Clayborn will be up against it to return during the regular season.
Dec 4 - 11:38 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure told Next Level Fantasy's Mike Clay Tevin Coleman (hamstring) "has his step back."

McClure also thinks Coleman is in for a big game this week against the Chiefs. Coleman was quiet last week against the Cardinals, his first game action since Week 7, but he should pick it up as he gets back into game shape. Kansas City does not present a great matchup, but Coleman has the explosiveness to put up big numbers against anyone. He is a borderline RB2 with upside this week.
Dec 1 - 10:18 AM

Falcons signed CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

The Falcons have also signed C Trevor Robinson. One of the league's worst regularly-used defensive backs the past three seasons, Wreh-Wilson will provide depth behind Robert Alford, Brian Poole and Jalen Collins for a team that just lost No. 1 CB Desmond Trufant.
Nov 29 - 4:20 PM


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