D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons beat writer

D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was one of the lead writers in the notorious Michael Vick dog-fighting federal case. He has also covered the SEC/ACC and high schools in Gwinnett for the AJC. He's a three-time APSE award winner. AJC Atlanta Falcons blog

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Trufant named NFC defensive player of the week
 Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant was named the NFC defensive player of the week on Wednesday after getting two game-changing turnovers against the Packers. Trufant made a spectacular interception with 54 seconds left in the second quarter. The Falcons turned the pick into a touchdown and took a commanding 24-7 halftime lead.  Trufant...

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Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant was named the NFC defensive player of the week on Wednesday after getting two game-changing turnovers against the Packers. Trufant made a spectacular interception with 54 seconds left in the second quarter. The Falcons turned the pick into a touchdown and took a commanding 24-7 halftime lead.  Trufant...
Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons move from Rodgers to Stafford
 Here in the seventh episode of the Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss the Falcons upcoming opponent the Detroit Lions. The Falcons plan to play without defensive end Vic Beasley and some of the key matchups in the game. 

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Here in the seventh episode of the Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss the Falcons upcoming opponent the Detroit Lions. The Falcons plan to play without defensive end Vic Beasley and some of the key matchups in the game. 
COVER 9@9: Sanu fitting in nicely on offense
 September 17, 2017 Atlanta: Falcons running back Devonta Freeman celebrates his touchdown with Mohamed Sanu for a 14-7 lead
               over the Packers during the second quarter in a NFL football game on Sunday, September 17, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com  1. WILD SANU?. Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has...

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September 17, 2017 Atlanta: Falcons running back Devonta Freeman celebrates his touchdown with Mohamed Sanu for a 14-7 lead over the Packers during the second quarter in a NFL football game on Sunday, September 17, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com  1. WILD SANU?. Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has...
Five things to know about the Falcons on Wednesday 
 Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Wednesday:  1. Hometown Huddle. The Falcons spent part of their off day doing community service around the city. 2. Practice squad move. The Falcons signed defensive tackle Taniela Tupou to the practice squad and waived running back Jhurrell Pressley on Tuesday.  3. Practice...

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Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Wednesday:  1. Hometown Huddle. The Falcons spent part of their off day doing community service around the city. 2. Practice squad move. The Falcons signed defensive tackle Taniela Tupou to the practice squad and waived running back Jhurrell Pressley on Tuesday.  3. Practice...
Falcons release official depth chart for Lions’ game 
 The Falcons, who will be without defensive end Vic Beasley (hamstring strain/tear), released their official depth chart for the Lions’ game on Tuesday. The Falcons (2-0) are set to face Matthew Stafford and the upstart Lions (2-0) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Field. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said that rookie Takkarist McKinley, Brooks Reed...

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The Falcons, who will be without defensive end Vic Beasley (hamstring strain/tear), released their official depth chart for the Lions’ game on Tuesday. The Falcons (2-0) are set to face Matthew Stafford and the upstart Lions (2-0) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Field. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said that rookie Takkarist McKinley, Brooks Reed...
A quick look at the Detroit Lions 
 The Falcons are set to face their third start opponent from the NFC North in  quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Field. “They’ve got some explosive guys at running back, wide receiver and tight end,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “On the defensive side with their pass rushers...

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The Falcons are set to face their third start opponent from the NFC North in quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Field. “They’ve got some explosive guys at running back, wide receiver and tight end,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “On the defensive side with their pass rushers...
Five things to know about the Falcons on Tuesday 
 Here are five things to know about the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday:  1. Series record. The Falcons (2-0) are set to face the Detroit Lions (2-0) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Field. The Lions lead the series, 24-12. The Falcons are 3-1 against the Lions with Matt Ryan at the controls. On Sept. 7, 2008, Ryan made his...

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Here are five things to know about the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday:  1. Series record. The Falcons (2-0) are set to face the Detroit Lions (2-0) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Field. The Lions lead the series, 24-12. The Falcons are 3-1 against the Lions with Matt Ryan at the controls. On Sept. 7, 2008, Ryan made his...
Beasley out at least one week, likely longer, with hamstring strain 
 The Falcons will be without Vic Beasley for a minimum of one game after the All-Pro defensive end suffered a hamstring strain in Sunday night’s win over the Packers. It’s quite possible, even in a best-case scenario, that he could miss several weeks. Beasley suffered a hamstring stain, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Even if...

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The Falcons will be without Vic Beasley for a minimum of one game after the All-Pro defensive end suffered a hamstring strain in Sunday night’s win over the Packers. It’s quite possible, even in a best-case scenario, that he could miss several weeks. Beasley suffered a hamstring stain, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Even if...
Falcons staying in touch with Dwight Freeney 
 The Falcons have been in contact with Dwight Freeney but there are no immediate plans to sign the defensive end despite an injury to Vic Beasley, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Beasley was injured in Sunday night’s victory over the Packers. On Monday, Quinn said the injury is a hamstring strain and that the defensive end is week...

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The Falcons have been in contact with Dwight Freeney but there are no immediate plans to sign the defensive end despite an injury to Vic Beasley, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Beasley was injured in Sunday night’s victory over the Packers. On Monday, Quinn said the injury is a hamstring strain and that the defensive end is week...
Tweetcap of Dan Quinn’s Monday press conference
 Falcons coach Dan Quinn during Monday’s press conference discussing Vic Beasley’s injury. He said he’s “week to week” while
               reports are that he’s out for a month. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Dan Quinn was optimistic about linebacker Vic...

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn during Monday’s press conference discussing Vic Beasley’s injury. He said he’s “week to week” while reports are that he’s out for a month. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Dan Quinn was optimistic about linebacker Vic...
Report: Vic Beasley out a month with hamstring tear
 Falcons defensive end/linebacker Vic Beasley has a slight hamstring tear and is expected to miss at least a month, according to WSB Channel 2’s Zach Klein citing a “NFL league source.” Beasley played 22 of 76 defensive snaps (29 percent) against the Packers.  He left the game in the third quarter after suffering the...

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Falcons defensive end/linebacker Vic Beasley has a slight hamstring tear and is expected to miss at least a month, according to WSB Channel 2’s Zach Klein citing a “NFL league source.” Beasley played 22 of 76 defensive snaps (29 percent) against the Packers.  He left the game in the third quarter after suffering the...