Player News - Falcons

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Mohamed Sanu (hip) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.

It's not a good sign for his Monday night availability though perhaps he'll return to practice on Saturday. If he can't get the green light, Justin Hardy would see more run in three-wide sets.
Oct 19 - 4:46 PM

Calvin Ridley (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Friday.

This would seem to put Ridley on track for Monday night's game against the Giants. With Mohamed Sanu (hip) still absent from practice, Ridley could be in for a bigger workload this week. The first-round rookie is tied for the NFL lead with six touchdown receptions.
Oct 19 - 4:44 PM

Mohamed Sanu (hip) was held out of Thursday's practice.

Sanu's Week 7 is off on the wrong foot. Calvin Ridley, who was also held out on Thursday, appears to have a better shot at suiting up against the Giants on Monday.
Oct 18 - 4:42 PM

Calvin Ridley (ankle) was held out of Thursday's practice.

As was Mohamed Sanu (hip). It's not a good start for Ridley ahead of Monday's game against the Giants, as coach Dan Quinn had expected him to suit up on Thursday. Ridley is dealing with a bone bruise. It's still quite possible he gets in limited sessions on Friday, Saturday or both and gets the go-ahead. If Ridley plays, he will be a boom/bust WR3.
Oct 18 - 4:39 PM

Mohamed Sanu (hip) is expected to practice Thursday.

Sanu was sidelined during the second half of the win over the Bucs because of a lingering hip issue. It does not appear to be a long-term concern, however, and he looks on track to face the Giants on Monday night. Despite missing those snaps, Sanu is averaging 67 yards a game with three touchdowns in his last four.
Source: ESPN
Oct 18 - 9:24 AM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn expects Calvin Ridley (ankle) to practice Thursday.

Ridley suffered what is believed to be a bone bruise in his ankle last week against the Bucs. "The good news is, we're anticipating him even getting a little bit of work today," Quinn said in an interview on 92.9 The Game. "As we go through the week, we'll have a better assessment. But as we're heading into it, he's one tough dude." Mohamed Sanu (hip) is also expected to practice Thursday.
Source: ESPN
Oct 18 - 9:18 AM

Falcons DT Grady Jarrett (ankle) will practice Thursday.

Jarrett has been out since Week 4, but a practice this early in the week is a great sign he will be ready to face the Giants on Monday night. His return is a massive boost for a struggling defense.
Source: ESPN
Oct 18 - 9:16 AM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman (groin, IR) is a candidate to return this season.

Freeman underwent groin surgery on Thursday. He is not eligible to return until Week 15, and it is unlikely the Falcons bring him back unless their playoff chances look quite a bit better than they do now. Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith will split work until Freeman returns.
Source: ESPN
Oct 18 - 9:13 AM

ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports Devonta Freeman (injured reserve) will undergo groin surgery on Thursday.

Freeman injured both his foot and groin in his Week 5 return against the Steelers. He mulled playing through the groin issue but opted to go under the knife. He will be a candidate for return from injured reserve but must sit a minimum of eight weeks. Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith could form a near-even committee in Freeman's absence.
Oct 16 - 5:15 PM

Falcons placed RB Devonta Freeman (foot, groin) on injured reserve.

Having just returned from a three-game absence with a knee injury in Week 5, Freeman promptly injured his foot. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports he's undergoing groin surgery, however. Per Rapsheet, Freeman will be a candidate for return. He must miss a minimum of eight games. That means even if he comes back, his fantasy season is functionally over. Tevin Coleman slides into the Falcons' 1A role with fourth-round rookie Ito Smith occupying the 1B. Both should see plenty of work. Coleman, who has struggled this year, will be an RB2. There might not be much separation between him and Smith. Freeman has now missed 6-of-22 games since signing a six-year, $43.088 million contract in August 2017. It's fair to wonder if the 5-foot-8 back is starting to break down at age 26.
Oct 16 - 2:02 PM

Falcons signed K Giorgio Tavecchio.

Tavecchio will replace Matt Bryant, who is dealing with a hamstring injury. Tavecchio spent time with Atlanta during training camp.
Oct 16 - 11:49 AM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn is "hopeful" Mohamed Sanu (hip) and Calvin Ridley (ankle) will be ready for Week 7.

The Falcons will be hosting the Giants for Monday Night Football, so they have an extra day to get healthy. Sanu's issue appears to be a minor aggravation of a previous ailment, while Ridley has a bone bruise. The Falcons will issue their first injury report on Thursday.
Oct 15 - 3:39 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn is optimistic DT Grady Jarrett (ankle) can return for Week 7.

"We're hopeful that we'll have Grady back this week," Quinn said. Jarrett has missed the past two games. His return would be a rare bit of good news for the Falcons' injury-destroyed defense. Jarrett is a difference-maker in the middle.
Oct 15 - 3:33 PM

The Falcons will be without K Matt Bryant (hamstring) for Week 7.

Bryant strained his hamstring against the Bucs. The 43-year-old kicker has dealt with a few minor ailments over the past year. Coach Dan Quinn hinted free agent Giorgio Tavecchio will take Bryant's place for Week 7.
Oct 15 - 3:27 PM

The Falcons expect Devonta Freeman (foot) to remain sidelined for Week 7.

The quick rule out suggests Freeman is not close to returning. It's officially a lost season for the 26-year-old back, who just signed a lucrative extension in August 2017. Tevin Coleman has been ineffective in Freeman's absence, but his workload keeps him in the RB2 mix. Perhaps Ito Smith will see more Week 7 run, though he also struggled against the Bucs.
Oct 15 - 3:26 PM


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