Archive: Falcons

Falcons Cut J. Harrington, M. Pollard

The Atlanta Falcons have announced their cuts and among the players released are quarterback Joey Harrington and tight end Marcus Pollard. The Falcons previously had decided to go with rookie Matt Ryan as their starter at quarterback, and kept Chris Chandler and D.J. Shockley over Harrington. Pollard failed to...

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 05:54 PM ET | Comments (2)

Ryan Gets Falcons' Starting Job

The Atlanta Falcons have chosen prized rookie Matt Ryan to be their starting quarterback entering the regular season. He was the third overall selection in the NFL draft in April and now has won a competition with Chris Redman, Joey Harrington and D.J. Shockley. Ryan made his first start...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 07:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Sign M. Pollard

The Atlanta Falcons have announced that they've signed veteran tight end Marcus Pollard. He'd been released by the New England Patriots last week. Pollard had 28 catches last season for the Seattle Seahawks. He has 349 career catches in 13 NFL seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions and...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fearless QB Competition Predictions

Some predictions about some still-unresolved quarterback competitions around the league: Atlanta: The Falcons decide to give the job to prized rookie Matt Ryan. Why waste your time with Chris Redman, Joey Harrington or D.J. Shockley getting playing time that could aid Ryan's development? Baltimore: Troy Smith gets the early-season...

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (4)

Falcons Releasing J. Horn, Dallas or Philly Next?

The Atlanta Falcons informed veteran wide receiver Joe Horn today that he was being released. The move ends a standoff between the team and Horn, who had said since the spring that he wanted to be traded or released. It is thought that Horn could end up in Dallas...

 

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 04:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Ryan Named to Start Falcons' Third Preseason Game

Prized rookie Matt Ryan gets his chance this week to prove he should be the Atlanta Falcons' starting quarterback from the outset of the regular season. He is to start Friday's preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. There's little question that Ryan, chosen third overall in the NFL draft...

 

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Quarterback Updates

Some quarterback updates for teams on which the starter is less than certain... Baltimore... The guess here is that the Ravens will keep rookie Joe Flacco on the bench for a little while and choose Troy Smith over Kyle Boller as the temporary starter until Flacco is ready to...

 

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 08:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Speculation About Vick and Proposed New League

The speculation about where Michael Vick might play football when his 23-month federal prison sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation ends now includes a new entry: the upstart United Football League. The proposed league's commissioner, former agent and Jacksonville Jaguars executive Michael Huyghue, told Sports Illustrated he...

 

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (2)

G. Jackson Returns to Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons announced that they've agreed to contract terms with veteran defensive tackle Grady Jackson. Jackson is one of the league's heftiest and most effective run-stoppers. He was with the Falcons last season before being released by former coach Bobby Petrino, but agreed to patch up his differences...

 

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Announce Agreement With S. Baker

The Falcons have announced that their first-round draft pick, offensive tackle Sam Baker, has agreed to contract terms. He was chosen 21st overall in April....

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 09:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Sign Third-Rounder

The Atlanta Falcons have announced that they've signed wide receiver Harry Douglas, a third-round draft choice in April from Louisville. Douglas, the 84th overall selection in the draft, signed a four-year contract. The Falcons also announced the signing of veteran safety Deke Cooper, a free agent who was with...

 

By Mark Maske | June 20, 2008; 06:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Release J. Williams

The Atlanta Falcons released safety Jimmy Williams. Williams was a former second-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech who'd quickly fallen into disfavor with new coach Mike Smith. He reportedly showed up overweight for a voluntary minicamp and was demoted to the third-team defense....

 

By Mark Maske | June 17, 2008; 07:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Sign Third-Rounders

The Atlanta Falcons announced that they'd signed a pair of third-round draft picks, LSU cornerback Chevis Jackson and Cal safety Thomas DeCoud. Jackson was taken 68th overall and DeCoud 98th. The Falcons, like a few other teams, have gotten an early start on signing draft choices. They signed quarterback...

 

By Mark Maske | June 11, 2008; 08:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Prosecutor Says Vick's State Trial Will Come After Release From Federal Prison

Michael Vick's trial on state dogfighting charges reportedly will not begin until after he's released from federal prison. Prosecutor Gerald Poindexter told the Associated Press that it would be too expensive for Surry County to pay for Vick and his co-defendants to travel to Virginia for their trials. Vick...

 

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Sign M. Ryan

ATLANTA--The Atlanta Falcons have announced that they've signed Matt Ryan, the quarterback from Boston College taken with the third overall selection in the NFL draft, to a six-year contract. A source said the deal is worth $72 million, including $34.75 million in guaranteed money....

 

By Mark Maske | May 20, 2008; 05:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

Thoughts on Ryan and Vick

It is being widely speculated that the Atlanta Falcons' decision to select quarterback Matt Ryan of Boston College with the third overall pick in the NFL draft Saturday means that the organization has, in effect, severed its ties with suspended and imprisoned quarterback Michael Vick. True? Well, maybe. Or...

 

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2008; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blank's Account of Vick Playing Football in Prison Is Disputed

There is some confusion about whether suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is playing football while serving a 23-month federal prison sentence in Leavenworth, Kan., for his role in a dogfighting operation in Virginia. Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the New York Daily News, in a story published Sunday,...

 

By Mark Maske | April 8, 2008; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kicker J. Elam Leaves Broncos for Falcons

Kicker Jason Elam left the Denver Broncos by agreeing to a four-year, approximately $9 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent. The Broncos tried to re-sign Elam, their kicker for 15 seasons. Instead, Elam decided to return to his home town....

 

By Mark Maske | March 21, 2008; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons-Raiders Trade Announced

The DeAngelo Hall trade is official. The Atlanta Falcons announced that they've traded the cornerback to the Oakland Raiders for a second-round draft pick this year and a fifth-rounder next year. Hall agreed to a seven-year, approximately $70 million contract with the Raiders earlier....

 

By Mark Maske | March 20, 2008; 10:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Hall Agrees to $70 Million Contract With Raiders, Trade to Follow

The trade of cornerback DeAngelo Hall from the Atlanta Falcons to the Oakland Raiders apparently is all but complete. According to an NFL source, Hall has agreed to a seven-year, $70 million contract with the Raiders that includes about $24 million in guaranteed money. That will enable the two...

 

By Mark Maske | March 20, 2008; 07:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Hall Reportedly Headed to Raiders as New Contract Gets Worked Out to Facilitate Trade

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today that he plans to fly to Oakland on Wednesday and sign a contract with the Raiders by Thursday morning. That would complete a proposed trade of Hall from the Atlanta Falcons to the Raiders. "There is just some tweaking of the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 18, 2008; 03:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Hall Still Negotiating With Raiders

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall continues to negotiate a contract with the Oakland Raiders as a precursor to a proposed trade with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have been shopping Hall since the NFL scouting combine and apparently have agreed to a prospective trade with the Raiders, reportedly for second- and...

 

By Mark Maske | March 18, 2008; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Hall to Oakland?

Oakland could be the landing spot for Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall. An NFL source confirmed reports that the Raiders and Falcons are discussing a prospective trade that would send Hall from Atlanta to Oakland. The Falcons have been shopping Hall since the NFL scouting combine and apparently have...

 

By Mark Maske | March 15, 2008; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's State Trial Postponed

Michael Vick's trial on state dogfighting charges reportedly has been postponed indefinitely. The trial, originally scheduled to begin April 2, is to be rescheduled March 25, the Associated Press reported. Vick already is serving a 23-month federal prison sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation. The Atlanta Falcons...

 

By Mark Maske | March 14, 2008; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Harrington Back With Falcons

Quarterback Joey Harrington has returned to the Atlanta Falcons. He agreed to a two-year contract with the team Tuesday after being released last week. The new deal gives the Falcons additional salary cap room and throws Harrington back into a quarterback mix that also includes Chris Redman and D.J....

 

By Mark Maske | March 12, 2008; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Release J. Harrington

The Atlanta Falcons have released quarterback Joey Harrington, perhaps reinforcing the notion that they will use the third overall selection in the NFL draft in April on Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan. Harrington inherited the Falcons' starting job this past season from the suspended Michael Vick but couldn't keep...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2008; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

W. Dunn Released By Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have released veteran tailback Warrick Dunn. The move comes a day after the team signed Michael Turner, an unrestricted free agent from the San Diego Chargers who is expected to take over as the Falcons' starting tailback. Dunn spent six seasons in Atlanta and is the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2008; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Add M. Turner

The Atlanta Falcons just announced that they've agreed to a contract with tailback Michael Turner, an unrestricted free agent. Turner served as LaDainian Tomlinson's backup in San Diego but is believed by many league talent evaluators to be capable of being a top-tier runner as a starter. He'll get...

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2008; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Redman Stays in Atlanta

The Atlanta Falcons are keeping quarterback Chris Redman. The free agent agreed to a two-year deal to remain with the Falcons. Redman was a part-time starter this past season, taking over after the failures of Joey Harrington and Byron Leftwich. He could be in the running to be the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 29, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Usually Luckless Falcons Win Coin Flip for Draft's Third Pick

INDIANAPOLIS--It was a season full of bad fortune for the Atlanta Falcons, from quarterback Michael Vick's legal troubles to the abrupt departure of rookie head coach Bobby Petrino after only 13 games. But their luck changed a little bit here this morning, as they won a coin flip with...

 

By Mark Maske | February 22, 2008; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich, Crumpler Among Seven Cut By Falcons

Quarterback Byron Leftwich and tight end Alge Crumpler were among seven players released by the Atlanta Falcons today, the team announced. The Falcons began remaking their roster under their new general manager, Tom Dimitroff, and just-hired coach, Mike Smith. "This is a difficult day for the entire organization," Dimitroff...

 

By Mark Maske | February 15, 2008; 01:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

League Appeals Latest Ruling in Vick Bonus Case

The NFL appealed the latest ruling in the Michael Vick bonus money case by U.S. District Judge David Doty. Doty ruled that the Atlanta Falcons were not entitled to force Vick to return $16.22 million in bonus money in the quarterback's 10-year, $130 million contract with the team. That...

 

By Mark Maske | February 14, 2008; 08:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Class of Head Coaches Lacks Star Power

The four head coaches hired by NFL teams this offseason were Tony Sparano, John Harbaugh, Mike Smith and Jim Zorn. That perhaps qualifies this year's class of new head coaches as the least celebrated in recent memory. When the just-completed season began, all were NFL assistant coaches but none...

 

By Mark Maske | February 11, 2008; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Judge's Ruling Does Allow Falcons to Try to Get Back $3.75 Million From Vick

The ruling Monday by U.S. District Judge David S. Doty in the Michael Vick contract case does allow the Atlanta Falcons to try to force Vick to return $3.75 million in bonus money. The Falcons had been seeking to force Vick, their quarterback who's serving a 23-month federal prison...

 

By Mark Maske | February 5, 2008; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Express Disappointment With Ruling in Vick Case

PHOENIX--The Atlanta Falcons issued a statement expressing disappointment with U.S. District Judge David S. Doty's decision today in the Michael Vick case. "While we are disappointed by Judge Doty's decision, this ruling does not affect our salary cap management for the 2008 season," team president Rich McKay said in...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2008; 05:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Not Entitled to Vick's Bonus Money, Federal Judge Rules

PHOENIX--A federal judge ruled today that the Atlanta Falcons are not entitled to recoup nearly $20 million in bonus money from suspended quarterback Michael Vick. U.S. District Judge David S. Doty overturned an earlier ruling that the Falcons were entitled to pursue the money through arbitration. The Falcons had...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2008; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ruling Coming in Vick Case

PHOENIX--Richard Berthelsen, the union's general counsel, said a ruling by U.S. District Judge David S. Doty in a case involving suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is expected soon. Doty heard the union's appeal of an arbitrator's ruling that could clear the way for the Falcons to retrieve nearly...

 

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2008; 08:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons Announce M. Smith Hiring

The Atlanta Falcons completed a contract with Mike Smith, formerly the defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and announced his hiring as their head coach tonight. "Mike possesses all of the key qualities we were looking for in a head coach," Falcons General Manager Tom Dimitroff said in a...

 

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2008; 10:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Pick M. Smith as Coach

The Atlanta Falcons have picked Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith to be their head coach, an NFL source said. The two sides are negotiating a contract and, barring any last-minute snags, the hiring will be announced later today, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity...

 

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2008; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (3)

Falcons to Hire Coach Sooner Rather Than Later?

There was talk around the league Tuesday night and this morning that the Atlanta Falcons won't wait until after the Super Bowl, after all, to hire their head coach. Instead, they might do it within the next day or two. If so, that probably would leave them choosing between...

 

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2008; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Interviewing Frazier Today, Waiting to See if Spagnuolo Becomes Available

The Atlanta Falcons are interviewing Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for their head coaching vacancy today. The Falcons tried but failed this week to hire Jason Garrett as their coach. But Garrett rebuffed both the Falcons and Baltimore Ravens to remain the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 19, 2008; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Garrett Staying in Dallas

Jason Garrett has withdrawn from consideration for the head coaching jobs of the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons, an NFL source said this morning. He plans to remain the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the decision has...

 

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2008; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (90)

Does Caldwell's Disappearance from Other Coaching Searches Signal Dungy's Intention?

As Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy prepares to announce a decision about whether he will retire, it is intriguing that Colts quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell has dropped off the radar for other head coaching vacancies around the league. Caldwell once was viewed as a top candidate in Atlanta and...

 

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Garrett's Decision Coming Today?

It could be decision day for Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. He received head coaching offers from the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons this week, according to sources familiar with the discussions, and the Cowboys are trying to retain him as their offensive coordinator. Garrett returned to the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Garrett Finishes Second Interview With Falcons Without Taking Job

Jason Garrett completed his second head coaching interview in Atlanta today without accepting a job offer from the Falcons. The Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator had been in Baltimore before going to Atlanta. The Ravens tried but failed Tuesday to complete a contract with Garrett to be their head coach....

 

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2008; 06:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons' Turn to Try to Hire Garrett

It was on to Atlanta for Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett after the Baltimore Ravens tried but failed Tuesday to hire him as their head coach. Now the Falcons apparently will attempt to complete a deal with Garrett today to fill their head coaching vacancy. Garrett, according to...

 

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2008; 08:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Trying to Keep Garrett

The Dallas Cowboys are trying to keep Jason Garrett as their offensive coordinator. Garrett is in Baltimore and might accept an offer today to become the Ravens' head coach. But, according to a source familiar with the deliberations, the Cowboys have told Garrett that they will match the financial...

 

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (11)

Ravens Might Try to Finish Deal With J. Garrett Today

Jason Garrett is in Baltimore today for a second interview for the Ravens' vacant head coaching job and an NFL source said this morning it's possible that the team could hire Garrett by day's end. Garrett, the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, has emerged as the front-runner to...

 

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (700)

Coaching Searches Can Accelerate Now That Sparano, Garrett and Caldwell Are Available

A few head coaching searches around the league should be able to move forward and perhaps be resolved now that the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts have been eliminated from the playoffs, making three coveted assistants--offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Tony Sparano of the Cowboys and...

 

By Mark Maske | January 14, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Choose Patriots Executive as General Manager

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The Atlanta Falcons have chosen New England Patriots executive Tom Dimitroff as their general manager. Dimitroff is the Patriots' director of college scouting. He replaces Rich McKay, who was retained by Falcons owner Arthur Blank as the team's president but was told he would not keep his GM...

 

By Mark Maske | January 12, 2008; 07:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Interview Jaguars Defensive Coordinator

The Atlanta Falcons interviewed Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith today for their vacant head coaching job. The Jaguars play at New England in an AFC semifinal Saturday night. But the Falcons were able to interview Smith today because the Jaguars gave their permission. Under league rules, the Jaguars...

 

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2008; 05:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Become Latest NFL Team to Try to Lure Carroll From USC

The Atlanta Falcons are the latest NFL team reported to be interested in USC Coach Pete Carroll, but many people around the league would be shocked to see Carroll end up in Atlanta. Carroll talks to NFL teams almost annually. Last year, he spoke to owner Wayne Huizenga about...

 

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2008; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cowher Associates Still Don't Expect Him to Coach Next Season

People close to Bill Cowher continue to say that the former Pittsburgh Steelers coach doesn't plan to coach in the NFL next season. The Washington Redskins undoubtedly will try to lure Cowher back to the sideline with a record-setting contract offer. But Cowher already has told the Atlanta Falcons...

 

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2008; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (5)

R. McKay Staying with Falcons as Team President

Rich McKay signed a two-year contract extension to remain with the Atlanta Falcons as their team president. McKay was informed earlier by Falcons owner Arthur Blank that he would not be retained as general manager. The Falcons already have interviewed several GM candidates after being rebuffed by Bill Parcells...

 

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2008; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons to Interview Garrett, Sparano Today

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to interview two Cowboys assistants, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Tony Sparano, for their head coaching vacancy today in the Dallas area. Teams in the head coaching market are using the opportunity they have under NFL rules to interview candidates on...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Young Offensive Coordinator McDaniels Declining Head Coaching Interviews, Will Stay With Patriots

Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots' 31-year-old offensive coordinator, has pulled himself out of consideration for head coaching vacancies with other teams. McDaniels was drawing interest after overseeing the Patriots' record-setting offense. The Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons reportedly were interested in interviewing him. But McDaniels declined the interviews....

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Reportedly Receive Permission from Cowboys to Interview J. Garrett, T. Sparano for Head Coaching Job

The Atlanta Falcons reportedly have received permission from the Dallas Cowboys to interview two Cowboys assistants, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Tony Sparano, for their vacant head coaching job. The Dallas Morning News reported that Sparano is scheduled to interview for the job Friday but Garrett...

 

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2008; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (4)

Schottenheimer Could Be Falcons' Next Target

The Atlanta Falcons have been rebuffed by Bill Cowher as a coaching candidate (reportedly) and Bill Parcells as a prospective front office chief. Marty Schottenheimer may be next on their list. There are rumblings that Falcons owner Arthur Blank is after Schottenheimer as a potential coach. Schottenheimer has sat...

 

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2007; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons, McKay Left in Awkward Spot

Part of the fallout of their Bill Parcells debacle Wednesday for the Atlanta Falcons was that owner Arthur Blank was forced to, in effect, announce the firing of Rich McKay as general manager. Parcells already had been quoted publicly saying that he would bring in a new general manager...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Blank Says, "We Gave It Our Best Shot, and It Didn't Work Out"

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has issued a written statement about having his job offer to Bill Parcells rejected. It says: "Late last night it was revealed to the media by a source outside the Falcons that we were close to reaching an agreement with Bill Parcells to lead...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 03:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells-Falcons Deal Unravels

The near deal between Bill Parcells and the Atlanta Falcons has collapsed. Falcons owner Arthur Blank traveled to Saratoga, N.Y., today to meet with Parcells at Parcells's home and try to complete a deal for the legendary coach to become the head of the team's football operations department. But...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who Will Join Parcells in Atlanta?

Now that it appears Bill Parcells is about to return to the league as the head of football operations for the Atlanta Falcons, the question is: Who will join him in Atlanta? Parcells is scheduled to speak today with Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the two might complete their...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Poised to Join Falcons' Front Office

Bill Parcells is poised to return to the NFL in the Atlanta Falcons' front office. Parcells and the Falcons are close to completing a deal that would put Parcells in charge of the team's football operations, a source familiar with the negotiations said this morning. Parcells would have no...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Five Falcons Players Fined for Vick-Related Uniform Violations

The NFL fined five Atlanta Falcons players a total of $47,500 for uniform violations during the team's Monday night loss to the New Orleans Saints last week. Wide receiver Roddy White, tight end Alge Crumpler and cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Chris Houston were fined $10,000 apiece, and wideout Joe...

 

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2007; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons Pick E. Thomas as Interim Coach

The Atlanta Falcons, in a bit of a surprise move, have picked Emmitt Thomas as their interim head coach, according to an NFL source. The veteran NFL assistant was the team's defensive backs coach. It had been thought that the Falcons would go with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson or...

 

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Said to be Annoyed About Petrino's Sudden Departure

Atlanta Falcons officials are said to be incensed about Bobby Petrino's abrupt resignation as the team's coach Tuesday. Petrino, according to a source familiar with the situation, had assured Falcons owner Arthur Blank that he would remain with the club, then informed team president Rich McKay early Tuesday evening...

 

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Confirm Petrino's Resignation

The Atlanta Falcons have confirmed the resignation of Bobby Petrino as their coach and have scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference for Wednesday. It's not immediately clear who will succeed Petrino for the Falcons' final three games of the season. The top candidates appear to be offensive coordinator Hue...

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 07:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Petrino Leaving Falcons for Arkansas

The Atlanta Falcons' miserable season just became worse. Bobby Petrino, the team's first-year coach, resigned today and plans to return to the college ranks and accept the head coaching job at the University of Arkansas, an NFL source said. Petrino left the University of Louisville and signed a five-year,...

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 06:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blank Says It Remains Unclear if Vick Will Ever Play for Falcons Again

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said today, in the aftermath of Michael Vick's sentencing, that it remains unclear if the quarterback ever will play for the team again. "I would never use the word never," Blank said in a taped interview shown on the team's Website. "I would say...

 

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2007; 04:36 PM ET | Comments (14)

Good Behavior Potentially Could Reduce Vick's Prison Stay By About Three Months

Federal rules governing good behavior could reduce the 23-month prison term given today to suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick by about three months. That could result in Vick being released in the summer of 2009, and perhaps could allow him to attempt to play in the 2009 NFL...

 

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2007; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Receives 23-Month Prison Sentence

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson today in Richmond. Vick had been facing a recommended sentence of 12 to 18 months after pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from his participation in a dogfighting operation...

 

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2007; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Hearing Under Way

The sentencing hearing of suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is under way in Richmond. Vick is to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson. The hearing began at 10 a.m. Vick pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from his participation in a dogfighting operation based...

 

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2007; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Developments in Two Different Courtrooms in Vick Case

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson may have provided a preview of the approach that he will take in sentencing suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick when he sentenced two of Vick's co-defendants Friday. Hudson sentenced Purnell Peace to 18 months in prison and Quanis Phillips to 21 months...

 

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2007; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's State Trial Scheduled for April

A judge set an April 2 trial date for suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to face state dogfighting charges. Lawrence Woodward, one of Vick's attorneys, requested a jury trial during a five-minute hearing today in Sussex, Va. Vick is jailed as he awaits sentencing by a federal judge...

 

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Harrington Gets Falcons' Starting Job Again

The Atlanta Falcons announced that they're going back to Joey Harrington as their starter at quarterback this week. Coach Bobby Petrino has been switching back and forth between Harrington and Byron Leftwich in recent weeks....

 

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2007; 06:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Prosecutors Ask Judge to Order Vick to Set Aside Money for Care and Placement of Seized Dogs

Prosecutors asked the judge presiding over Michael Vick's federal case to set aside more than $900,000 of Vick's money for the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback to meet his obligation to pay for the care and placement of the dogs seized from his property. The prosecutors cited Vick's "deteriorating financial...

 

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2007; 06:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Chooses to Begin Prison Term Early

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has decided to surrender and begin serving his prison sentence immediately, according to court documents. Vick is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 10 by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge related to his participation in...

 

By Mark Maske | November 19, 2007; 02:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Lehr Reportedly Implicated By Personal Trainer in Texas

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Matt Lehr reportedly has been implicated in the NFL's latest steroids scandal. The Dallas Morning News reported that Lehr was implicated by Plano, Tex., personal trainer David Jacobs, who pleaded guilty to a steroids-related charge this week and agreed to cooperate with federal investigators...

 

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (4)

Leftwich to Reclaim Falcons' Starting Job When Healthy

Byron Leftwich remains the No. 1 quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons when healthy, Coach Bobby Petrino announced Wednesday. But that doesn't necessarily mean that Leftwich, who's coming off ankle surgery, will be ready to play this weekend. That remains to be determined. Joey Harrington began the season as the...

 

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Personal Trainer Reportedly Tells Federal Authorities He Supplied Performance-Enhancing Drugs to Cowboys Players

A Plano, Tex., personal trainer reportedly has told federal investigators that he supplied performance-enhancing drugs to Dallas Cowboys players. The trainer, David Jacobs, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute steroids. Under a plea deal, Jacobs reportedly agreed to...

 

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (8)

Trainer Claiming Ties to Cowboys, Falcons Players Pleads Guilty in Steroids Case

A personal trainer based in Plano, Tex., claiming to have ties to players with the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons pleaded guilty in federal court today to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute steroids. The trainer, David Jacobs, told KTVT-TV in Dallas that he will...

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 06:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

County Prosecutor in Vick Case Re-Elected

The Surry County, Va., prosecutor who is handling the Michael Vick case was re-elected Tuesday. Gerald Poindexter received 1,657 votes to 1,173 votes for write-in challenger Ed Vaughn, country registrar Lucille Epps told the Associated Press. Poindexter received some criticism for his handling of the case before federal officials...

 

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2007; 02:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Petrino Has Clear-the-Air Meeting With D. Hall

Atlanta Falcons Coach Bobby Petrino reportedly met Monday with disgruntled cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Hall criticized the team publicly last week for releasing veteran defensive tackle Grady Jackson. He also was fined $100,000 by the Falcons earlier this season after getting into a sideline verbal confrontation with Petrino and an...

 

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2007; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hearing Scheduled For Nov. 30 in Appeal of Key Ruling in Vick Bonus Money Case

A hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 30 before U.S. District Judge David Doty in the NFL Players Association's appeal of a key ruling in the Michael Vick bonus forfeiture case. The Atlanta Falcons are attempting to force Vick, their suspended quarterback, to return $19.97 million of the $37...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2007; 05:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Virginia Prosecutor Reportedly Has Potential Conflict of Interest in Vick Case

Surry County, Va., prosecutor Gerald Poindexter reportedly has a potential conflict of interest in the Michael Vick case. The Virginian-Pilot reported that, according to court records, Poindexter once represented Vick's father, Michael Boddie, in a traffic case. Poindexter filed a petition in 2003 to have Boddie's driving privileges reinstated....

 

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Leftwich Undergoes Ankle Surgery

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Byron Leftwich underwent surgery today on his injured right ankle. Leftwich, suffering from a high ankle sprain, had two screws inserted into his ankle and Falcons officials hope he will be able to play again in 3-4 weeks. Joey Harrington will reclaim the starting job in...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 04:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Lose Another Offensive Tackle

The Atlanta Falcons placed rookie offensive tackle Renardo Foster on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Foster suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints. He'd become a starter because of injuries to fellow offensive tackles Wayne Gandy...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 03:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Not Saying How Long Leftwich Will Be Sidelined

The Atlanta Falcons are on their bye this week, and it's unclear if Byron Leftwich will be healthy enough to remain their starting quarterback when they return from it. Leftwich hurt his lower right leg during Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints in his first start since being...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich Named Falcons' Starter

Atlanta Falcons Coach Bobby Petrino made a quarterback change, promoting Byron Leftwich into the starting role ahead of Joey Harrington. The move comes on the heels of Monday night's lopsided loss to the New York Giants that dropped the Falcons' record to 1-5. Harrington had started the first six...

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 07:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Said to be Pondering Potential Move to Leftwich

There is speculation that the Atlanta Falcons might make a quarterback switch following Monday night's lopsided loss to the New York Giants. Joey Harrington has been the team's starter all season but the Falcons' coaching staff is said to be contemplating a move to Byron Leftwich, the former Jacksonville...

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Judge Approves Neutering of Dogs Seized in Vick Case

The federal judge in Richmond overseeing the Michael Vick case approved the neutering of fighting dogs seized from the Virginia property of suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson also appointed an expert to determine whether the 48 dogs will be euthanized or placed elsewhere....

 

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 06:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich, Now Second on Falcons' Depth Chart, Suffers Minor Ankle Sprain in Practice

Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback Byron Leftwich sprained his left ankle during Thursday's practice. Leftwich has had problems in the past with his right ankle. But this injury is to his left ankle, and it does not seem serious. He probably will be available if needed Monday night against the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2007; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Make Progress in Vick Bonus Case with Ruling by Special Master

The Atlanta Falcons made legal progress today in their attempt to force suspended quarterback Michael Vick to return $19.97 million of the $37 million in bonus money in his 10-year, $130 million contract. Stephen Burbank, the NFL's special master, ruled that a precedent set in a previous case involving...

 

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 06:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

J. Harrington Remains Falcons' Starter, At Least for Now

Atlanta Falcons Coach Bobby Petrino announced that he's sticking with Joey Harrington as the club's starting quarterback this week. Harrington was pulled in favor of Byron Leftwich late in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans....

 

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hearing in Vick Contract Case Done, Parties Told to Expect Ruling By End of Next Week

Today's Michael Vick hearing is over. University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephen Burbank, the NFL's special master, told the parties to expect a ruling by the end of next week. Representatives of the Atlanta Falcons argued to Burbank that Vick should be forced to return about $20 million of...

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's Contract Case Before NFL's Special Master Today

University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephen Burbank is scheduled to hear arguments today in the Atlanta Falcons' attempt to force suspended quarterback Michael Vick to return a large portion of the $37 million in bonuses in his 10-year, $130 million contract. The hearing is to take place at the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Judge Schedules Nov. 27 Hearing to Determine Trial Date for Vick in State Case

A Surry County, Va., judge today scheduled a Nov. 27 hearing to determine a trial date for suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to face state dogfighting charges. Vick did not attend today's initial court appearance in the case in Sussex, Va. Attorney Lawrence Woodward represented Vick and appeared...

 

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (7)

Vick Attended PETA Class Last Month

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick attended a day-long class on the prevention of animal cruelty last month at the Virginia office of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. A source close to Vick said that the quarterback and PETA officials initially discussed the possibility of Vick doing...

 

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2007; 05:37 PM ET | Comments (5)

D. Hall Fined $100,000, Might Be Benched for Part of This Weekend's Game

The Atlanta Falcons fined cornerback DeAngelo Hall $100,000 for an outburst during last Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers and might suspend him for at least a quarter of this weekend's game. Hall told reporters the details of the penalty today at the Falcons' training facility. He indicated he...

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2007; 02:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Reportedly Tests Positive for Marijuana

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick reportedly tested positive for marijuana this month. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that, according to court documents, a probation officer requested that U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson impose stricter pretrial release conditions on Vick because a urine sample submitted Sept. 13 by Vick tested positive...

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2007; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's Defense Team Claiming Double Jeopardy

After Michael Vick was indicted today by a grand jury in Virginia on dogfighting charges, Vick's defense team issued a written statement in which it said it would examine the state charges and "aggressively protect his rights to ensure that he is not held accountable for the same conduct...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2007; 09:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Indicted

A grand jury in Virginia indicted Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and three co-defendants today on state charges related to their admitted operation of a dogfighting ring. Vick was indicted for beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs, and engaging in or promoting dogfighting, the Associated...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2007; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Virginia Prosecutor Indicates He Will Present Evidence to Grand Jury Today in Vick Case

A Virginia prosecutor said he plans to present evidence to a grand jury today, seeking indictments of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his co-defendants on state charges related to their admitted operation of a dogfighting ring. Gerald Poindexter, the commonwealth attorney for Surry County, Va., told the Associated...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2007; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Petrino Says Falcons Plan to Discipline D. Hall

The Atlanta Falcons plan to discipline Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall for a sideline tantrum that followed a series of key penalties during Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers, Falcons Coach Bobby Petrino said today. Hall had three penalties, including an unsportsmanlike conduct for verbal sparring with Panthers wide...

 

By Mark Maske | September 24, 2007; 02:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

State Charges Against Vick Might Not Come Until After Federal Sentencing in December

A Virginia prosecutor reportedly plans to pursue dogfighting charges against suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick but might not do so until after Vick is sentenced by a federal judge. Gerald Poindexter, the commonwealth attorney for Surry County, Va., told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution it's possible that he might present...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2007; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Authorities Reportedly Find Link Between Slain North Carolina Man and Vick's "Bad Newz Kennels"

According to broadcast and print reports, including one in the Charlotte Observer, law enforcement officials have found a link between a North Carolina man found shot to death in his home in April and the "Bad Newz Kennels" of suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. A friend reportedly found...

 

By Mark Maske | September 20, 2007; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Get Leftwich, But Shouldn't They Have Gotten Him Sooner?

The Atlanta Falcons signed quarterback Byron Leftwich on Tuesday. The question is: What took so long? The Jacksonville Jaguars released Leftwich before the season. The Falcons went into the season with Joey Harrington and Chris Redman as their top two quarterbacks. Did they really think that Harrington was going...

 

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2007; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich, Falcons Have a Deal

Quarterback Byron Leftwich, the former Jacksonville starter who was released by the Jaguars before the season, has agreed to a contract with the Atlanta Falcons, an NFL source said. The deal is for two years and can pay Leftwich as much as $7 million, according to the source. Leftwich...

 

By Mark Maske | September 18, 2007; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich Likely to Sign With Falcons Today

Quarterback Byron Leftwich is scheduled to undergo a physical for the Atlanta Falcons this morning and likely will sign with the team if all goes well. Leftwich remained in Atlanta after meeting Monday night with Falcons officials. The Falcons are winless after two games and are in desperate need...

 

By Mark Maske | September 18, 2007; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Considering Signing Leftwich

The Atlanta Falcons are considering signing quarterback Byron Leftwich, the former Jacksonville starter who was released by the Jaguars before the season. He was scheduled to meet with Falcons officials tonight. Earlier today, the Falcons re-signed 47-year-old kicker Morten Andersen....

 

By Mark Maske | September 17, 2007; 10:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell-Vick Meeting Not Scheduled Yet

The expected meeting between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick hasn't been scheduled yet, two sources familiar with the case said today. Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely after Vick entered a guilty plea in a federal dogfighting case. According to sources, Goodell plans to meet with...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2007; 04:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hearing Over Vick Contract Scheduled for October

An Oct. 4 hearing has been scheduled in the Atlanta Falcons' attempt to retrieve bonus money from suspended quarterback Michael Vick's 10-year, $130 million contract. The hearing is to take place before Stephen Burbank, the University of Pennsylvania law professor who is the NFL's special master, charged with resolving...

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2007; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (13)

Falcons Elevate Bramlet to Roster

The Atlanta Falcons elevated quarterback Casey Bramlet from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. He gives the Falcons a third quarterback on the active roster behind starter Joey Harrington and backup Chris Redman....

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2007; 06:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says Vick Should Be Focused on Legal Troubles, Not Return to NFL

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is making the television rounds as the new season approaches, but isn't saying much about the indefinite suspension that he imposed on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick after Vick pleaded guilty in his federal dogfighting case. Goodell basically avoided the subject in separate interviews with...

 

By Mark Maske | September 4, 2007; 08:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Not in Hot Pursuit of Leftwich, At Least Not Yet

According to an NFL source, the Atlanta Falcons have demonstrated only moderate interest thus far in free agent quarterback Byron Leftwich, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars over the weekend. The Falcons are short on quarterbacks, with Michael Vick on indefinite suspension and D.J. Shockley sidelined for the...

 

By Mark Maske | September 3, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Radio Appearance Canceled, According to Host

Michael Vick canceled a radio appearance scheduled for this morning, host Tom Joyner said on his nationally syndicated show. Joyner said that Vick apologized to him after being told by his advisers not to appear. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback addressed reporters Monday in Richmond after entering his guilty plea...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Falcons Try to Move On

The Atlanta Falcons still have Michael Vick on their roster. But with the quarterback's guilty plea in his federal dogfighting case now entered, the team plans to do its best to try to put Vick out of mind as well as out of sight. "We have to move on...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2007; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons Might Not Be Able to Get More Than $6 Million Back From Vick

Here are the ins and outs of the Atlanta Falcons' attempt to try to force quarterback Michael Vick to return a portion of the $37 million in bonuses in his 10-year, $130 million contract: Vick's contract, signed in December 2004, contained a $7.5 million signing bonus and two roster...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2007; 10:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Falcons Not Releasing Vick At This Point

The Atlanta Falcons aren't releasing quarterback Michael Vick. At least not yet. In a news conference today in Atlanta that began less than an hour after Vick stood at a podium at a Richmond hotel and delivered a public apology for his guilty plea in a federal dogfighting case,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Vick Enters Guilty Plea, Scheduled to Speak Publicly This Morning

Michael Vick entered his guilty plea to a federal conspiracy charge this morning in a Richmond courtroom. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback is scheduled to speak to reporters in an 11:30 a.m. news conference at a Richmond hotel, according to William R. (Billy) Martin, Vick's Washington-based attorney. Martin said outside...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2007; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Reportedly Plan to Try to Force Vick to Return $22 Million in Bonus Money

The Atlanta Falcons reportedly intend to try to force quarterback Michael Vick to return a significant portion of the $37 million in bonus money in his 10-year, $130 million contract. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the team plans to attempt to recoup $22 million. Vick was suspended indefinitely Friday...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2007; 07:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's Plea Deal Filed With Court

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick's plea agreement was filed today in federal court in Richmond. Federal prosecutors and Vick's attorneys took the unusual step of filing the deal with the court three days before Vick's scheduled appearance Monday before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who must decide whether...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2007; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Vick Won't Admit to Killing Dogs or Gambling, But Plea Deal Not Expected to Unravel

A source familiar with the Michael Vick case this morning confirmed an ESPN report that the Atlanta Falcons quarterback won't admit to killing dogs or gambling on dogfights when he pleads guilty Monday to a federal dogfighting charge. Vick will plead guilty to the conspiracy count on which he...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2007; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (4)

Vick, Goodell Will Meet, But It's Not Scheduled Yet

There indeed will be a meeting between Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before Goodell decides what punishment the league will impose on Vick, sources familiar with Vick's case said today. But the meeting hasn't been scheduled yet, said the sources. Vick's lawyers announced Monday...

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2007; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

NAACP Leader Says Vick Should Be Allowed to Return to NFL In Future

The head of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP is urging the NFL to allow Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to play in the league again after he serves his sentence for pleading guilty in his dogfighting case. "As a society, we should aid in his rehabilitation and welcome a...

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2007; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Meeting Between Vick, Goodell Might Be Scheduled Before League's Disciplinary Decision

Michael Vick's representatives plan to try to arrange a meeting between the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before Goodell decides what discipline the league will impose on Vick, sources familiar with Vick's case said today. NFL officials said that Goodell had not decided what punishment to...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will Vick Ever Play in the NFL Again?

The question being asked by people both inside and outside the NFL on the morning after Michael Vick agreed to plead guilty to the federal dogfighting charges against him is this: Will Vick ever play in the NFL again? Here's one view: It's too soon to know. Vick is...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Are in Quarterback Market

The Atlanta Falcons might be desperate at quarterback, but apparently not desperate enough to inquire about a possible trade for the Washington Redskins' Mark Brunell. An NFL source with knowledge of the Falcons' maneuverings said Monday evening that the team had made "no inquiries" about Brunell. Still, the Falcons...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Agrees to Plead Guilty, According to Lawyer

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has agreed to plead guilty to the federal dogfighting charges against him under a deal reached today between his attorneys and prosecutors, his lawyer said. William R. (Billy) Martin, Vick's Washington-based attorney, said that Vick decided to accept the plea deal after talking to...

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2007; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Plea Deal in Vick Case Could Be Announced This Afternoon

There were growing indications today that Michael Vick's attorneys could complete a plea agreement with federal prosecutors and perhaps announce as soon as this afternoon that the Atlanta Falcons quarterback has accepted the deal. A source familiar with the case, speaking on the condition of anonymity because nothing had...

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2007; 01:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Even More Shorthanded at Quarterback as Shockley Reportedly Lost for Season

The Atlanta Falcons reportedly will be without reserve quarterback D.J. Shockley all season. Shockley suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. That leaves the Falcons with Chris Redman and the just-signed Casey...

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2007; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Two Remaining Vick Co-Defendants Enter Guilty Pleas

Michael Vick's two remaining co-defendants pleaded guilty today in federal court in Richmond to the dogfighting charges against them. Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips joined fellow co-defendant Tony Taylor, who pleaded guilty last month. Vick's attorneys have been negotiating a potential plea deal with prosecutors in which the Atlanta...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2007; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Vick Considering Plea Deal

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his attorneys were deliberating today about whether to accept a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. There were indications that a plea deal perhaps could be completed quickly if Vick gives his approval. Sources familiar with the situation said that Vick's lawyers had made...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2007; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Atlanta TV Station Reports There's Division Within Vick's Defense Team Over Plea Deal Decision

An Atlanta television station reported today that there is division within the defense team of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick about whether to accept a plea agreement in his federal dogfighting case. Vick's attorneys are in plea negotiations with federal prosecutors, according to sources. A source said Tuesday night that...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

Two Remaining Vick Co-Defendants Reportedly Could Enter Plea Agreements This Week

Michael Vick's remaining two co-defendants in his federal dogfighting case have scheduled hearings for late this week to possibly enter plea agreements, the Associated Press reported. Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace reportedly scheduled hearings for Thursday and Friday. Another co-defendant, Tony Taylor, previously pleaded guilty to the dogfighting charges...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2007; 10:31 PM ET | Comments (3)

League Officials Say Goodell Has Not Decided on Disciplinary Action Against Vick

NFL officials say that Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn't made a decision yet about possible disciplinary action against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Goodell continues to await the completion of the league's review of the case, which is being conducted by D.C. attorney Eric Holder. Vick is scheduled to go...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2007; 09:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

League Officials Mum on Status of Review of Vick Case

NFL officials are saying little or nothing about the league's review of the Michael Vick case that is to determine the playing status of the Atlanta Falcons quarterback. It's been 15 days since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered Vick not to report to the Falcons' training camp four days...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2007; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Says in Radio Interview He's Put Team's Owner, Fans "Through a Lot"

Michael Vick said in an interview with an Atlanta radio station today that he hopes to play for the Falcons again but is uncertain whether he will be able to do so. "Hopefully I'll see you all again," Vick said in a taped interview. "It remains to be seen....

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 02:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Co-Defendant in Vick Case Pleads Guilty

One of the three men indicted with Michael Vick on federal dogfighting charges pleaded guilty today. Tony Taylor is to be sentenced on Dec. 14. Taylor's plea came as part of an agreement with prosecutors. According to the Associated Press, Taylor said he was not promised a specific sentence....

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Turn to Harrington

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Joey Harrington was on a vacation with his family last week, he says, when he got a call informing him that Michael Vick had been indicted on federal dogfighting charges. That quickly, Harrington had become the likely starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. Harrington, the failed...

 

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2007; 08:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Two D.C. Attorneys Playing Key Roles in Vick Case

Two prominent Washington-area lawyers became involved in the Michael Vick case this week. On Monday, Vick hired William R. "Billy" Martin to represent him. Martin is a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan whose clients have included former NBA player Jayson Williams, Monica Lewinsky and her mother and the...

 

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2007; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (3)

Falcons Preparing to Start Camp Without Vick

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. It's a warm, sunny day in the Atlanta area, and the Falcons are readying to open training camp this afternoon without quarterback Michael Vick. Vick is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today in Richmond after being indicted by a federal grand jury last week...

 

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2007; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (29)

NFL Security Officers Reportedly Contact County Investigators in Vick Case

NFL security officials reportedly have offered their assistance to Surry County, Va., investigators who are looking into allegations that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was involved in a dog-fighting operation in Virginia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today that members of the league's security staff called county officials and showed...

 

By Mark Maske | May 25, 2007; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says He's "Very Concerned" About Vick Allegations But Not Ready to Decide About Discipline

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said here today that he's "very concerned" about the allegations that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick might have been involved in a dogfighting operation in Virginia but is not prepared to make a decision about possible disciplinary action. Authorities are investigating Vick's possible involvement,...

 

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 08:17 PM ET | Comments (15)

Vick Case Drawing Congressional Scrutiny

The possible involvement of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in a dog fighting ring in Virginia is drawing attention on Capitol Hill. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) wrote a letter today to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging him to take strong disciplinary action against Vick if it's determined that Vick...

 

By Mark Maske | May 18, 2007; 11:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

Can Petrino Get Things Out of Vick That Mora Couldn't?

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Atlanta Falcons Coaching Change Fired: Jim Mora Hired: Bobby Petrino Players Released: Ed Hartwell, LB Ike Reese, LB Matt Lehr, G Kevin Mathis, CB Traded: Matt Schaub, QB Free Agents Lost: Ashley Lelie, WR Patrick Kerney, DE Justin Griffith, TE Free Agents Re-Signed: None Free Agents...

 

By Mark Maske | May 4, 2007; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (4)

Offseason Injuries Piling Up for Falcons Defense

The Atlanta Falcons have had significant injuries suffered by two defensive starters in recent days. Linebacker Demorrio Williams suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights and underwent surgery last week. Defensive tackle Rod Coleman underwent surgery for a ruptured quadriceps muscle after being hurt in a boating accident....

 

By Mark Maske | May 1, 2007; 08:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Harrington to Falcons

Free agent quarterback Joey Harrington agreed to a two-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons. The former Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins starter is to back up Michael Vick in Atlanta. He replaces Matt Schaub, who was traded to the Houston Texans. Harrington was a part-time starter for the Dolphins...

 

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2007; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Considering J. Harrington

Free agent quarterback Joey Harrington met with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday. It was the second free agent visit for the former Detroit and Miami starter. He was in Charlotte earlier in the week to meet with the Carolina Panthers but they signed David Carr instead to back up...

 

By Mark Maske | April 7, 2007; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Add C. Redman to Quarterback Mix

The Atlanta Falcons signed quarterback Chris Redman. Redman is a former starter for the Baltimore Ravens whose career has been derailed by injuries. He'll compete for a roster spot behind starter Michael Vick, but the Falcons probably will add another potential backup after trading Matt Schaub to the Houston...

 

By Mark Maske | March 23, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Schaub Gets Hefty New Contract from Texans

Quarterback Matt Schaub has agreed to a six-year, $48 million contract with the Houston Texans, an NFL source said. The deal completes Wednesday's trade in which the Texans are sending a second-round pick in each of the next two drafts to the Atlanta Falcons for Schaub. The two teams...

 

By Mark Maske | March 22, 2007; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Agree to Trade Schaub to Texans

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to trade backup quarterback Matt Schaub to the Houston Texans for a package of draft picks, an NFL source said. The move likely will lead the Texans to release or trade quarterback David Carr, the top overall selection in the 2002 NFL draft. Schaub...

 

By Mark Maske | March 21, 2007; 05:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

R. Fowler Switches Course, Signs Offer Sheet With Titans Instead of Eagles

It happens at least once a year in free agency: A player agrees to a deal and then backs out of it to sign a better deal with another team. This year, it happened on the restricted free agent market. On Sunday, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Ryan Fowler agreed to...

 

By Mark Maske | March 12, 2007; 08:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Horn, Falcons Agree

Wide receiver Joe Horn agreed to a contract with the Atlanta Falcons late Wednesday night. Horn was a free agent after being released by the New Orleans Saints last week. He made the Falcons his top choice and spent several days meeting with team officials this week in Atlanta....

 

By Mark Maske | March 8, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Horn, Falcons Close

Free agent wide receiver Joe Horn is close to signing with the Atlanta Falcons. The two sides are deep into contract negotiations and hope to complete a deal tonight. Horn was a four-time Pro Bowl selection for the New Orleans Saints before being released last week. He drew interest...

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 07:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Horn Negotiating with Falcons

Four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Joe Horn, released by the New Orleans Saints, is negotiating with the Atlanta Falcons. Horn met with team officials Tuesday in the Atlanta area and now the two sides are trying to work out a contract....

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 04:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Feely Generating Interest on Kicker Market

Free agent kicker Jay Feely visited the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday. The Dolphins would release Olindo Mare if they can sign Feely. But the New York Giants are attempting to re-sign Feely and the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons also are interested....

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 07:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Add Mughelli, Release Hartwell and Reese

The Atlanta Falcons signed fullback Ovie Mughelli, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, to a six-year, $18 million deal. The Falcons released linebackers Ed Hartwell and Ike Reese....

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2007; 07:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Won't Face Charges Stemming from Airport Incident

Authorities in Miami said that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick won't face charges stemming from last week's incident in which he reluctantly surrendered a water bottle with a secret compartment at an airport security checkpoint. Police said last week there was a residue in the secret compartment that smelled...

 

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 08:53 PM ET | Comments (5)

A. Blank and Other Falcons Officials Meet With Vick to Express Displeasure About Airport Incident

Atlanta Falcons officials, including owner Arthur Blank, met today with quarterback Michael Vick. The team's leaders expressed their displeasure with Vick after he reluctantly surrendered a water bottle Wednesday at a security checkpoint at the Miami airport that later was found to contain a secret compartment and a residue...

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 10:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

Police Say Water Bottle Taken From Vick at Miami Airport Had Secret Compartment and Substance that Smelled Like Marijuana

A water bottle taken from Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick by security screeners at the Miami airport Wednesday had a hidden compartment with a residue that smelled like marijuana, according to police. No charges were filed immediately but the bottle was to be sent to a lab for analysis,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (107)

Petrino Has Coordinators In Place

New Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino hired Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers coach Hue Jackson as his offensive coordinator. Jackson formerly was the Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator under Steve Spurrier. Petrino lured Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer from Dallas to be his defensive boss....

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys' Zimmer Headed to Falcons as Defensive Coordinator

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has accepted an offer to be the defensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, working for new Falcons coach Bobby Petrino. Zimmer's contract with the Cowboys was expiring and the late-season struggles of the Dallas defense made it clear that he might be replaced...

 

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 09:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Petrino Gets Big Deal in Atlanta

The Atlanta Falcons have become the first team to hire a new coach this offseason, dipping into the college ranks to get Bobby Petrino of Louisville. The hiring Sunday came six days after Falcons owner Arthur Blank fired Jim Mora following a 7-9 season. Petrino didn't come cheaply, agreeing...

 

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons to Launch Coaching Search With Whisenhunt Interview Today

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to begin their head coaching search by interviewing Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt today. The Falcons likely will interview Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and San Francisco 49ers assistant head coach Mike Singletary in the coming days....

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cardinals to Interview Rivera Today

The Arizona Cardinals are to begin their head coaching search by interviewing Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera today in Chicago. The Cardinals, who fired Dennis Green as their coach on Monday, also have scheduled interviews with Houston Texans assistant head coach Mike Sherman on Thursday and Indianapolis Colts assistant...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Oust Mora

Atlanta Falcons Coach Jim Mora was fired today by team owner Arthur Blank after a season in which the club went 7-9 and Mora created an uproar by saying during a recent radio interview that he would leave the franchise immediately if he could get the coaching job at...

 

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2007; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mora Takes Up For Himself

Embattled Atlanta Falcons Coach Jim Mora defended himself today. "I'm proud of this football team," Mora said during a news conference. "Our football team did some things that are overlooked when you lose a football game. We've won the most games in the NFC South for three years. We've...

 

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2006; 09:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Does Little During Falcons' Practice

Quarterback Michael Vick did little during the Atlanta Falcons' practice Wednesday, resting the strained groin muscle that he suffered during Saturday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Matt Schaub took most of the snaps with the starting offense and would start Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers if Vick is...

 

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2006; 07:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hall Talks to Owens and Says He's Putting Spitting Incident Behind Him

Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall told reporters today that he spoke to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens on Monday and he's moving on from the ugly incident over the weekend in which Owens spit at Hall. The two spoke as part of a three-way telephone call with Deion...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2006; 07:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons' Third Quarterback Didn't Get Into Saturday's Game But His Helmet Did

When the Atlanta Falcons moved Michael Vick from quarterback to tailback and inserted Matt Schaub at quarterback for a few plays during Saturday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys, they actually were violating a little-known NFL rule: An offensive team cannot have two quarterbacks on the field with radio...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2006; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Even With No Suspension for Owens, Goodell Still Increasing Penalties for On-Field Misdeeds

Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall called for the league to suspend Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens for spitting in Hall's face during Saturday night's game at the Georgia Dome. It didn't happen. On Monday, the NFL instead fined Owens $35,000. But even if he didn't suspend Owens, first-year...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Hopeful They'll Have Vick Against Panthers

The Atlanta Falcons are hopeful that quarterback Michael Vick will play this weekend against the Carolina Panthers. Vick threw four touchdown passes in Saturday's loss at home to the Dallas Cowboys but finished the game on the bench because of a strained groin muscle. Matt Schaub would start against...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (2)

Owens Fined $35,000 For Spitting Incident Saturday

The NFL today fined Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens $35,000 for spitting at Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall during the Cowboys' triumph Saturday night in Atlanta. Owens was not suspended, keeping with precedent for punishments levied by the league for similar infractions in the past. Hall complained to...

 

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (12)

Mora's Job Security Becomes An Issue

ATLANTA--The job of Atlanta Falcons Coach Jim Mora perhaps could be in jeopardy. Mora created an uproar in Atlanta last week by saying on a radio show that he would leave his job with the Falcons in an instant if he could get the head coaching job at the...

 

By Mark Maske | December 17, 2006; 01:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Does It All But Ends Up Hurt

ATLANTA--It was an eventful night for Michael Vick on Saturday as the Atlanta Falcons lost to the Dallas Cowboys. Vick threw four touchdown passes, matching his single-game career high. He set an NFL single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback. He even lined up at tailback for a...

 

By Mark Maske | December 17, 2006; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (2)

One of Falcons' Two Injured Tailbacks Practices

The Atlanta Falcons' tailback situation improved when rookie Jerious Norwood participated in Thursday's practice. Norwood suffered a knee injury last weekend while Warrick Dunn hurt his calf. Dunn missed his second straight practice Thursday but it appears the Falcons will have at least Norwood available for Saturday night's game...

 

By Mark Maske | December 15, 2006; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (3)

Falcons Bolster RB Depth

The Atlanta Falcons signed tailback Jamal Robertson, formerly of the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers. The Falcons' top two tailbacks, Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood, are plagued by leg injuries and sat out Wednesday's practice. Fullback Justin Griffith is slated to start at tailback if both are sidelined...

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Suddenly Short of Tailbacks

The Atlanta Falcons potentially are facing a severe shortage at running back this week. Tailbacks Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood got hurt during Sunday's triumph over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dunn suffered a calf injury, and Norwood hurt his knee. It's not clear if either will be available for...

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 09:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Mora Reportedly Leaves Radio Job In Wake of Vick Comment

Former NFL coach Jim Mora left a radio job with Fox Sports because of his recent comments regarding Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Mora agreed with a host's comment that Vick is a "coach killer" because of his erratic passing. The Falcons are coached by Mora's...

 

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Vick Makes Donations

According to the Falcons, half of quarterback Michael Vick's $10,000 donation to charity requested this week by the NFL went to the family of an Atlanta firefighter who died after suffering injuries while battling a fire on Thanksgiving. The other half, according to the team, went to the Warrick...

 

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2006; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Fined $10,000 By League and Asked to Contribute Another $10,000 to Charity

The NFL has fined Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick $10,000 for his obscene gesture toward fans following Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints and requested that he make an additional $10,000 contribution to a charity of his choice, a source familiar with the penalties said. Vick and his...

 

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2006; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kerney Done for Season

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle during Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns. The former Pro Bowler has started 105 consecutive games and leads the team this season with five sacks. The Falcons began the season...

 

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Injuries Piling Up in Already Struggling Secondary for Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons will be without cornerback Jason Webster for four to six weeks because of a groin injury. Webster suffered the injury during a practice this week. The Falcons just lost cornerback Kevin Mathis to a season-ending neck injury. Webster's injury moves rookie Jimmy Williams into the starting...

 

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2006; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Neck Injury To Sideline K. Mathis for Rest of Season

Atlanta Falcons defensive back Kevin Mathis will miss the rest of the season after suffering a neck injury during Sunday's loss at Detroit. Mathis has feeling and movement in his extremities, according to Falcons Coach Jim Mora, but his football future is unclear....

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 10:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Millen Criticized Mariucci in Press-Box Rant Before Firing Him?

Atlanta Falcons Coach Jim Mora told Detroit-area reporters during a conference call Wednesday that after his team beat the Lions on Thanksgiving last year, he was told that Lions executive Matt Millen had been highly critical of his coach, Steve Mariucci, in the press box during the game. Millen...

 

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (4)

Roethlisberger Says Falcons Player Taunted Him About Head Injury

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters Wednesday that an Atlanta Falcons player taunted him after Roethlisberger suffered the head injury that knocked him from the two teams' game last Sunday. Roethlisberger refused to identify the player. "They made a little comment, but I won't bring it up right...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

Abraham to Undergo Abdominal Surgery and Be Sidelined 3-4 Weeks

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham will be sidelined for three to four weeks after undergoing abdominal surgery, the team announced today. Abraham has missed four of the Falcons' past five games after injuring his groin in the season opener....

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pierce Fined for Hit on Vick

The league fined New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce $12,500 for a hit on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick last weekend. Pierce hit Vick near the sideline during the Giants' triumph last Sunday. He was assessed a 15-yard penalty....

 

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2006; 06:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Should Worry About Throwing Ball Better, Not More Often

Michael Vick needs to purchase a mirror. And then look in it. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback said in an interview with HBO this week that the Falcons have "got to throw the ball sometimes." He said that Falcons Coach Jim Mora is going to "have to trust in me...

 

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2006; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Getting Back LB Hartwell

Ed Hartwell is scheduled to return to the Atlanta Falcons' lineup this weekend at middle linebacker. Hartwell is to make his season debut as he returns from knee surgery....

 

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Guard Lehr Suspended

The league suspended Atlanta Falcons guard Matt Lehr for four games for a violation of the steroids policy....

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Could Have Abraham Back in Lineup This Weekend

Defensive end John Abraham participated in the Atlanta Falcons' practice today and appears ready to return to the lineup this weekend. He has been sidelined since suffering a groin injury in the season opener....

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 09:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Abraham Practices

Defensive end John Abraham participated in the Atlanta Falcons' practice today. Abraham has missed the Falcons' last three games because of a groin injury. The team has a bye this weekend, and Abraham told reporters he hopes to play on Oct. 15 against the New York Giants....

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 04:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Sign 46-Year-Old Kicker Andersen

The Atlanta Falcons signed 46-year-old kicker Morten Andersen on Tuesday. Andersen, the second-leading scorer in NFL history, previously kicked for the Falcons between 1995 and 2000. He also kicked for the Falcons' next opponent, the New Orleans Saints, between 1982 and '94. He last kicked in the league with...

 

By Mark Maske | September 20, 2006; 09:36 AM ET | Comments (6)

No Abraham for Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons are playing without defensive end John Abraham because of a groin injury....

 

By Mark Maske | September 17, 2006; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons' Abraham Sits Out Practice With Groin Injury

Defensive end John Abraham sat out the Atlanta Falcons' practice today because of a groin injury and it's unclear if he'll play this weekend. He had two sacks against the Carolina Panthers last weekend in his Falcons debut....

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2006; 08:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Have Kicking Triple Threat

While some NFL teams carry a punter, a field goal kicker and a kickoff specialist, the Atlanta Falcons have one kicking dynamo--Michael Koenen--set to perform all three tasks this season. Koenen was the Falcons' punter and kickoff specialist last season as a rookie, and convinced Coach Jim Mora to...

 

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2006; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons LB Hartwell Might Be Sidelined Early in Season

The Atlanta Falcons could be without linebacker Ed Hartwell at the outset of the regular season. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees Monday and is to be sidelined two to four weeks....

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2006; 01:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Sign Veteran DT

The Atlanta Falcons signed free agent defensive tackle Grady Jackson. The nine-year NFL veteran played the last three seasons for the Green Bay Packers. The New York Giants also had expressed recent interest in him....

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2006; 01:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles, Bears, Niners, Titans Also Were Lelie Bidders

According to an NFL source, the other bidders for Denver Broncos wide receiver Ashley Lelie--traded Tuesday to the Atlanta Falcons in a three-way deal involving the Washington Redskins, who got Atlanta tailback T.J. Duckett--were the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans. It was thought in...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2006; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Holdout Could Cost Lelie $1 Million

Just-traded wide receiver Ashley Lelie is to have a $600,000 salary this year with his new team, the Atlanta Falcons. But he could owe his former team, the Denver Broncos, about $1 million from the fines that he accumulated for missing minicamp and training-camp practices, plus a portion of...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2006; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lelie Could Make A Difference In Atlanta's Offense

The team that may have benefited the most from Tuesday's three-way trade involving the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos is the Falcons. Yes, the Redskins addressed a short-term need, getting T.J. Duckett to fill in at tailback if Clinton Portis's partially dislocated shoulder keeps him sidelined in...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2006; 09:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Considering Proehl

The Atlanta Falcons have contacted the representative for veteran wide receiver Ricky Proehl. The Falcons need receiver help after losing Brian Finneran for the entire season because of a knee injury. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall is getting some practice-field work at wideout....

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2006; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

MRI Confirms Finneran Done For Season

The Atlanta Falcons found out today that they'd lost wide receiver Brian Finneran for the entire season because of a knee injury he suffered during practice Sunday. An MRI exam showed that Finneran suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, as the Falcons had suspected from the moment he injured...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 07:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons' Loss of Finneran Could Be Significant

The Atlanta Falcons suffered a significant loss when wide receiver Brian Finneran hurt his right knee during a drill Sunday while making a cut against rookie cornerback Jimmy Williams. Finneran was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today but the Falcons were prepared to lose him for the entire season....

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 02:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

 

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