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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Devonta Freeman declared out of game against Seattle
 Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who is in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out for the Seattle game by head coach Dan Quinn on Saturday. The Falcons (5-4) face the Seahawks (6-3) at 8:30 p.m. on Monday Night Football in a big NFC game with playoff implications. The Falcons declared Freeman out, although the news was expected...

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Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who is in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out for the Seattle game by head coach Dan Quinn on Saturday. The Falcons (5-4) face the Seahawks (6-3) at 8:30 p.m. on Monday Night Football in a big NFC game with playoff implications. The Falcons declared Freeman out, although the news was expected...
Trufant, Alford ready for Seattle’s receivers  
 Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant basically grew up with the Seattle Seahawks. As a 12-year-old, Trufant, a native of Tacoma, Wash., used to attend practices with his older brother Marcus Trufant, a former Seattle Seahawk. The two-time Pro Bowl cornerback is set for a return visit wth the Falcons (5-4) face the Seahawks (6-3) at 8:30 p.m...

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Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant basically grew up with the Seattle Seahawks. As a 12-year-old, Trufant, a native of Tacoma, Wash., used to attend practices with his older brother Marcus Trufant, a former Seattle Seahawk. The two-time Pro Bowl cornerback is set for a return visit wth the Falcons (5-4) face the Seahawks (6-3) at 8:30 p.m...
Falcons looking to eliminate ‘game-changing’ penalties 
 Falcons coach Dan Quinn and his staff have been working to cut down the team’s untimely penalties. The Falcons had a potential touchdown and an interception nullified because of penalties against Dallas. On a Desmond Trufant interception, linebacker/defensive end Vic Beasley jumped offside. On Tevin Coleman’s fourth-quarter 25-yard...

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn and his staff have been working to cut down the team’s untimely penalties. The Falcons had a potential touchdown and an interception nullified because of penalties against Dallas. On a Desmond Trufant interception, linebacker/defensive end Vic Beasley jumped offside. On Tevin Coleman’s fourth-quarter 25-yard...
Injury report: Punter Matt Bosher has a left ankle injury 
 Falcons punter Matt Bosher, who has a left ankle injury, will be limited in practice on Friday, coach Dan Quinn said. Bosher is a right-footed punter, but he needs his left leg to be stable for launching his punts.  Bosher is averaging 44.7 yards on 28 punts and 41.8 yards net. He’s placed 11 punts inside the 20 and has a long...

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Falcons punter Matt Bosher, who has a left ankle injury, will be limited in practice on Friday, coach Dan Quinn said. Bosher is a right-footed punter, but he needs his left leg to be stable for launching his punts.  Bosher is averaging 44.7 yards on 28 punts and 41.8 yards net. He’s placed 11 punts inside the 20 and has a long...
What Matt Ryan had to say about the Seahawks 
 Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say about the Seahawks:  On facing Dwight Freeney: “Dwight, having played with him, he’d the pros pro. Unbelievable in terms of preparation. Unbelievable pass rushers. Unbelievable teammate for sure. I know those guys will be well-prepared in that front seven in that...

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Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say about the Seahawks:  On facing Dwight Freeney: “Dwight, having played with him, he’d the pros pro. Unbelievable in terms of preparation. Unbelievable pass rushers. Unbelievable teammate for sure. I know those guys will be well-prepared in that front seven in that...
Falcons elated that Adrian Clayborn didn’t retire after last season
 After his latest injury, Adrian Clayborn was ready to retire.  He suffered a torn biceps in the Falcons’ 36-20 win over Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs Jan. 14.  A one-time first-round pick, Clayborn’s career had been marred by two other season-ending injuries and that led to him being shunned by the...

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After his latest injury, Adrian Clayborn was ready to retire.  He suffered a torn biceps in the Falcons’ 36-20 win over Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs Jan. 14.  A one-time first-round pick, Clayborn’s career had been marred by two other season-ending injuries and that led to him being shunned by the...
3 key matchups: Falcons at Seahawks 
 Here at three key matchups to watch: Falcons WR Desmond Trufant vs. Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin: Trufant played at Washington and is from Tacoma. Baldwin is averaging 11.7 yards per catch. Trufant is coming off a strong showing against Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant. He had an interception nullified by a penalty. Baldwin leads Seattle in receiving...

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Here at three key matchups to watch: Falcons WR Desmond Trufant vs. Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin: Trufant played at Washington and is from Tacoma. Baldwin is averaging 11.7 yards per catch. Trufant is coming off a strong showing against Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant. He had an interception nullified by a penalty. Baldwin leads Seattle in receiving...
Analytics: Wilson ranked as the 15th best QB in the NFL 
 Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has his team off to another strong start without the aid of a solid rushing attack.  Wilson has guided the Seahawks to a 6-3 record while they’ve played five different running back and he is the team’s leading rusher. Wilson is ranked in the middle of the pack of starting quarterbacks...

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has his team off to another strong start without the aid of a solid rushing attack.  Wilson has guided the Seahawks to a 6-3 record while they’ve played five different running back and he is the team’s leading rusher. Wilson is ranked in the middle of the pack of starting quarterbacks...
X-factor: The Falcons defensive line
 The Falcons must stay under control when rushing Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who’s been sacked 23 times this season. The Falcon pass rush will be the X-Factor when the two teams meet on Monday Night Football in an important NFC game with playoff implications.  The Falcons are coming off a dominating eight-sack performance...

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The Falcons must stay under control when rushing Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who’s been sacked 23 times this season. The Falcon pass rush will be the X-Factor when the two teams meet on Monday Night Football in an important NFC game with playoff implications.  The Falcons are coming off a dominating eight-sack performance...
On the hot seat: Falcons running back Tevin Coleman 
 Falcons running back Tevin Coleman is ready to carry the full load against Seattle and will be on the hot seat in the game.  He normally shares the job with Devonta Freeman, who’s in the concussion protocol for the second time this season.  Coleman had a career-high-tying 20 carries for a season-high 83 yards rushing in last...

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Falcons running back Tevin Coleman is ready to carry the full load against Seattle and will be on the hot seat in the game.  He normally shares the job with Devonta Freeman, who’s in the concussion protocol for the second time this season.  Coleman had a career-high-tying 20 carries for a season-high 83 yards rushing in last...
QB corner: Ryan believes everyone has a role to play in the offense 
 Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan likes the No. 2 fullback on the depth chart. The Falcons used defensive tackle Dontari Poe on two plays near the goal line against Dallas, including on running back Tevin Coleman’s 1-yard touchdown run. “He’s a versatile guy,” Ryan said. “You have to watch out for him. I’ve...

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan likes the No. 2 fullback on the depth chart. The Falcons used defensive tackle Dontari Poe on two plays near the goal line against Dallas, including on running back Tevin Coleman’s 1-yard touchdown run. “He’s a versatile guy,” Ryan said. “You have to watch out for him. I’ve...