Atlanta Falcons


Family, friends fondly remember the first Falcon, Tommy Nobis

Someone had to be the first Falcon, the Adam in the Genesis story of professional football in the South, at a time when Atlanta certainly was no earthly paradise for a middle linebacker. Someone had to show a city how this NFL game was supposed to be played, to be the hammer in the otherwise empty new tool belt. Someone had to distinguish himself in an undistinguished time.  That man was Tommy...



Tommy Nobis, ‘Mr. Falcon,’ is dead at 74

Tommy Nobis, ‘Mr. Falcon,’ is dead at 74

Tommy Nobis, “Mr. Falcon,” has died at the age of 74. Nobis died Wednesday morning at home with his wife at his side, after an extended illness, the Atlanta Falcons confirmed.  Nobis was Atlanta’s No. 1 pick in the NFL draft and No. 5 choice in the AFL in December 1965. He played his college ball at Texas.  Nobis is one of college football’s all-time greatest...
Deion Jones named NFC defensive player of the week 

Deion Jones named NFC defensive player of the week 

Falcons linebacker Deion Jones, who had a game-saving interception and 17 tackles in the 20-17 win over the New Orleans Saints, was named the NFC’s defensive player of the week on Wednesday.  The game book had Jones with 13 tackles, but the Falcons’ coaching film review credited him with 17.
Cover 9@9: Is Jameis Winston the next Josh Freeman?

Cover 9@9: Is Jameis Winston the next Josh Freeman?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws a pass during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) Good morning! Welcome to The...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: 5 things to know about the Tampa Bay Bucs 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: 5 things to know about the Tampa Bay Bucs 

What happened to Tampa Bay this season? The Bucs (4-9) were supposed to battle the Falcons (8-5) for supremacy in the NFC South after going 9-7 last season. The Bucs are set to host the Falcons at 8:30 p.m on “Monday Night Football” in what the league thought would be a marquee late-season matchup. But the Bucs have regressed in Jameis Winston’s third season as the starter and now...
Falcons release official depth chart for Bucs’ game 

Falcons release official depth chart for Bucs’ game 

The Falcons released their official depth chart for the Tampa Bay game on Tuesday. The Falcons (8-5) are set to play Tampa Bay (4-9) at 8:30 p.m. on Monday night at Raymond James Stadium. Running back Tevin Coleman remains in the concussion protocol. Terron Ward would slide up to his spot if he can’t make it back in time. Also, left guard Andy Levitre did not practice on Tuesday. Ben Garland...
Falcons are aware of their playoff chances 

Falcons are aware of their playoff chances 

For the defending NFC champion Falcons, their path to the playoffs is simple. Win their remaining games, and they repeat as NFC South division champs. The Falcons (8-5) trail the New Orleans Saints (9-4) and Carolina Panthers (9-4) with three games to play. The Falcons play Tampa Bay (4-9) at 8:30 p.m. Monday at Raymond James Stadium. The Falcons haven’t been dazzling for much of the season...
Dan Quinn: Falcons chasing their ‘best performance’

Dan Quinn: Falcons chasing their ‘best performance’

Coach Dan Quinn put the Falcons through a brisk 35-minute practice Tuesday as they returned from their mini-bye. “What we did as coaches was go back and identify some of the things that we wanted to go emphasized and we did that today,” Quinn said. “There are parts offensively, defensively and special teams that we really wanted to make a move on and see if that part of our game...
Tweetcap of Dan Quinn’s Tuesday Presser: A look ahead to Tampa Bay

Tweetcap of Dan Quinn’s Tuesday Presser: A look ahead to Tampa Bay

Falcons coach Dan Quinn discusses the team’s return to practice on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Dan Quinn addressed the media on Tuesday as the team returned to practice after their mini-bye. He TV-scouted the Tampa Bay and Detroit game on Sunday. Here’s a tweetcap of the day: Coach Quinn: We are chasing our...
Tevin Coleman still in concussion protocol, Andy Levitre out for Falcons 

Tevin Coleman still in concussion protocol, Andy Levitre out for Falcons 

The Falcons returned to practice Tuesday, but running back Tevin Coleman (concussion protocol) was not on the field during the portion of practice that was open to the media. Left guard Andy Levitre (triceps injury) was at practice, but did not have his helmet nor did he participate in drills. Coach Dan Quinn confirmed after practice that Coleman remains in the NFL concussion protocol and that Levitre...
Julio Jones set to move up Falcons’ all-time receptions list  

Julio Jones set to move up Falcons’ all-time receptions list  

Falcons two-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones is four catches away from passing Terance Mathis for second place on the franchise’s all-time time receptions list. Jones, who was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 2011, has 570 catches. Mathis made 573 receptions over eight seasons (1994-2001) with the Falcons. Roddy White is the franchise’s all-time leading receiver with 808...
Video: Here’s how the Falcons can repeat as division champs

Video: Here’s how the Falcons can repeat as division champs

The Falcons finish the regular season with games against division rivals Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Carolina. Win all three and the Falcons will win the NFC South for the second straight year. Here’s a breakdown of the three-game stretch which begins on Monday Night Football Dec. 18 in Tampa.
Leadoff: What were college football’s most watched games this season?

Leadoff: What were college football’s most watched games this season?

The biggest college football game of the season in Atlanta is still to come: the national championship game on Jan. 8. But already, two of the four most watched games of the season have been played here.  The SEC Championship game between Georgia and Auburn on Dec. 2 drew 13.466 million TV viewers across the nation, making it the season’s second most watched game to date, according to figures...
GHSA facing backlash from road teams after decision on state title games

GHSA facing backlash from road teams after decision on state title games

The Georgia High School Association’s decision to move six postponed state-championship football games to high school fields this Friday night is unanimously unpopular among the six teams playing on the road. Rome head coach John Reid called the move ‘a joke.’ Hapeville Charter coach Winston Gordon called it a ‘tragedy.’ Blessed Trinity’s Tim McFarlin said it&rsquo...
Payton’s conduct toward Freeman, officials to be reviewed 

Payton’s conduct toward Freeman, officials to be reviewed 

After the completion of this week’s games, the NFL is set to review the conduct of Saints coach Sean Payton in the Falcons’ 20-17 win on Thursday. Payton gave the choke sign to Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and his conduct toward game officials near the end of the game, which drew an unsportsmanlike penalty with 1:05 to play, will be reviewed. The week will be completed after the...
Injuries cloud the NFC playoff picture

Injuries cloud the NFC playoff picture

A season-altering injury in Philadelphia has created some playoff drama in the NFC. Eagles coach Doug Pederson announced on Monday that quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a torn left ACL against the Rams. “I hate it for the season he’s been having,” Pederson said.  Nick Foles, who’s started 36 games and has a 20-16 record as a starter, will attempt to replace Wentz, who...
NFL playoff forecast: Falcons will make it as last seed

NFL playoff forecast: Falcons will make it as last seed

According to various computer models, updated through 13 games, the Falcons will make the playoffs. These projections include: -- FiveThirtyEight: 65 percent to make the playoffs, 22 percent to win the NFC South. -- The New York Times: 60 percent to make the playoffs, 15 percent to win the division. -- PlayoffStatus: 59 percent to make the playoffs, 15 percent to win the division. Projecting ...
Falcons move back into sixth and final NFC playoff spot

Falcons move back into sixth and final NFC playoff spot

With Jacksonville’s win over Seattle, coupled with the Falcons win over the Saints and a previous win over Seattle, the Falcons, after NFC play this week, are in the sixth and final playoff spot with three games to play. The defending NFC champion Falcons (8-5) hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Seahawks by virtue of their 34-31 win on Nov. 20. The Falcons are one game behind the Panthers...
Ryan plans to shake off 10th lowest passer-rated game of his career 

Ryan plans to shake off 10th lowest passer-rated game of his career 

For the Falcons’ playoff push to really take off, they need the real Matt Ryan to stand up. The reigning most valuable player turned in lowest passer rating in 39 games in the 20-17 win over the Saints on Thursday. The Falcons (8-5) are set to play Tampa Bay at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18 at Raymond James Stadium.  Ryan completed 15 of 27 passes for 221 yards. He threw for one touchdown,...
Army-Navy game rosters feature 21 players from metro Atlanta

Army-Navy game rosters feature 21 players from metro Atlanta

The greatest and longest rivalry in college football will continue on Saturday in Philadelphia, when service academy football teams from Annapolis and West Point meet for the 118th time. It’s cliché, but when Army and Navy battle on the gridiron, you can throw the records out. No other two teams in college football know each other as well as the Midshipmen and Black Knights. That proved...
NFL mum about fining Sean Payton for ‘choke’ gesture 

NFL mum about fining Sean Payton for ‘choke’ gesture 

The NFL is keeping quiet about whether Saints coach Sean Payton will be fined for either his conduct or taunting during the game with the Falcons on Thursday night. An email and a phone call from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution were not immediately returned.  Payton, who was suspended a year during the Bounty-gate scandal, gave Falcons running back Devonta Freeman a ‘choke’ sign...
Matt Bryant’s 1,000-point seals Falcons victory over Saints 

Matt Bryant’s 1,000-point seals Falcons victory over Saints 

It’s almost fitting that Matt Bryant’s 1,000-point as an Atlanta Falcon proved to be a game-winning kick.  With 3:49 left in Thursday night’s contest against the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints, Bryant nailed a 52-yard field goal to give the Falcons a 20-17 lead. His 1,000-point as a member of the franchise turned out to be the final 3 points Atlanta needed to knock off...
4 high school championship games postponed; moved from Atlanta

4 high school championship games postponed; moved from Atlanta

Four of this weekend’s eight GHSA football championship games, the first to be played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, have been postponed because of the winter weather that moved through north Georgia beginning Friday morning. The first two games of the championships, in Class A (private) and AAA, were played Friday as scheduled, but the Class AAAAA final between Warner Robins and Rome, set...
Some playoff suggestions and ranking bowls from 1 to No-Jimbo

Some playoff suggestions and ranking bowls from 1 to No-Jimbo

It’s that time of year again when we ask the question: “Is a Gasparilla Bowl more or less important than a Frisco Bowl?” And, “Wouldn’t the world be a better place without ‘Spuddy Buddy,’ mascot for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl?” And what’s the chance college football can just expand to 16-team playoff and junk all of the bowls except maybe...
Falcons’ Tevin Coleman enters NFL concussion protocol

Falcons’ Tevin Coleman enters NFL concussion protocol

Falcons running back Tevin Coleman is in the NFL’s concussion protocol, coach Dan Quinn said Friday.  He left the game against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night and did not return. “He had a concussion, and he’s in the concussion protocol,” Quinn said. “We’ll let the doctors do their thing. When he’s cleared, we’ll go through the whole...
New Orleans doubles Atlanta in TV ratings for Falcons-Saints game

New Orleans doubles Atlanta in TV ratings for Falcons-Saints game

The Falcons beat the Saints on “Thursday Night Football,” but Atlanta was no match for New Orleans in the TV ratings for the game.  The game, on NBC and NFL Network, drew a 46.1 rating in the New Orleans TV market, more than double the 22.3 rating in the Atlanta market.  The rating is the percentage of households in the markets that watched the game on average.  The Richmond...
Seven teams seeking first title; at least two will get it

Seven teams seeking first title; at least two will get it

11/24/2017, Alpharetta, GA – Coffee wide receiver Marquavious Jefferson (22) runs the ball after catching a pass during the first half of the AAAAAA football quarterfinals against Alpharetta. Coffee meets Lee County for the Class AAAAAA championship Friday night, and the winner will claim its first state title. ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM At least two...
Analytics: Falcons doubled their chances of winning the NFC South

Analytics: Falcons doubled their chances of winning the NFC South

12/07/2017 — Atlanta, GA, – Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones (45) celebrates after incepting the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Thursday, December 7, 2017. The Falcons beat the Saints, 20-7. ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM FLOWERY BRANCH  — With...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Deion Jones paves way to win over Saints 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Deion Jones paves way to win over Saints 

In the 30th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, Falcons linebacker Deion Jones stops by to discuss his game-saving interception in the huge 20-17 win over the New Orleans Saints. On a day when the defense carried the team, Jones was spectacular. He finished with 13 tackles, three tackles for loss a pass breakup and a mighty big interception. Wide receiver Julio Jones, who had a big tackle after...
What the Falcons had to say after their 20-17 win over the Saints 

What the Falcons had to say after their 20-17 win over the Saints 

Here’s what the Falcons had to say after the 20-17 win over the Saints on Thursday: “It’s just a mentality. You’ve got to think, it’s the offensive line and the quarterback, so I’ve got to go out there and make a play.”   “Oh, it was a big win for us, a great team win. The defense played great for us. Offense, we still need to get better.&rdquo...
Defense bails out Ryan, Falcons - and what was Sean Payton thinking?

Defense bails out Ryan, Falcons - and what was Sean Payton thinking?

 Matt Ryan was being escorted out of the locker room to a television interview shortly after the game when he walked past me. “Are you going to the interview room?” I asked. “Not today,” he joked. But he showed up. Consider it one of those postgame, three-interception, near-disasters of an evening that could be laughed off when it was over. The Falcons won a game, somehow...
Deion Jones soars to save the day for the Falcons 

Deion Jones soars to save the day for the Falcons 

  Deion Jones wasn’t sure what his vertical leap was at the NFL scouting combine. “I have absolutely no clue,” Jones said.  He wasn’t sure what it was at his childhood basketball courts in New Orleans, either. But with the game on the line Thursday night, he soared figuratively to the top of the Halo Scoreboard and hauled in a pass from Saints quarterback Drew Brees...
Falcons lean on run game to march over Saints 

Falcons lean on run game to march over Saints 

On an evening where quarterback Matt Ryan didn’t play his best game, the Falcons leaned on the running game to overcome the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints in a prime-time divisional showdown. The Falcons’ tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman combined for 123 yards on 33 carries as Atlanta knocked off New Orleans 20-17 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  While an average of 3.7...
What Dan Quinn had to say after the 20-17 win over the Saints 

What Dan Quinn had to say after the 20-17 win over the Saints 

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say after the Falcons improved to 8-5 with a 20-17 win over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday: Opening Statement: “As a team, we want to thank the fans. The energy tonight was great. We asked for it during the week, and they certainly answered. I hope everyone gets to use the hall pass we put on there, it’s good until noon. Today you&rsquo...
What Matt Ryan had to say about the 20-17 win 

What Matt Ryan had to say about the 20-17 win 

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made several horrible decisions in the 20-17 win over the Saints on Thursday. He completed 15 of 27 passes for 221 yards. He threw for one touchdown but also had three interceptions. He finished with a passer rating of 55.2, which was his lowest in 39 games.  He had a 55.1 passer rating in a 25-19 win over Washington on Oct. 11, 2015. He completed 24 of 42 passes...
Sean Payton gives Falcons the ‘choke’ sign 

Sean Payton gives Falcons the ‘choke’ sign 

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton gave Falcons running back Devonta Freeman a ‘choke’ sign during Thursday night’s game.  “I don’t remember that,” Payton said after the game. Freeman remembered it just fine. “I saw it,” Freeman said. “That man don’t know nothing about choking. He ain’t from where I’m from.  &ldquo...
Report card: Falcons 20, Saints 17

Report card: Falcons 20, Saints 17

Middle linebacker Deion Jones came up with a big interception in the end zone to help keep the Falcons’ NFC South division title hopes alive on Thursday. The Falcons held on for a 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints before 72,866 (tickets distributed) fans at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.   “Deion Jones made a terrific play to cap it off,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said...
Inactives: Saints at Falcons 

Inactives: Saints at Falcons 

Falcons left guard Andy Levitre’s streak of 140 straight starts will be snapped tonight. He was officially declared out of the game on Wednesday and was on the list of inactives for tonight’s game against the Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Ben Garland, 29, will make his first NFL start at left guard for the Falcons. In addition to Levitre, the Falcons named Nick Williams, cornerback...
Five things to know before tonight’s Saints at Falcons’ kickoff 

Five things to know before tonight’s Saints at Falcons’ kickoff 

Here are five things to know before the Saints (9-3) and Falcons (7-5) kickoff for the 96th time in the regular-season at 8:25 p.m. tonight at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome: 1. Playoff picture. The Saints are two games ahead of the Falcons with four to play. A win by the Saints practically eliminates the Falcons from the Division title race and puts them in the wildcard race. They would need to practically...
Warrick Dunn, man of the people, joins Falcons Ring of Honor vs. Saints

Warrick Dunn, man of the people, joins Falcons Ring of Honor vs. Saints

If he bothers to think about it, which he very rarely does, Warrick Dunn will suggest that whatever you think is probably not right or least wrong enough to be stupid, but that qualifies as no be a surprise for a guy so miscast. Hey, when he is inducted into the Falcons’ Ring of Honor while the Saints invade Mercedes-Benz Stadium, it won’t be the first time that he’ll have defied...
Falcons ready to debut color-rush uniforms 

Falcons ready to debut color-rush uniforms 

The wait is over.  The Falcons will debut their color-rush uniforms against New Orleans in their key matchup Thursday night at  Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  The Falcons will wear red jerseys with black numbers and white outlines, with red pants. The Saints will sport white uniforms with gold numbers and trimmings. Coming into this season, the Falcons were one of seven teams that had not...
Falcons-Saints may come down to battle of tag teams

Falcons-Saints may come down to battle of tag teams

It’s not like the Falcons haven’t squared off against a two-back attack before, but they’re about to face a monster (or two) of supreme sorts Thursday night when the devilish Saints visit Mercedes-Benz Stadium. New Orleans running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara together are playing like the source code for a video game. Consider how well-respected the Falcons’ tag team...
New York Giants owner John Mara wants Eli Manning back in 2018

New York Giants owner John Mara wants Eli Manning back in 2018

The New York Giants are in the market for a new general manager and a new head coach. As they begin to interviews for both positions in the coming days and weeks, one of the first issues that potential candidates will likely be asked to address is how they plan to handle veteran quarterback Eli Manning. On Wednesday, co-owner John Mara made it clear that his preference...
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott ‘saddened’ by Carson Wentz’s injury

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott ‘saddened’ by Carson Wentz’s injury

Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz will always be linked. The two quarterbacks were part of the same draft class, reside in the NFC East and represent the new wave of promising young NFL quarterbacks. Even though the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are bitter rivals, Prescott hated to see his peer suffer a season-ending ACL injury in Week 14. “Just saddened by the...
Cam Heyward on Patriots QB Tom Brady: ‘You have to be willing to play the game with him’

Cam Heyward on Patriots QB Tom Brady: ‘You have to be willing to play the game with him’

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has played against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady four times during his seven-year NFL career. Heyward was on injured reserve when the Steelers lost to the Patriots in last season’s AFC Championship Game. However, he will go up against Brady for the fifth time on Sunday. It is a huge matchup with the top seed in...
Patriots star explains why he’s thrilled they signed WR Kenny Britt

Patriots star explains why he’s thrilled they signed WR Kenny Britt

The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Kenny Britt, and safety Devin McCourty was asked exactly what he thought of bringing in the free agent so close to the end of the year. “He’s a Rutgers guy,” said McCourty in an interview posted by ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “So we need to expand on that. We know what that means.” McCourty went to Rutgers...
Mike McCarthy gives a statement on Aaron Rodgers

Mike McCarthy gives a statement on Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is going to start against the Carolina Panthers. He broke his right collarbone on Oct. 15. Reports have indicated that Rodgers himself has really been pushing to come back and play. There are some who say he’s taking an unnecessary risk by rushing back. On Wednesday, coach Mike McCarthy weighed in. “Aaron’s super...
Broncos, Colts announce final Week 15 injury report

Broncos, Colts announce final Week 15 injury report

The Denver Broncos released their final injury report ahead on Thursday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Nose tackle Domata Peko was the lone player listed as questionable for the Broncos, per the team’s official website. Safety Justin Simmons was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday with an ankle injury. On offense, quarterback Paxton Lynch...
ESPN’s Todd McShay has Broncos drafting QB Josh Allen in first round

ESPN’s Todd McShay has Broncos drafting QB Josh Allen in first round

The Denver Broncos still need a starting quarterback, and ESPN’s Todd McShay believes they will address that issue in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. McShay released his first mock for the 2018 draft, and has the Broncos selecting Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. Prior to the start of the 2017 college football season, the projected top three quarterbacks were Allen...
Vance Joseph: Colts RB Frank Gore a ‘first ballot Hall of Fame player’

Vance Joseph: Colts RB Frank Gore a ‘first ballot Hall of Fame player’

Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph apparently thinks the world of Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore. On Tuesday afternoon, Joseph lit up when he was asked about Gore during his daily media . “I was in San Fran [coaching the San Francisco 49ers] when we drafted Frank Gore,” Joseph said. “He is a first ballot Hall of Fame player. He’s 34 years old. He&rsquo...
Pittsburgh Steelers CB Joe Haden returns to practice

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Joe Haden returns to practice

This is a big week for Joe Haden. The Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback has an opportunity to make his return in Week 15. Haden hasn’t practiced since suffering a fractured fibula in Week 10. He was back at practice on Wednesday, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. Pittsburgh was targeting Week 15 all along for Haden’s return. It’s a prime time for the Steelers to get...
Kenny Britt signs two-year deal with New England Patriots

Kenny Britt signs two-year deal with New England Patriots

After plenty of speculation, the New England Patriots have officially signed veteran wide receiver Kenny Britt, according to multiple sources. Britt was released by the Cleveland Browns last Friday just hours after the team hired John Dorsey to be their next general manager. The veteran wide receiver was in the first year of a four-year contract he signed with ...
NFL owner says Jerry Jones had no influence whatsoever on Roger Goodell’s contract

NFL owner says Jerry Jones had no influence whatsoever on Roger Goodell’s contract

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones certainly tried to influence Roger Goodell’s new contract extension. He didn’t like the timing or the fact that the Compensation Committee was able to make decisions without consulting all of the owners. There was a time when he even threatened to sue if things didn’t go his way. He eventually backed off and insinuated that...
Denver Broncos place S Justin Simmons on IR

Denver Broncos place S Justin Simmons on IR

From the looks of Justin Simmons’ ankle, he’s not in the condition to play anytime soon. The Denver Broncos recognized that on Wednesday. Denver placed the safety on injured reserve, the t eam announced Wednesday. Simmons injured his ankle in embarrassing fashion. The Broncos safety sprained his ankle celebrating during the team’s Week 14...
Steelers orthopedist performs surgery on Eagles QB Carson Wentz

Steelers orthopedist performs surgery on Eagles QB Carson Wentz

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have their fare share of differences but sometimes the two cities can team up — just ask Carson Wentz. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback underwent surgery on his ACL on Wednesday. Wentz’s procedure was performed by Dr. James Bradley, per Chris Mortensen of ESPN. Bradley just so happens to be an orthopedic knee...
LOOK: Justin Simmons’ ankle sprain looks worse than it sounds

LOOK: Justin Simmons’ ankle sprain looks worse than it sounds

Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons sprained his ankle while celebrating during the win over the New York Jets. In the grand scheme, a sprained ankle doesn’t sound too bad. Every week, players go down with torn ACLs and broken bones and brain injuries. It was felt that Simmons got off light. He may have, but he posted a picture of the injury, and it’s pretty bad. It&rsquo...
Steelers’ Killer B’s registering impressive stats this season

Steelers’ Killer B’s registering impressive stats this season

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Killer B’s are the NFL’s most imposing bunch. Numbers don’t lie when it comes to Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger is second in the NFL in passing yards, Bell leads the league in rushing yards and Brown tops the NFL in receiving yards and receptions. New England Patriots coach Bill...
Patriots QB Tom Brady has been dominant against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Patriots QB Tom Brady has been dominant against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Over the course of his illustrious career, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has turned in dominant performances against literally every other franchise in the league. No team has felt the wrath of Brady quite like the Pittsburgh Steelers, though. According to NFL Research, Brady has a 10-2 career record (including playoffs) against the Steelers, with 29 touchdown passes, 3 interceptions...
Patriots cut linebacker Jonathan Freeny

Patriots cut linebacker Jonathan Freeny

The New England Patriots have parted ways with linebacker Jonathan Freeny – again. They cut him on Wednesday after previously cutting him to start the season. “Multiple reports: Patriots have released linebacker Jonathan Freeny,” wrote Glen Farley of the Enterprise. The reasoning here is simple: He got his job back for a week because tight end Rob Gronkowski...
Bill Belichick realizes challenges game planing for Steelers’ Killler B’s

Bill Belichick realizes challenges game planing for Steelers’ Killler B’s

The New England Patriots enjoy an MVP candidate in Tom Brady. Bill Belichick believes the Pittsburgh Steelers possess as many as three. When asked if Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown should be considered for this year’s NFL MVP award, Belichick provided a complimentary answer. “Sure,” Belichick said about Brown’s MVP candidacy, via ...
JuJu Smith-Schuster says Antonio Brown hasn’t paid his fine like he promised

JuJu Smith-Schuster says Antonio Brown hasn’t paid his fine like he promised

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster got a fine and a one-game suspension for annihilating Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. It was the hit of the game, but it was too rough for the NFL’s taste as they try to limit injuries, and Smith Schuster also taunted Burfict after the fact. Interestingly, it was during that taunting that he realized...
Even off the field, Tony Romo is still winning awards

Even off the field, Tony Romo is still winning awards

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is one of those guys who just seems to flourish at anything he does. After Pro Bowls and records with the Dallas Cowboys, he decided to become a broadcaster with CBS. Many felt he could still play, but he threw himself into his new role. He did so well that Sports Illustrated named him their 2017 Media Person Of The Year. One of the...
For Tony Romo, only one NFL coach is a fellow football junkie

For Tony Romo, only one NFL coach is a fellow football junkie

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo now works for CBS as a broadcaster. He’s been terrific – Sports Illustrated named him their 2017 Media Person Of The Year – and he recently sat down for an interview to discuss his first season in the booth. One of the most interesting things was his view on which coaches really understand what they’re talking about...
Jerry Jones: Cowboys have a brighter future because of Ezekiel Elliott suspension

Jerry Jones: Cowboys have a brighter future because of Ezekiel Elliott suspension

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was fairly furious when running back Ezekiel Elliott was finally suspended for suspected domestic violence. He wanted the NFL to let Elliott continue playing and felt he was treated unfairly. Now, with just one more game to go, he’s looking for the silver lining. He thinks the team might be better in the long run, especially quarterback...
Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw clinging to Mike Tomlin criticism

Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw clinging to Mike Tomlin criticism

Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw has never made any bones about the fact that he isn’t a fan of current Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and his most recent comments echo those sentiments. In fact, Bradshaw’s disdain for Tomlin has moved him to the point of complete indifference. And he’s still airing his dirty laundry with the man in...
Aaron Rodgers medically cleared and planning to start

Aaron Rodgers medically cleared and planning to start

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is returning to the field just in time for that playoff push.   “It’s been a long road from that day to this, but I’m happy to say I’ve been medically cleared to return,” Rodgerswrote on Instagram, along with a photo of himself in the hospital. “Thanks for all the love, support, prayers, and well wishes...
Vance Joseph: Broncos looking forward to Thursday night

Vance Joseph: Broncos looking forward to Thursday night

More and more people around the NFL are expressing their disdain for Thursday Night Football, citing the quick turnaround and injury risk as the primary issues with the games. Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph is taking a different approach. When asked about playing on Thursday night, Joseph focused his attention to the bright side. “I’m OK with it. It’s a league deal...
Cowboys are road favorite in Oakland

Cowboys are road favorite in Oakland

Las Vegas likes the Dallas Cowboys’ chances in Oakland. The Cowboys are a three-point favorite against the Oakland Raiders, per Vegas Insider. On this week’s edition of All 22’s Cowboys Facebook Live, the Raiders were predicted to win the Week 15 contest. Both teams desperately need to win to keep their slim playoff chances alive. The Cowboys (7-6) are currently...
Key stat suggests the Patriots will bounce back and beat the Steelers

Key stat suggests the Patriots will bounce back and beat the Steelers

The New England Patriots have their biggest game of the year on Sunday, when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4:25 EST. The Steelers are coming off of a 38-39 win against the Baltimore Ravens. The Patriots are coming off of an upset loss to the Miami Dolphins. It means this is a key game for playoff seeding. The team that wins is likely to wind up as the No. 1 seed ...
Here’s who the Vegas oddsmakers are picking to win Super Bowl 52

Here’s who the Vegas oddsmakers are picking to win Super Bowl 52

With only three weeks left in the 2017 NFL regular season, we have a pretty clear picture as to which teams have a legitimate chance at winning Super Bowl 52. As you can see, the Vegas oddsmakers clearly see the AFC as a two-team race, while the NFC is wide open (even more so now that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is out for the year with a torn ACL in his left...
New England Patriots nearing deal with free agent Kenny Britt

New England Patriots nearing deal with free agent Kenny Britt

The New England Patriots have made good use of late-season roster additions in the past and it appears they’re trying to find an offensive spark in mid-December by adding veteran wide receiver Kenny Britt. According to a report from Field Yates of ESPN, the Patriots are nearing a deal to bring Britt to the Patriots for the stretch run. Britt is a nine-year NFL veteran...
Will Parks says losing is not an option

Will Parks says losing is not an option

Forget draft position. Denver Broncos safety Will Parks says the team simply isn’t going to mail it in and tank out for the rest of the 2017 season. “You know, it’s crazy. I see that all the time,” he said when asked by Denver7’s Troy Renck. “I scroll and I see what people say about us. Even in my mentions, I’ve got negative comments...
Cowboys expect Ezekiel Elliott to be in better shape when he returns

Cowboys expect Ezekiel Elliott to be in better shape when he returns

Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones anticipates a lighter Ezekiel Elliott when the running back returns. Elliott’s spent at least part of his six-game suspension working out in Cabo, Mexico. The Cowboys approved of Elliott’s Mexico workout agenda prior to his departure. He will be eligible to return next week and play Christmas Eve when the team takes ...
Mike Tomlin makes fun of Steelers WR Martavis Bryant’s kick return struggles

Mike Tomlin makes fun of Steelers WR Martavis Bryant’s kick return struggles

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin fielded questions from reporters about why they hadn’t previously used Martavis Bryant as a kick returner after some limited success earlier this season, but Tomlin couldn’t help but take a dig at the receiver when things finally broke down. Bryant struggled mightily in kick return duty against the Baltimore Ravens, mishandling...
Bill Belichick explains why the Patriots stopped trying to run the ball

Bill Belichick explains why the Patriots stopped trying to run the ball

The New England Patriots started the game against the Miami Dolphins with the running attack, but they abandoned it and just let quarterback Tom Brady throw the ball everywhere by the end of the night. When all was said and done, the Patriots ran the ball a mere 10 times for 25 yards. Balance is typically how you win in the NFL. As great as Brady is, he needs someone to run...
NFL makes very hypocritical statement on Browns owner Jimmy Haslam

NFL makes very hypocritical statement on Browns owner Jimmy Haslam

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is given the authority by the collective bargaining agreement to wield unyielding power in any way he sees fit when punishing players but a recent NFL statement shined a bright light on the hypocrisy of their ways on Monday. According to a report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the NFL released a statement about Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy...
James Harrison says he regrets signing with the Steelers

James Harrison says he regrets signing with the Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison wishes that he hadn’t signed on for the 2017 season since he’s not seeing the field. “ James Harrison told me today if he had known he wasn’t going to play much [inactive for 6 games, DNP for two more], he would not have signed with the Steelers this season,” wrote ...
Packers wavering on Aaron Rodgers injury decision

Packers wavering on Aaron Rodgers injury decision

The Green Bay Packers are hoping to win out and get some help to sneak into the postseason and that effort will supposedly get a major boost in Week 15 with the return of Aaron Rodgers. After breaking his clavicle earlier in the season, Rodgers has been allowed to practice for the last two weeks and is eligible to come off injured reserve against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday...
Steelers CB Joe Haden returning to practice

Steelers CB Joe Haden returning to practice

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden is one step closer to getting back on the football field. “Joe Haden is returning to practice this week,” coach Mike Tomlin said, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “[We’ll] see what he does when he gets out there if he can play Sunday.” Haden fractured his fibula in his left leg roughly...
Steelers make official move with linebacker Ryan Shazier

Steelers make official move with linebacker Ryan Shazier

When Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier had spinal surgery, it was clear that his season was over. Today, the Steelers made it official, moving him to Injured Reserve. Before the surgery, there was hope that Shazier could come back by the playoffs. Quarterback Tommy Maddox had a similar injury and missed just two games. That was when it was thought that Shazier wouldn&rsquo...
Broncos safety Justin Simmons suffered a high ankle sprain

Broncos safety Justin Simmons suffered a high ankle sprain

Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons got hurt while celebrating during the win over the New York Jets, and he had to leave the game. While reports were never dire, the Broncos have gotten some good news: It’s just a sprained ankle. “Broncos second-year safety Justin Simmons has a ‘mild’ high ankle sprain and he’s considered day-to-day, coach Vance Joseph ...
Devin Hester officially announces retirement with dig at NFL

Devin Hester officially announces retirement with dig at NFL

Over the course of 11 seasons in the NFL, Devin Hester made a name for himself as one of the most explosive players in league history. On Tuesday, Hester officially announced his retirement. In a post he published on Twitter, Hester made a lengthy statement about his extraordinary career, even taking a little dig at the NFL in the process. “I have good news and bad news...
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