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Falcons' De'Vondre Campbell: Ready to go against Dallas
Campbell (calf) was a full participant for Friday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The Falcons' stalwart at linebacker appears to be ready to roll for a crucial NFC clash against Dallas and the NFL's No. 5 rushing attack. Campbell has started every single game for Atlanta in 2018 -- only Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford have played more defensive snaps -- and he leads the team with 49 tackles.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Jack Crawford: Preparing to face former team
Crawford will be taking on his former team when the Falcons host the Cowboys on Sunday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The 290-pound defensive tackle is in the midst of a stellar season, already having tied career-highs in sacks (four) and quarterback hits (six) with nearly half of the regular-season slate remaining. The Falcons were held without a sack in Week 10, but the outing prior Crawford claimed two of Atlanta's three sacks against Washington. Now comes a matchup with "America's Team." Crawford has spent more time in Dallas than any other city during his seven-year career, with 38 of 70 appearances and 12 of 16 starts coming in a Cowboys uniform. Sunday he'll have a chance to feast against his former team, facing an offensive line that's allowed the third-most sacks in 2018.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Derrick Shelby: Cleared to face Cowboys
Shelby (groin) doesn't carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Cowboys, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Shelby didn't practice Wednesday but was able to practice in a limited capacity Thursday and Friday. The Utah product has played in each of the Falcons' last three games after missing the previous four. In last week's contest against the Browns, Shelby logged four tackles (three solo) over 25 defensive snaps.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mohamed Sanu: Cleared to play
Sanu (hip) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
After being limited at practice Wednesday and Thursday, Sanu progressed to full participation Friday, thus paving the way for him to remain available this weekend. The presence of fellow receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley limits Sanu's fantasy ceiling to a degree, but he's been serviceable of late in PPR formats in his slot role. Sanu has logged 10 catches for 92 yards on 13 targets over his last two outings.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Deion Jones: Sidelined for Week 11
Coach Dan Quinn said that Jones (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The Falcons' decision to activate Jones from injured reserve Monday seemed to suggest the linebacker was on track to play in Week 11. However, after evaluating Jones during the Falcons' three practices this week, Quinn and the Atlanta training staff determined the 24-year-old could benefit from some more time to get up to speed following foot surgery. There's been no indication that Jones suffered any setbacks since being activated from IR, so he should have a decent shot at playing for the first time since the season opener in the Falcons' Thursday night showdown with the Saints in Week 12.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Giorgio Tavecchio: Loses job, but sticks on roster
Tavecchio will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Cowboys but will remain on the Falcons' 53-man roster for the time being, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Matt Bryant (hamstring) has been cleared to return from a three-game absence and will reprise his usual duties as the Falcons' kicker, but the team apparently wants to see the veteran in a game setting again before moving on from Tavecchio. Should Bryant suffer a setback Sunday, Tavecchio would represent a good insurance policy after converting all five of his field-goal attempts and all eight of his extra-point tries while Bryant was sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Matt Bryant: Cleared to play Week 11
Bryant (hamstring) will handle the kicking duties for the Falcons in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Bryant made it through a full practice Thursday without any setbacks, allowing him to end his streak of absences at three games. He's immediately worthy of consideration in fantasy lineups, given his strong track record in terms of both kicking accuracy and distance in addition to his place on a high-scoring team. Giorgio Tavecchio filled in admirably while Bryant was sidelined and is expected to remain on the roster through the weekend in the event Bryant suffers a recurrence of the hamstring issue Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Deion Jones: Limited again Thursday
Jones (foot) was limited in practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Although Jones was activated from injured reserve Monday, the Falcons will take a cautious approach with the linebacker before clearing him for game action. As evidence, coach Dan Quinn wants Jones' foot to be 100 percent before doing so, according to Kelsey Conway of the team's official site. With back-to-back limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday, Jones may not be there yet. One way or another, Friday's injury report could confirm as much.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Matt Bryant: Full practice participant Thursday
Bryant (hamstring) practiced in full Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Prior to the session, coach Dan Quinn said Bryant was slated to kick, per Jason Butt of The Athletic. Bryant proceeded to do so, but the Falcons may exercise caution with the 43-year-old before making a final decision on the placekicker for Sunday's game versus the Cowboys. If Bryant gets the all-clear, the Falcons may waive his fill-in (Georgio Tavecchio) to shore up other positions on the roster.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mohamed Sanu: Limited again Thursday
Sanu (hip) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Sanu has maintained the same activity level in practice this week, but the hip issue in question hasn't impacted his ability to play on gameday this season. Aside from a two-game stretch Weeks 4 and 5 in which he hauled in 10 of 16 passes for 184 yards and one touchdown, he accounted for 24 catches for 232 yards and two TDs in the Falcons' seven other contests.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Robert Alford: Struggling in coverage
Alford collected five tackles during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns.
The sixth-year defensive back has dealt with an ankle injury for the past two weeks, but his level of play overall this season has been well below par. Alford owns a season-long performance grade of 48.5 from Pro Football Focus, a career low for him, and easily the worst of any of the Falcons' top four cornerbacks. After Atlanta got diced up by Baker Mayfield on Sunday (85 percent completion rate, three passing touchdowns), Alford and the Falcons secondary look to get back on track in Week 11 facing Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' bottom five pass offense (194 yards per game).... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Deion Jones: Drawing closer to return
Coach Dan Quinn said the team will ensure Jones (foot) is "100 percent" before clearing him to return to game action, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
After he was activated from injured reserve Monday, Jones was included on Wednesday's injury report, which listed him as a limited participation, per Will McFadden of the team's official site. Quinn's comment seems to indicate this listing will have to change from "limited" to "full" for Jones to be available on gameday. Only time will tell if this is the case, but Jones' first opportunity to return arrives Sunday against the Cowboys.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Matt Bryant: No practice Wednesday
Bryant (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Bryant has missed three consecutive games due to a lingering hamstring issue and his absence from Wednesday's practice leaves his availability for Week 11 against the Cowboys in question. If the veteran kicker is unable to suit up Sunday, Giorgio Tavecchio -- who has yet to miss a kick in his three games with the team -- will continue to serve as Bryant's replacement.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Derrick Shelby: Not practicing Wednesday
Shelby (groin) did not practice Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Shelby was able to suit up during Atlanta's loss to the Browns in Week 10 despite being listed as questionable due to a groin issue, and still appears to be managing his recovery. It remains to be seen whether the 29-year-old will play against the Cowboys on Sunday. If Shelby is unable to go, Steven Means will serve as the primary backup to Vic Beasley.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mohamed Sanu: Shows up on injury report again
Sanu (hip) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Sanu has become a consistent presence on the injury report thanks to the hip issue, but he's played at least 33 snaps in every game this season, including a season-high 70 during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns. His expanded workload (eight targets) was largely a product of the Falcons playing from behind, though Calvin Ridley (five targets on 53 snaps) didn't benefit in the same way. A Week 11 matchup with the Cowboys appears less than optimal, as only the Lions have given up fewer receptions (96) to wide receivers this season.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Marvin Hall: Targeted once in loss
Hall caught his only target, a 12-yard gain, during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.
Just three games ago, Hall appeared to turn a corner with a 63-yard performance and just his second career touchdown. Unfortunately, he has just one catch since. Atlanta's passing offense is among the best in the game, but Hall doesn't factor much into it. Seeing as Sunday brings a visit from a top-10 Dallas pass defense, Hall's stock remains low.... See More ... See Less
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