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Vick begins prison term

RICHMOND, Va. - Michael Vick got a head start on a possible long prison stretch Monday, surrendering three weeks before he was to be sentenced for his involvement in a bloody dogfighting ring.

November 24, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Petrino left with another QB decision

ATLANTA - Joey Harrington was sixth in the NFC in completion percentage and had led the Atlanta Falcons to two straight wins when he was benched by coach Bobby Petrino for the start of Sunday's 31-7 loss to Tampa Bay.

November 24, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Leftwich starts, Falcons struggle in 31-7 loss to Tampa Bay

ATLANTA - Tampa Bay seized control of the weak NFC South with one of its trademark defensive showings.

As for the Atlanta Falcons, it's back to the drawing board at quarterback in the post-Michael Vick era.

November 23, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons notebook: Fans chant for former starter in midst of game

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons face a short practice week before playing host to Indianapolis on Thursday night, and that leaves little time for coach Bobby Petrino to pick a starting quarterback.

November 23, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Dunn shows he's big enough to rush for 10,000 yards

ATLANTA - Take that, all those folks who thought Warrick Dunn was too small to play in the NFL, who figured he would last no more than a year or two before they ran him out of the league - probably on a stretcher.

November 21, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Notebook: Robinson gives Falcons alternatives at WR

FLOWERY BRANCH - Laurent Robinson wishes it weren't the case, but he knows every rookie makes mistakes.

November 21, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Leftwich's status still uncertain

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino still doesn't know if Byron Leftwich or Joey Harrington will start at quarterback against Tampa Bay.

Leftwich and Harrington split the number of practice snaps taken by the No. 1 offense Thursday.

November 19, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons go with Leftwich after winning two straight with Harrington

FLOWERY BRANCH - Even though Joey Harrington led Atlanta to two straight victories, Byron Leftwich remains the No. 1 quarterback for the Falcons.

Coach Bobby Petrino made it clear Wednesday that Leftwich will reclaim the starting spot as soon as he's healthy - a stand that caught Harrington off guard.

November 18, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Back-to-back wins put Falcons back in NFC South race

FLOWERY BRANCH - Through seven games, it appeared the Atlanta Falcons were bound for one of the worst seasons in franchise history, and loud complaints were coming from players and fans.

November 17, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Crumpler's late TD lifts Falcons to ugly win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Joey Harrington was briefly knocked out of the game, completed a pass to himself and was face down on the winning score. Vinny Testaverde limped around, unable to will his soon-to-be 44-year-old body to a touchdown drive.

In an ugly day of football in the weak NFC South, Harrington's will to stay in the pocket was the difference.

November 16, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Panthers look for rare home win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mike Rucker's alarm will go off at 7 a.m. today. An hour later, the Carolina Panthers' defensive end will eat some spaghetti with chicken. He'll then drive to the stadium and arrive exactly three hours before kickoff.

Convinced that consistency is important, Rucker's gameday schedule hasn't changed for years. Everything is timed to the minute, from when he puts on his pads to his pregame workout.

November 14, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons notebook: Norwood's status uncertain

FLOWERY BRANCH - Jerious Norwood practiced Friday for the first time this week, but the Atlanta Falcons are unsure if the second-year running back will play at Carolina.

November 14, 2007 | | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' Boley focuses on son

FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Boley has bigger concerns than his next contract.

As one of the NFL's best young linebackers in his third year with the Atlanta Falcons, Boley seems destined for a lucrative deal.

November 14, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Dunn moves closer to 10,000 yards

FLOWERY BRANCH - Before breaking out with his first 100-yard rushing game in more than a year last week, Warrick Dunn appeared on the verge of yielding first-string honors in Atlanta to Jerious Norwood.

Instead, Dunn solidified his starting status with 27 carries for 100 yards in a win over San Francisco. He also moved closer to 10,000 yards for his career. Dunn didn't have to be reminded Wednesday of his career total.

November 11, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Babineaux cleared of animal cruelty charges

FLOWERY BRANCH - Jonathan Babineaux expressed relief on Wednesday after he was cleared of a felony animal cruelty charge that could have sent the Atlanta Falcons' defensive tackle to prison.

"I'm just happy the whole situation is over with," Babineaux said. "It's been a long process. I've been waiting it out and it's finally over."

November 11, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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Final preseason game a chance for Falcons to shore up offensive line

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars had few, if any, concerns at center for a dozen years.

August 27, 2014 | By Chuck Long Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


RB Jackson makes return to Falcons practice

Steven Jackson practiced on Monday for the first time in almost a month, and Falcons coach Mike Smith said the running back is on schedule to be play in Atlanta's season opener against New Orleans.

August 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons place Johnson on injured reserve, make roster cuts

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Mike Johnson will miss another season after going down with a foot injury.

August 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Ryan throws pair of TDs for Falcons in 24-17 preseason loss to Titans

ATLANTA - The Falcons finally showed how they plan to replace Tony Gonzalez.

August 23, 2014 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Hester looking for Falcons' rebound against Titans

ATLANTA - From his vantage point in Chicago, Devin Hester saw the Atlanta Falcons as a consistent playoff contender.

August 23, 2014 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons linebackers Worrilow, Bartu embrace roles

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has put a strong emphasis since the start of training camp on improving the team's run defense.

August 20, 2014 | BY GEORGE HENRY Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' Peters relieved to be back in practice

Corey Peters battled doubts about his future in the NFL after he tore his Achilles tendon late last season.

August 19, 2014 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons shift Matthews to left tackle for Baker

When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jake Matthews, they figured he would take over at left tackle someday.

August 18, 2014 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons lose LT Baker for entire season

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons' revamped offensive line took a major setback Sunday when left tackle Sam Baker was ruled out for the year after injuring his right knee in a preseason game.

August 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' line takes a hit with Baker injury

HOUSTON - The Atlanta Falcons' focus this offseason was to improve an offensive line that was among the worst in the league last year.

August 17, 2014 | By Chris Duncan Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Texans, with Watt and Clowney, await Falcons

HOUSTON - J.J. Watt feels as if he gets asked about playing with Jadeveon Clowney every day.

August 15, 2014 | By Chris Duncan Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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