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Falcons Kicker Matt Bryant to Test Out Sore Hamstring on Thursday

Falcons place-kicker Matt Bryant is set to test his sore right hamstring on Thursday, coach Dan Quinn said on Monday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“I think it treated him well, the reason that I say that is that he’s making a turn for the better,” Quinn said of Bryant getting some rest over the bye week. “We are not going to rule him out this week.”

Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio was named the NFC’s special teams player of the week last week after making field goals of 40, 50 and 56 yards in the 23-20 win over the New York Giants on Oct. 22 before the break in place of Bryant.

Bryant suffered a strained hamstring against Tampa Bay.

“We’ll see where it goes through Thursday afternoon,” Quinn said. “That’s usually the day that he gets most of the kicking. Until we have a better sense for that.”

Falcons Place Running Back Devonta Freeman on IR with Foot Injuries

A tough season for running back Devonta Freeman got even worse on Tuesday, as the team announced he will be placed on injured reserve after sustaining foot and groin injuries against the Steelers.

“Following the game against Pittsburgh, where Devonta injured his foot, we thought he was just having general soreness in his groin area,” said Falcons coach Dan Quinn. “As the week went on it continued so we decided to have him get some tests. It has been determined that he will need a procedure that will result in us placing him on injured reserve. We are hopeful he will be able to return this season, but we will have a better feel for that in the coming weeks.”

In his two games played this season, Freeman carried the ball 14 times for 68 yards and caught five passes for 23 yards.

During his five-year career with the Falcons, Freeman has gained 3,316 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns on 767 carries. He has also caught 198 passes for 1,605 yards and seven touchdowns.

Falcons Kicker Matt Bryant Suffering From a Strained Hamstring

The injury-ravaged Falcons absorbed another blow on Monday when head coach Dan Quinn announced veteran kicker Matt Bryant would miss the team’s Week 7 game against the New York Giants with a strained hamstring according to Kelsey Conway of

The injury seemed to happen when Bryant successfully kicked a 57-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter in a game the Falcons held on to win 34-29 over the Buccaneers. The 43-year-old Bryant could be seem limping on the sidelines afterwards and later headed into the locker room early accompanied by trainers. Former Oakland Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio is the favorite to replace Bryant against the Giants next Monday. The Falcons are on bye in Week 8 so Bryant will hopefully be able to return with a couple of weeks rest. The 17-year veteran has been the Falcons placekicker since 2009.

Buccaneers vs Falcons NFL Week Six Inactives

Here’s the inactives for today’s Bucs and Falcons Week 6 matchups


OG Alex Cappa
CB Carlton Davis
QB Ryan Griffin
OG Michael Liedtke
DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches
DE Noah Spence
RB Shaun Wilson


RB Devonta Freeman
OT Matt Gono
RB Brian Hill
DT Grady Jarrett
OG Zac Kerin
DE Derrick Shelby
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson

Week Five Falcons vs Steelers Inactives

Here’s today’s inactives for the Falcons at Steelers matchup at Heniz Field.


CB Justin Bethel
OT Matt Gono
RB Brian Hill
DT Grady Jarrett
OG Zac Kerin
DE Derrick Shelby
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson


S Marcus Allen
OT Zach Banner
S Morgan Burnett
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
QB Mason Rudolph
DE Leterrius Walton
LB Vince Williams

Devonta Freeman Will Play Sunday vs Steelers Says Falcons Coach Dan Quinn

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn confirmed Thursday that running back Devonta Freeman will suit up for the Week 5 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.

Freeman has missed the last three games recovering from a knee injury but has said he feels “good” and “explosive”. It is possible the Falcons keep him on somewhat of a pitch count with Freeman as the 1A RB to Tevin Coleman’s 1B and there are concerns that the knee injury could be an issue all season.

But with the Falcons sitting at 1-3 despite a potent offense and desperately in need a win to keep from falling out of contention in the very competitive NFC South even this early in the season, they need Freeman on the field for whatever reps he can give them.

Falcons Coach Dan Quinn Not Happy with the Noise from Team’s DJ During Sunday’s Loss

The communications on defense against the Bengals was so bad than Falcons coach Dan Quinn ordered the team’s DJ to lower the music at practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Two players were playing different coverages when the Bengals scored touchdowns by Tyler Eifert and John Ross in the 37-36 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.

“On both occasions, that was Falcons beating Falcons,” Quinn said. “So, that is as difficult as it gets. You generally haven’t seen a lot of that from us where we bust a coverage and miscommunicate to cause an explosive play.”

With safety Ricardo Allen out, the secondary struggle. He was the made signal caller for the back end of the defense.

The Falcons calls are relayed from the coaches to the players and then is spread around the defense individually. Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell has the green dot helmet and has sideline communications with the coaches.

“We had our DJ turn the music down some this week in practice so that we can clearly hear some of our communications,” Quinn said. “It was more of an emphasis for us in every single spot that we could look for it, hear it and acknowledge it.

“It starts in the classroom from player to player. Then from a coaching side, I wanted the coaches to the side. I want to hear the players talk.”

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