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Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Georgia Dome | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd120.5 (5th)295.3 (3rd)
Defense25th104.5 (17th)266.7 (28th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
23Alford, Robert CB5-1018611/1/19884Southeastern Louisiana
37Allen, Ricardo FS5-918612/18/19912Purdue
95Babineaux, Jonathan DT6-230010/12/198112Iowa
44Beasley, Vic OLB6-32467/8/19922Clemson
5Bosher, Matt P6-020810/18/19876Miami (Fla.)
3Bryant, Matt K5-92035/29/197515Baylor
59Campbell, De'Vondre OLB6-32347/1/1993RMinnesota
65Chester, Chris G6-33031/12/198311Oklahoma
99Clayborn, Adrian DE6-32807/6/19886Iowa
26Coleman, Tevin RB6-12104/16/19932Indiana
32Collins, Jalen CB6-12033/20/19932Louisiana State
76Compton, Tom T6-53085/10/19894South Dakota
42DiMarco, Patrick FB6-12344/30/19895South Carolina
24Freeman, Devonta RB5-82063/15/19923Florida State
93Freeney, Dwight DE6-12682/19/198015Syracuse
18Gabriel, Taylor WR5-81652/17/19913Abilene Christian
63Garland, Ben C6-53084/6/19883Air Force
38Goldson, Dashon DB6-22009/18/19849Washington
29Goodwin, C.J. CB6-32202/4/19901California (PA)
77Hageman, Ra'Shede DT6-63188/8/19903Minnesota
16Hardy, Justin WR5-1019212/18/19912East Carolina
47Harris, Josh LS6-12244/27/19895Auburn
81Hooper, Austin TE6-325410/29/1994RStanford
94Jackson, Tyson DE6-42966/6/19868Louisiana State
97Jarrett, Grady DT6-03054/28/19932Clemson
45Jones, Deion MLB6-122211/4/1994RLouisiana State
11Jones, Julio WR6-32202/3/19896Alabama
52Keyes, Josh LB6-22231/23/19932Boston College
67Levitre, Andy G6-23035/15/19868Oregon State
51Mack, Alex C6-431111/19/19858California
70Matthews, Jake T6-53092/11/19923Texas A&M
22Neal, Keanu SS6-02117/26/1995RFlorida
20Neasman, Sharrod DB5-1121310/14/1991RFlorida Atlantic
30Olatoye, Deji CB6-12057/20/19912North Carolina A&T
82Perkins, Josh TE6-32278/5/1993RWashington
34Poole, Brian CB5-921310/20/1992RFlorida
50Reed, Brooks DE6-32542/28/19876Arizona
53Reynolds, LaRoy MLB6-124011/3/19904Virginia
19Robinson, Aldrick WR5-101879/24/19884Southern Methodist
2Ryan, Matt QB6-42175/17/19859Boston College
12Sanu, Mohamed WR6-22108/22/19895Rutgers
8Schaub, Matt QB6-62456/25/198113Virginia
73Schraeder, Ryan T6-73005/4/19884Valdosta State
71Schweitzer, Wes G6-43009/11/1993RSan Jose State
86Tialavea, D.J. TE6-42607/27/19913Utah State
80Toilolo, Levine TE6-82657/30/19914Stanford
91Upshaw, Courtney DE6-227212/13/19895Alabama
28Ward, Terron RB5-72012/15/19922Oregon State
14Weems, Eric WR5-91957/4/198510Bethune-Cookman
41Wheeler, Philip OLB6-224512/12/19849Georgia Tech
15Williams, Nick WR5-1018411/23/19903Connecticut
55Worrilow, Paul MLB6-02305/1/19904Delaware
38Wreh-Wilson, Blidi DB6-119812/5/19894Connecticut
Injured Players
87Fuller, Devin (IR) WR6-01941/29/1994RUCLA
33Howard, Travis (IR) CB6-120011/24/19892Ohio State
36Ishmael, Kemal (IR) SS6-02065/6/19914Central Florida
25King, Akeem (IR) DB6-121210/29/19922San Jose State
74Mayes, Chris (IR) DT6-33499/27/1991RGeorgia
39Mooney, Collin (IR) RB5-102384/3/19863Army
25Moore, William (IR) SS6-02215/18/19856Missouri
90Shelby, Derrick (IR) DE6-22803/4/19895Utah
52Starr, Tyler (IR) LB6-52501/25/19913South Dakota
83Tamme, Jacob (IR) TE6-32303/15/19859Kentucky
21Trufant, Desmond (IR) CB6-01909/10/19904Washington
43Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR) DB6-11851/17/19894Miami (Fla.)
56Weatherspoon, Sean (IR) OLB6-224412/29/19876Missouri
Practice Squad
 Bykowski, Carter T6-73137/25/19903Iowa State
 Daniels, B.J. WR5-1121710/24/19894South Florida
66Graf, Kevin T6-63096/17/1991RUSC
 Griswold, Darion TE6-525512/23/1992RArkansas State
 Ifedi, Martin DE6-32759/4/19911Memphis
 Muir, Blake G6-63155/10/1991RBaylor
 Pressley, Jhurrell RB5-102065/20/1992RNew Mexico
4Simms, Matt QB6-32109/27/19884Tennessee
 Vellano, Joe DT6-230010/30/19882Maryland
 White, Ryan DB5-101961/22/1992RAuburn
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Atlanta6-4303.86-2292.227.02141
 
 
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Position Listing
DeMarcus Van Dyke
News
The Chiefs have announced their final round of cuts and other moves to reach the league-mandated roster of 53 players.

Among the offensive players let go are fullback Jordan Campbell, wide receivers Fred Williams and Mark Harrison, guard Ricky Henry, tackle J'Marcus Webb and running back Charcandrick West.

The defensive players gone from the roster are safeties Jonathon Amaya and Malcolm Bronson, linemen Dominique Hamilton, Kyle Love and Kona Schwenke, linebackers Alonzo Highsmith, Devan Walker and Nico Johnson and cornerbacks Justin Rogers and DeMarcus Van Dyke .

The Chiefs have also placed Tyler Bray and Kyle Williams on IR and Mike Catapano on the non-football injury list.

Injury
Ryan Schraeder
News
The Falcons revealed second-year offensive lineman Ryan Schraeder will be starting at right tackle in Week 10 at Tampa Bay.

Injuries have decimated the Falcons’ offensive line in 2014, which has resulted in an inconsistent offense. 

Mohamed Sanu
News
Sanu caught all four passes that came his way in Sunday's win over the Saints for 32 yards and a touchdown.

Matt Ryan found Sanu in the back of the end zone for a 10 yard strike on a scramble midway through the second quarter. It was Sanu's first score since Week 8. Sanu put together some solid outings to start the season, but he has been quiet in recent weeks, a period that coincides with the emergence of big-play threat Taylor Gabriel. Gabriel was out with a foot injury on Sunday, but is expected back for the playoffs. Those planning on playing Sanu should prepare accordingly.

B.J. Daniels
News
Daniels was waived by the Giants on Friday, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports.

Daniels signed on with the Giants in early May, hoping to secure a third-string spot behind Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib on the depth chart. With training camp approaching, the Giants decided to instead sign 24-year-old Logan Thomas, leaving Daniels as the odd man out.

Matt Schaub
News
Schaub completed eight of 12 passes for 78 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Browns.

Schaub completed 10 of 15 passes for 179 yards in the first preseason game, and while Thursday's performance was far less impressive, there's been no indication he's facing any real pressure for the No. 2 quarterback job. Starter Matt Ryan hasn't missed a game since 2009.

Matt Simms
News
Simms finished 10-of-13 for 136 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason win over the Browns.

Simms is battling Matt Schaub for the right to back up Matt Ryan, but it will take more than one decent performance to supplant the veteran. His statline is encouraging, nonetheless.

Dashon Goldson
News
Goldson re-signed Tuesday with the Falcons, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

With the Falcons placing Kemal Ishmael (shoulder) on injured reserve, Goldson, who was previously waived by Atlanta in October, will rejoin the team to help restore some depth at safety. The former All-Pro is just a backup player at this stage of his career, so don't expect him to play many snaps over the final two weeks of the regular season.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for NFC Championship Game
Ryan White
News
The Packers have announced several cuts, including running backs Michael Hill and LaDarius Perkins.

Also gone are offensive linemen John Fullington and Jordan McCray, as well as cornerback Ryan White.

Josh Keyes
News
Keyes was promoted to the active roster on Thursday, the team's official site reports.

Keyes has been on the practice squad since Week 7 after getting his walking papers from Tampa Bay. He'll provide some added depth at linebacker down the stretch.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for NFC Championship Game
Chris Chester
News
The Falcons signed veteran offensive guard Chris Chester to a one-year deal on Friday, per nfl.com.

The Falcons were able to sign Chester after they released linebacker Prince Shembo, who was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

Chester was cut by the Redskins earlier this week after he played 64 consecutive games for the organization.

William Moore
News
Moore was released by the Falcons on Monday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

Moore has managed just two complete 16-game seasons in his seven-year career, and 2015 wasn't one of them. Limited to 11 appearances due to groin and ankle concerns, he was eventually placed on injured reserve as a result of the latter injury, but not before totaling 51 tackles (38 solo), two interceptions, and one forced fumble. While he turns 31 in the offseason, he likely can offer safety depth to another organization, as long as he remains healthy.

Injury
Blake Muir
No Updates
Tyler Starr
News
The following players were ruled inactive for the Falcons in Week 17 against Carolina: cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Charles Godfrey, running back Steven Jackson, defensive end Stansly Maponga, quarterback Sean Renfree, tackle Jonathan Scott and linebacker Tyler Starr.

Jackson entered this week as questionable after suffering a quadriceps injury against New Orleans in Week 16. Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will share the load. Jackson could return to action in the postseason, if Atlanta defeat Carolina on Sunday.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Darion Griswold
News
Griswold was waived/injured on Friday, Tom James of the Tribune-Star reports.

Griswold hadn't practiced with the Colt's at all in training camp, remaining on the PUP list for the duration of time he was with the team. If he clears waivers, Indianapolis will likely add him to their IR list.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
D.J. Tialavea
News
Tialavea was promoted to the Falcons' active roster on Thursday, the team's official website reports.

Tialavea has been stashed on the team's practice squad all season, but he'll get the call up for the final few games of 2016. He'll serve as a depth tight end and may see some work if the Falcons clinch a playoff spot before Week 17.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for NFC Championship Game
Ben Garland
News
The Broncos have signed exclusive-rights free agent tackle Paul Cornick and guard Ben Garland, per the Baltimore Sun.

This season will be Cornick's fourth with the Broncos while Garland will play his fifth with the team.
Collin Mooney
News
Mooney provided fullback depth for the Falcons in 2015

Mooney has one year left on his contract, but that doesn't mean his roster spot his safe. He'll have to prove he could handle the full time duties in the event Patrick DiMarco went down with an injury in order to secure a roster spot in 2016.

Injury
Keanu Neal
News
Neal (ankle) has returned to Saturday's game against the Panthers, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.

Neal's return is a boon to the Falcons defense both in the passing game and in run support. He injured his ankle early in the first half, but only missed a minimal amount of time before getting back on the field.

Austin Hooper
News
Hooper (knee) practiced fully Wednesday.

After sustaining a sprained MCL in Week 16, Hooper was held out of the season finale, but with the benefit of a first-round bye, he's approaching the end of the line in his recovery effort. Even if he's able to handle a plurality of TE reps this Saturday, he'll have a difficult time making an impact against a Seahawks defense that has conceded no more than three catches nor 40 receiving yards to tight ends in each of the past six contests (including playoffs).

Carter Bykowski
News
The Vikings announced Monday they waived tackle Carter Bykowski. They also placed cornerback Josh Robinson (pectoral) on the PUP list, which means he will miss the first six weeks of the season.
Brian Poole
News
Poole (foot) will play Thursday against the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Poole was able to practice in full on Wednesday after being limited earlier in the week. He figures to back-up Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford at cornerback for the Falcons.

Ricardo Allen
News
Allen has signed his exclusive rights tender with the Falcons, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Allen had an impressive sophomore season in 2015, recording 69 total tackles, good for third on the team, and three interceptions, leading all Falcons in that category. The safety was one of the lone bright spots for a weak Atlanta run defense and helped the Falcons finish seventh in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks in 2015 with savvy play in the secondary. Allen has the potential for a breakout campaign in 2016 as he continues to improve in defensive coordinator Richard Smith's 4-3 scheme.

Adrian Clayborn
News
Clayborn (torn biceps) will miss the rest of the postseason, ESPN reports.

Clayborn went down in Saturday's divisional-round victory over the Seahawks. As Atlanta's second-highest leader in sacks, his absence downgrades the Falcons' pass rush and will likely result in more playing time for Ra'Shede Hageman and Dwight Freeney.

Injury
Biceps - Out for NFC Championship Game
Jonathan Babineaux
News
Babineaux is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after missing Thursday's practice due to a non-injury-related issue.

As expected, Babineaux will be ready for Week 1 as he returned for Friday's practice after his brief absence. The veteran will start at defensive tackle alongside Grady Jarrett.

Eric Weems
News
Wide receiver Eric Weems has agreed to a new two-year contract with the Falcons, according to a report by ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure

Weems made $730,000 last season, when he had 10 catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 10. 

Deji Olatoye
News
The Chiefs signed rookie defensive back Deji Olatoye to their practice squad. He was waived by the Ravens in late August.
Robert Alford
News
Alford signed a four-year, $38 million extension with the Falcons on Thursday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Alford has been a constant in the Atlanta secondary for the past four seasons, collecting two or more interceptions in each year with the team. Through 12 games in 2016, the 28-year-old has also racked up 47 combined tackles, putting him well on pace to surpass his career high. The Southeastern Louisiana product was handsomely rewarded for those efforts Thursday.

Levine Toilolo
News
Toilolo was held to one reception for 18 yards in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Toilolo was only able to haul in one of the three passes thrown in his direction, but that's par for the course for Toilolo, who has exactly one reception in each of his last six games. He'll have to wait until the divisional round to see if he can extend his streak in the playoffs.

Derrick Shelby
News
Shelby (calf) was placed on the IR on Tuesday.

Shelby suffered a calf injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, effectively ending the 27-year-old's season. In six games this season, he recorded eight tackles (six solo) and one pass deflection. Expect veteran Jonathan Babineaux to see an increase in reps, with Courtney Upshaw now serving as the only healthy reserve defensive tackle on the roster.

Injury
Calf - Injured Reserve
LaRoy Reynolds
News
Reynolds is slated to start at middle linebacker Sunday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of AJC reports.

Reynolds will receive the start due to Deion Jones' projected absence.

Tom Compton
News
The Redskins announced Friday the release of defensive end Stephen Bowen and the re-signing of tackle Tom Compton.

Bowen played eight games in 2014, totaling 11 tackles. In four seasons with the Redskins, he totaled 96 tackles with seven sacks. By releasing Bowen, the Redskins will save $5.52 million in cap space, according to the Washington Post.

Compton has spent all three years with Washington, starting nine of 16 games in 2014.

Jacob Tamme
News
The Falcons placed Tamme (shoulder) on injured reserve Monday.

Tamme missed back-to-back games before a Week 11 bye, during which he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. With Monday's move official, the Falcons will turn to rookie Austin Hooper as the primary pass-catching tight end, but Levine Toilolo may continue to be the starter in name.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Tevin Coleman
News
Coleman rushed for 44 yards on eight carries and added 15 yards and a score on three catches in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Coleman slipped out of the backfield and into the flat for a seven-yard touchdown to get Atlanta on the board in the first quarter. It was Coleman's 11th score of the season and fifth in the six games since Atlanta's bye. Coleman seldom puts up the same kind of yardage as his counterpart Devonta Freeman, Freeman reaching 100 total yards seven times this season to Coleman's three. Yet, with the level of consistency that he's been able to contribute in the passing game and score down the stretch, Coleman is a worthwhile play in the playoffs.

Taylor Gabriel
News
Gabriel (foot) practiced in full Wednesday.

With the benefit of the Falcons' first-round bye, Gabriel has clearly put behind the toe and ankle injuries that forced him to be sidelined in Week 17. The multi-faceted wideout will now focus his efforts on exploiting a Seattle secondary that has allowed 12.9 YPC and 15 total touchdowns to wide receivers this season (including playoffs).

Blidi Wreh-Wilson
News
Wreh-Wilson was signed by the Falcons on Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlantic Journal-Constitution reports.

The defensive back was released by the Falcons three days ago, but now rejoins the team after they waived offensive tackle Kevin Graf. Look for Wreh-Wilson to resume his regular role as a depth option at cornerback.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for NFC Championship Game
Deion Jones
News
Jones (ankle) was not listed on Wednesday's injury report, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

Jones was limited at practice last week before ultimately being removed from the final injury report. He ended up playing in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, and recorded six tackles in the contest. He appears to be on track to play again in Week 7.

Desmond Trufant
News
The Falcons placed Trufant (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the team's official site reports.

Trufant tended to a shoulder injury throughout November, missing two games as a result. He was diagnosed with a torn pectoral over the weekend, and with season-ending surgery on tap, the Falcons made the obvious roster move. With Trufant sidelined, Jalen Collins will assume starting cornerback duty opposite Robert Alford for the rest of the campaign.

Injury
Pectoral - Injured Reserve
Brooks Reed
News
Reed (groin) was a full participant at the Falcons' practice Friday.

Reed was limited throughout the week, but returned to Friday's practice in full form. Barring any setbacks, he should be good to start at right defensive end in Sunday's tilt with the Chargers.

Jalen Collins
News
Collins (knee) is active for Saturday's tilt against Carolina.

Collins missed last week's game due to his knee issue but he was able to practice in full this week and will jump back in with the starting unit Saturday.

Alex Mack
News
Browns center Alex Mack has been cleared to participate in training camp drills, reports ESPN.com. Mack is recovering from a broken leg, which ended his season in Week 6.
Devin Fuller
News
The Falcons placed Fuller (shoulder) on the IR on Monday,

The Falcons drafted Fuller out of LSU in the seventh-round of this years draft. The Rookie impressed early on in the preseason recording 66 yards and a touchdown in his first two games before injuring his shoulder in the team's third game against the Dolphins. The Saints had hoped he could earn a spot returning kicks heading into the season.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Josh Perkins
News
Perkins caught his first career touchdown pass in Sunday's win over the Panthers.

It was a big day for tight ends on the lower end of the depth chart for the Falcons, as both Perkins and D.J. Tialavea caught the first touchdowns of their careers. Coming off a career day which included two catches for 34 yards, don't expect big things out of Perkins in Week 17.

Jhurrell Pressley
News
Pressley expects to re-sign with the Packers next week, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Pressley was released this week with the Packers in need of a roster spot at another position, but it appears team and player have come to an agreement that he will rejoin the roster after spending one week off it.

Philip Wheeler
News
The Falcons have re-signed Wheeler.

Wheeler, who recorded 29 tackles and a sack in nine games for the Falcons this past season, may be off the IDP radar these days, but retaining him bolsters the depth situation in Atlanta's linebacking corps.

Terron Ward
News
Ward rushed for 52 yards on six carries in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Ward's 16 carries over the past two weeks exceeds his previous season total. The uptick in usage requires more than a look at the box score, however. Ward has benefited from back-to-back blowouts by the Falcons. Every one of his touches in those two games has come in garbage time in the fourth quarter.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for NFC Championship Game
Wes Schweitzer
Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for NFC Championship Game
No Updates
Travis Howard
News
The Giants trimmed their roster by two Wednesday night. 

According to the New York Daily News, the Giants waived offensive tackle Rogers Gaines and cornerback Travis Howard. Both players were placed on injured reserve in 2014. 

Injury
Andy Levitre
News
Levitre (hip) is healthy for Sunday's matchup with New Orleans, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Levitre missed some practice time and he may still be limited during the week but he's not in danger of sitting out the team's regular season finale.

Courtney Upshaw
News
Upshaw agreed to terms on a contract with the Falcons on Friday.

The details of the signing remain a bit unclear, but the 6-foot-2, 272-pound outside linebacker specializes in stuffing the run, but the bulkiness keeps him from becoming an elite linebacker. He will need to transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 outside linebacker with the move to Atlanta, which will result in him serving in coverage more often. Upshaw collected 51 tackles (29 solo) last season, starting 15 of 16 games after Terrell Suggs suffered a torn Achilles, and will look to build on that to secure a starting job again in 2016.

Martin Ifedi
No Updates
Ra'Shede Hageman
News
Hageman was charged with three misdemeanors stemming from a domestic violence case in March, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Hageman's charges come from an alleged incident with the mother of his child and include interfering with a call for emergency help, battery family violence and cruelty to children in the third degree. According to the report, the NFL has been in contact with the Falcons regarding the situation. A second-round pick in 2014, Hageman was inactive for the Falcons' season-opening loss Sunday.

Kemal Ishmael
News
Ishmael (shoulder) will be placed on IR, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Ishmael suffered a shoulder injury during Week 14's win over the Rams and was unable to return. His presence will be missed on special teams, but won't have much of an impact on the Falcons' defense.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Chris Mayes
News
Mayes (foot) has been placed on the Falcons' injured reserve list.

Dealing with a foot injury he suffered on Monday, Mayes had been been placed on the team's waived/injured list, but cleared waivers and will now be stashed on the Falcons' IR.

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
Joe Vellano
News
Kevin Graf
News
The Eagles announced Monday they activated tackle Lane Johnson from the reserve/suspended list. To clear a roster spot, tackle Kevin Graf was released.
Injury
Ankle - Questionable for NFC Championship Game
Paul Worrilow
News
Worrilow (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Worrilow popped up on the Falcons' injury report after the illness prevented him from practicing Friday, but with a day off to recover, it's not expected that he'll face any limitations. The middle linebacker has a pair of 120-plus-tackle seasons on his resume, but after being displaced by Deion Jones for the starting role in 2016, Worrilow remains off the IDP radar.

Grady Jarrett
News
Jarrett (shoulder) will be active for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Jarrett had been limited in practice before participating fully on Wednesday, as he projects to start at defensive tackle next to Jonathan Babineaux.

De'Vondre Campbell
News
Campbell (concussion) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Campbell suffered a concussion in Week 15 and ended up missing the Falcons' most recent game against the Panthers with some lingering symptoms. After some time off for additional rehab, he's slowly upped his practice workload this week, going through a limited session Wednesday, before being upgraded to a full participant Thursday. Campbell should be cleared of the team's concussion protocol, which means he'll likely slide back in as one of the starters at outside linebacker opposite Vic Beasley in Week 17.

Jake Matthews
News
Matthews (knee) is active Sunday against the Rams.

Matthews was uncertain to play after spraining his knee last week against the Chiefs.

Devonta Freeman
News
Freeman rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and added 81 yards on five catches in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Freeman had over 100 total yards after the Falcons' first two drives, posting catches of 13 and 35 yards in the team's opening drive and then rumbling for a 75-yard touchdown in the team's second possession. Tevin Coleman, when healthy, has been a talented enough complement to Freeman to prevent dominance like Freeman displayed early last year. He's still managed seven games with at least 100 total yards this season - including thrice in the last five weeks.

Tyson Jackson
News
Jackson racked up 31 tackles in 16 games for the Falcons in 2015.

This is the second consecutive season that Jackson has been sackless. He was never a dominant pass rusher with the Chiefs, but he did have seven combined sacks in his final two years in Kansas City. He still has three years left on his contract, but the Falcons will likely need to see a little more out of Jackson if he wants to stay on the roster for three more years.

Sean Weatherspoon
News
Weatherspoon (achilles) has been placed on the injured reserve.

Weatherspoon was placed on the injured reserve after rupturing his right achilles in Week 4's win over Carolina. The Falcons have signed AJ Hawk to attempt to fill Weatherspoon's shoes at linebacker.

Injury
Achilles - Injured Reserve
Justin Hardy
News
Hardy reeled in four of seven targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Saints.

It was Hardy's first four-catch game of the season and just his second touchdown since Week 3. The young receiver had entered Sunday's game with just one game with more than two catches in his previous nine outings. Those days are not likely behind him. Hardy's uptick can rather easily be attributed to Taylor Gabriel, an unexpected star of Atlanta's season, sitting out with a foot injury. With Gabriel likely to return to practice this week, expect Hardy's production to settle back down.

Nick Williams
News
Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's matchup with Carolina.

Williams missed last week's game due to a concussion but was able to practice the past few days and was cleared to play this week. However, with Julio Jones (toe) returning from injury, Williams was the odd man out at the bottom of the receiver depth chart.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for NFC Championship Game
Akeem King
News
King recorded one tackle in five games of limited work in his rookie season.

The Falcons have a crowded secondary, and it's likely that King will need to make his presence felt on special teams if he wants to secure a roster spot for years to come.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
C.J. Goodwin
News
Goodwin (hamstring) was a full participant at Falcons' practice Friday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Goodwin was limited in practices the prior two days, so he appears to be trending in the right direction for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Sharrod Neasman
No Updates
Matt Ryan
News
Ryan completed 27 of 36 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Ryan came out gunning early, capping his MVP campaign with four touchdowns to four different receivers in the first half. In the final quarter of the season, he's thrown 11 touchdowns without a pick. A pessimist could point to the sub-par competition he's faced in such games, but Ryan has generally stepped up when Atlanta's competition has been the stiffest. In Atlanta's four games against teams that made the playoff field, Ryan completed 71 percent of his passes, averaged 329 yards per game and posted a 10:3 touchdown:interception ratio.

Julio Jones
News
Head coach Dan Quinn told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com after Saturday's win against the Seahawks that Jones aggravated his toe injury.

During the stretch run of the regular season, Jones was initially diagnosed with turf toe, which kept him sidelined in Weeks 14 and 15. In the midst of his recovery, though, Quinn reiterated that Jones was in fact dealing with a sprained toe. Although Jones has fared well in three subsequent appearances -- 17 receptions (on 24 targets) for 223 yards and two touchdowns -- he may have a hill to climb in order to suit up for the NFC championship game.

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Matt Bosher
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Bosher (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's tilt with the Cardinals.

Bosher was able to practice in full on Friday but the team will ultimately go with recent addition Matt Wile instead. Look for more updates on his hamstring aliment to come next week.

Dwight Freeney
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Freeney (quad) is active for Sunday's matchup in Philadelphia.

Freeney missed Wednesday's practice, but returned on a limited basis Thursday, and followed that up with a full session Friday. His IDP value may be hindered by limited usage, however, as Freeney hasn't seen more than 30 snaps since Week 5 against Denver, nor has he recorded a sack since then.

Vic Beasley
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Beasley (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Beasley hurt his shoulder during the regular season finale but was able to play the entire game and further testing Monday revealed no significant injuries. He's fully expected to play in Saturday's playoff game against the Seahawks.

Josh Harris
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Steelers running backs Josh Harris and Ben Tate were able to find little running room in Saturday's 30-17 loss to Baltimore. Harris ran nine times for 25 yards while Tate had five carries for 19 yards.

As a team, Pittsburgh managed just 68 yards on 19 carries in relief of star running back Le'Veon Bell, who missed Saturday's game with a knee injury.

Patrick DiMarco
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DiMarco (shoulder) fully participated in Friday's practice.

DiMarco was limited in previous practices throughout the week, but was able to get a full one in Friday. He has no injury status listed for Sunday's matchup with the Chargers, so he should be expected to take the field.

Aldrick Robinson
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Robinson caught two passes for 36 yards in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Robinson's production slipped in the past two weeks after going off for 111 yards in Week 15, but he may be called upon to play a bigger role in the playoffs should the Falcons go up against a formidable Seattle pass defense in the divisional round. If whoever the Falcons play make it a point to double team Julio Jones, secondary receivers are going to need to step up.

Matt Bryant
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Bryant made a 22-yard field goal and all five extra point attempts in Sunday's win over the Saints.

The 41-year-old kicker has been a model of consistency throughout the season, connecting on 34 of 37 field goal attempts and knocking through all but one of his 57 extra point attempts. He'll be kicking in a dome throughout the playoffs, whether those games be in Atlanta, Dallas or Houston, and with Atlanta's high-powered offense, Bryant has to be considered one of the best kicking options in the playoffs.

 
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