OAKLAND, Calif. - DeAngelo Hall is quickly becoming an old pro at handling off-field turmoil in the NFL.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons can only hope nose tackle Grady Jackson and strong safety Lawyer Milloy are eligible to play at Oakland this weekend.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons rookie offensive tackle Sam Baker will have surgery on his lower back on Thursday, leaving his status for the rest of the season uncertain.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Wayne Gandy is back for a second stint with the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons put their 24-hour rule into effect Monday, which meant no more fretting about that loss in Philadelphia. Besides, they've got other things to worry about.
Besides, they've got other things to worry about.
PHILADELPHIA - Matt Ryan would love to stick around Philadelphia to catch a World Series game Sunday, but he's got a job to do.
PHILADELPHIA - Brian Westbrook's name popped up more in the Eagles' injuries reports lately than the postgame stat sheet.
FLOWERY BRANCH - It took Jamaal Anderson, the NFL's No. 8 overall draft pick last year, 22 games to get his first career sack for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Jason Elam never misses a chance to watch Tiger Woods.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons' mix of rookies and holdovers were not expected to have success on offense in 2008.
FLOWERY BRANCH - There's the youthful-looking general manager, who could pass for a ballboy with his spiked hair and faint attempts at growing a mustache.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Earning a spot on the Atlanta Falcons' 53-man roster gave Brian Finneran a great sense of accomplishment.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan had just pulled off an improbable comeback when someone questioned his credentials.
ATLANTA - Jason Elam stood on the sideline with head bowed, figuring he had cost the Atlanta Falcons a win.
ATLANTA - Kyle Orton's gaudy passing day last week didn't distract the Atlanta Falcons.
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LAWRENCEVILLE- The Atlanta Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo on Friday, shortly after he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Devonta Freeman believes he is next in line to be the Falcons' starting running back.
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