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Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Georgia Dome | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense3rd110.0 (9th)302.0 (3rd)
Defense27th100.8 (15th)280.8 (32nd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
23Alford, Robert CB5-1018611/1/19884Southeastern Louisiana
37Allen, Ricardo FS5-918612/18/19912Purdue
95Babineaux, Jonathan NT6-230010/12/198112Iowa
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
 Goodman, Malliciah DE6-42761/4/19905Clemson
29Goodwin, C.J. CB6-32202/4/19901California (PA)
 Graf, Kevin T6-63096/17/1991RUSC
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
36Ishmael, Kemal SS6-02065/6/19914Central Florida
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
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 LB6-124011/3/19904Virginia
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
27Therezie, Robenson FS5-92128/5/19912Auburn
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
55Worrilow, Paul MLB6-02305/1/19904Delaware
25Wreh-Wilson, Blidi DB6-119812/5/19894Connecticut
Injured Players
87Fuller, Devin (IR) WR6-01941/29/1994RUCLA
33Howard, Travis (IR) CB6-120011/24/19892Ohio State
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
 Keyes, Josh LB6-22231/23/19932Boston College
85McKissic, J.D. WR5-101878/15/1993RArkansas State
 Muir, Blake G6-63155/10/1991RBaylor
 Pressley, Jhurrell RB5-102065/20/1992RNew Mexico
4Simms, Matt QB6-32109/27/19884Tennessee
86Tialavea, D.J. TE6-42607/27/19913Utah State
 Vellano, Joe DT6-230010/30/19882Maryland
15Williams, Nick WR5-1018411/23/19903Connecticut
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Atlanta6-4304.66-2290.726.92141
 
 
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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
Head coach Dan Quinn told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com on Wednesday that Sanu (groin) likely won't suit up Sunday at Los Angeles.

Sanu was a mere onlooker at Wednesday's practice, only catching passes on the side, which equated to no practice on the Falcons' first injury report of the week. There's no telling if Sanu will buck Quinn's assessment and participate in one (or both) of the remaining sessions this week. If not, Sanu could be ruled out before week's end, thereby ensuring Taylor Gabriel is the nominal No. 2 wideout behind Julio Jones, assuming the latter plays through his bout with turf toe.

Injury
Groin - Questionable for Week 14 at L.A. Rams
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.

Josh Keyes
News
Keyes was released from the Bucs' practice squad Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Keyes' yo-yo season continues, with the second-year linebacker now having seen two stints apiece on the practice squad and active roster for the Bucs. Given his familiarity with the team's system, it wouldn't be surprising to see Keyes on speed dial should the team need some reinforcements at linebacker at some point.

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
D.J. Tialavea
News
The Falcons have announced the signing of running back Michael Ford and tight end DJ Tialavea. They have also waived/injured tight end Beau Gardner and released wide receiver Freddie Martino.

Ford earned some playing time on special teams for Chicago in 2013. Tialavea played on the Buffalo practice squad a year ago.

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 forced a fumble and posted eight tackles Sunday against the Eagles.

Neal is up to four forced fumbles on the season, and he's also recorded at least eight tackles in every game since Week 1. He's now averaging eight tackles per contest, and along with his big-play ability, he's an outstanding option at safety in IDP leagues.

Austin Hooper
News
Hooper was held without a target in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.

The Falcons only targeted their tight ends once on the day, severely limiting Hooper or Levine Toilolo's value. Even in deep leagues, there should be better tight end options on the waiver wire than either of the options in Atlanta at this point.

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.

Malliciah Goodman
News
Goodman was released by the Seahawks on Tuesday.

The Seahawks swapped defensive ends on Tuesday, as they brought in Damontre Moore to replace Goodman. The 26-year-old failed to record a stat in Sunday's loss to the Saints, the only game he played in all season.

Adrian Clayborn
News
Clayborn (knee) has been ruled out Sunday against the Chiefs.

Clayborn did not practice all week due to torn MCL and meniscus. He is expected to undergo surgery but the team is hopeful he will be able to return before the end of the season. Look for Brooks Reed and Dwight Freeney to see increased reps in Clayborn's absence.

Injury
Knee - Out for Week 14 at L.A. Rams
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 picked off two passes, one of which he returned for a touchdown, and posted three tackles Sunday against the Panthers.

The interceptions were the first two on the year for Alford, leaving him the fourth-year cornerback one short of his career high. However, this was the second time in the last two years that he's taken one of those picks to the house. In addition, he's averaging 5.25 tackles per game which puts him on pace for a career-high in that category. Based on the numbers he's posted in three-plus years in the league, he isn't likely to post big enough numbers to be rostered in most IDP leagues.

Levine Toilolo
News
Toilolo caught one ball for 42 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.

Toilolo only saw one target on the day, so although Jacob Tamme is out for the year with a shoulder injury, it doesn't appear that Toilolo will receive a big uptick in looks from quarterback Matt Ryan. He has much more real-world value than he does in the fantasy world at this point in the season.

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.

J.D. McKissic
No Updates
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.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 14 at L.A. Rams
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 ran 12 times for 49 yards in Sunday's 29-28 loss to the Chiefs.

Coleman averaged a miserable 1.1 yards per carry in his return to the field last week, but he managed a much more respectable performance this time around as he equaled his season high in attempts. Devonta Freeman touched the ball 19 times in this one, including a pair of one-yard scores, so he clearly seems to have the edge in this timeshare of sorts. That said, there is room for Coleman to produce in Atlanta's fast-paced offense and he should be in line for a similar workload next week against the Rams, who have proven susceptible to strong rushing attacks this year.

Taylor Gabriel
News
Gabriel caught five balls for 44 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.

Gabriel's value has increased of late, as he's seen at least five targets in each of the last four games, and he's scored three touchdowns during that stretch. He could earn an even bigger share of targets if Julio Jones is forced to miss time with a toe injury.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson
News
The Falcons signed Wreh-Wilson on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the team's official site reports.

Wreh-Wilson has been biding his time on the free-agent market since his release from the Titans near the end of the preseason slate. The move to sign Wreh-Wilson was necessitated by the placement of Falcons cornerback Desomond Trufant (pectoral) on injured reserve.

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
Head coach Dan Quinn is hopeful Collins will be able to play in Thurday's matchup with the Buccaneers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

Collins was inactive for Sunday's win over the Packers for an undisclosed reason. However, the Falcons seem optimistic regarding his status for Thursday. The 23-year-old figures to provide depth in the secondary if he can take the field.

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 is inactive for Sunday's game at the Raiders.

Perkins' absence projects as a coach's decision, but more updates are likely to come in the next couple of days.

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 (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 13 tilt with the Chiefs.

Ward had picked up 15 carries over a three-week span, but he didn't see the field in last Sunday's win over the Cardinals and will be out of the mix again in Week 13. So long as both Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are healthy, it doesn't look as though Ward will be active in any of the final four games.

Wes Schweitzer
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 (foot) will play Thursday against the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Levitre was able to practice in full on Wednesday despite dealing with a minor knee issue, which won't be severe enough to keep him sidelined for the Falcons' Week 9 matchup. He figures to get the start at left guard per usual.

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.

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 racked up 10 total tackles (four solo) in Sunday's win over the Broncos.

He also had a pass defensed on the day. Ishmael has been a reliable tackle option for the Falcons, averaging eight tackles a game this season. He has 10 more tackles than anyone else on the defense so far this season.

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 - Injured Reserve
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 (ankle) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.

Jones returned to the field in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks after a four game absence, and recorded three tackles in the process. He appears to have not suffered any type of setback, as he was able to practice in full on Wednesday.

Jake Matthews
News
Although Matthews sprained his left knee during Sunday's game against the Chiefs, head coach Dan Quinn relayed he's hopeful the lineman will return to practice Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Even if he is able to practice this week, Matthews isn't a lock to play Sunday against the Rams.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 14 at L.A. Rams
Devonta Freeman
News
Freeman carried 15 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 29-28 loss to the Chiefs. He also caught four of five targets for an additional 49 yards.

Freeman opened the scoring with a one-yard plunge in the first quarter and repeated the feat again in the fourth for his second consecutive two-touchdown performance. He was held to 3.7 yards per carry but was able to produce his second-best receiving yardage output of the season to top 100 scrimmage yards for the fifth time. Freeman should remain a solid fantasy play next week when the Falcons travel to take on a Rams team that has been susceptible to strong running back play this season.

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 caught one ball for five yards in Sunday's loss to Kansas City.

The good news is that his seven targets over the past two games marks the most of any two-game stretch in 2016, but it seems that Taylor Gabriel has passed Hardy on the depth chart, making him the third or fourth option in Atlanta's passing attack. If Julio Jones is sidelined with his turf toe injury, Hardy could be in line for more targets, but for now he'll struggle to earn looks in the potent offense.

Nick Williams
News
Williams was released by the Falcons on Sunday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Williams participated in 14 games for the Falcons during his 2015 campaign, posting 17 receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He was expected to be a bit buried on the wide receiver depth chart heading into the upcoming regular season and with the Falcons picking up fellow wide receiver Taylor Gabriel off of waivers on Sunday, Williams became expendable and was released. He'll head to the free agent market and could get some looks considering he's just 25 years old.

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
Robenson Therezie
No Updates
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 22 of 34 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He also added 23 yards on three carries in the 29-28 loss.

Although he was held down for much of the day, Ryan put his team in a position to win the game when his only touchdown pass came late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Falcons elected to go for two after the score and Ryan's pass attempt was intercepted by Eric Berry, who ran it all the way back for a pick-two that ultimately decided the outcome of the game. Ryan has now been held under 300 yards passing in five of his last six games and has just four touchdowns compared to three interceptions over the last three. He will look to bounce back next week against the Rams.

Julio Jones
News
Head coach Dan Quinn said Jones (toe) won't take part in Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Turf toe is not to be trifled with, so Jones' lack of practice reps to kick off Week 14 prep isn't unexpected. Due to his established rapport with Matt Ryan, Jones doesn't necessarily need to practice in order to be ready for game day. Although his status will continue to be watched closely as the weekend draws closer, Jones may focus entirely on his rehab rather than risk a potential setback on the practice field.

Injury
Toe - Questionable for Week 14 at L.A. Rams
Matt Bosher
News
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
News
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
News
Beasley racked up two sacks, a forced fumble and four tackles Sunday against the Eagles.

Beasley now has three multi-sack performances on the season, which puts him at 9.5 on the year. However, since starting the season a bit slowly, he's notched 8.5 of his sacks in the last six games, and he's been an elite IDP performer during that time. It wouldn't a surprise if he's a top-five option at linebacker for the remainder of the campaign.

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 balls for 18 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Kansas City.

The touchdown helped save Robinson's stat line from mediocrity, as only three of the 32 passes thrown by Matt Ryan were in his direction. He'd get a boost in value if Julio Jones is sidelined with a turf toe condition, but for now he remains a tertiary option at best in the passing attack.

Matt Bryant
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Bryant connected on three field goals and an extra point in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.

Two of his field goals were 22-yard chip shots, but the 59-yard kick at the end of the half was impressive. He doesn't have the luxury of kicking in a dome in Week 14 now that the Rams moved out west, but a match up against the lowly Rams is still pretty favorable.

 

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