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.

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Freeman set to have sports hernia surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia 
 Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is scheduled to have core/sports hernia surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia, according to the Vincera Institute.  William C. Meyers, is one of the leaders in core/sports hernia injury surgery,  founded the institute.   The Falcons placed Freeman on injured reserve on Tuesday, with a hope...

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Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is scheduled to have core/sports hernia surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia, according to the Vincera Institute.  William C. Meyers, is one of the leaders in core/sports hernia injury surgery, founded the institute.   The Falcons placed Freeman on injured reserve on Tuesday, with a hope...
Cover 9@9: Hooper coming on strong 
 1. Hooper a weapon?: Tight end Austin Hooper stepped up and turned in his second consecutive strong game against the Buccaneers last week. “I thought it was another excellent performance by Austin Hooper,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “Sometimes when certain coverage may go to one player, other opportunities are there....

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1. Hooper a weapon?: Tight end Austin Hooper stepped up and turned in his second consecutive strong game against the Buccaneers last week. “I thought it was another excellent performance by Austin Hooper,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “Sometimes when certain coverage may go to one player, other opportunities are there....
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons and Giants ready for MNF showdown 
 In the 84th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss the two things the Falcons must do to save their season -- run block and stop missing tackles. Also, we take a look at the New York Giants, who are a hot mess at 1-5 and appear to be on the brink of a disastrous season. There’s a lot of infighting and finger pointing...

Posted: 13 hours ago

In the 84th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss the two things the Falcons must do to save their season -- run block and stop missing tackles. Also, we take a look at the New York Giants, who are a hot mess at 1-5 and appear to be on the brink of a disastrous season. There’s a lot of infighting and finger pointing...
Falcons release official depth chart for Giants’ game 
 The Falcons (2-4) released their official depth chart, with new kicker Giorgiao Tavecchio added, for their game against the Giants (1-5), which will be played on Monday Night Football:   WR 11 Julio Jones, 14 Justin Hardy, 17 Marvin Hall  LT 70 Jake Matthews, 74 Ty Sambrailo LG 71 Wes Schweitzer, 63 Ben Garland C 51 Alex...

Posted: 16 hours ago

The Falcons (2-4) released their official depth chart, with new kicker Giorgiao Tavecchio added, for their game against the Giants (1-5), which will be played on Monday Night Football:   WR 11 Julio Jones, 14 Justin Hardy, 17 Marvin Hall  LT 70 Jake Matthews, 74 Ty Sambrailo LG 71 Wes Schweitzer, 63 Ben Garland C 51 Alex...
Film review report card: Falcons 34, Buccaneers 29 
 After reviewing the coaches’ film, it’s grading time for the Falcons’ play in their 34-29 win over of the Buccaneers on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After the offense couldn’t run out the clock, the Bucs made it interesting until the final rugby-style lateral play failed at the buzzer.  Here’s what happened...

Posted: 16 hours ago

After reviewing the coaches’ film, it’s grading time for the Falcons’ play in their 34-29 win over of the Buccaneers on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After the offense couldn’t run out the clock, the Bucs made it interesting until the final rugby-style lateral play failed at the buzzer.  Here’s what happened...
Injuries continue to mount as Freeman headed to injured reserve 
 Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who’s been battling knee and groin injuries, is headed for injured reserved, the team announced on Tuesday. Freeman is set to have groin surgery and will miss at least eight games. He would be eligible for a return in Week 16. He could return for a potential late-season playoff push if the Falcons...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who’s been battling knee and groin injuries, is headed for injured reserved, the team announced on Tuesday. Freeman is set to have groin surgery and will miss at least eight games. He would be eligible for a return in Week 16. He could return for a potential late-season playoff push if the Falcons...
Five things to know as Falcons look ahead to Giants
 For the second game in a row, the Falcons will face a well-rested team. The Falcons (2-4) defeated the Bucs after their bye week and will face the Giants (1-5) on Monday Night Football after they last played on Thursday, Oct. 11. The Giants, under first-year coach Pat Shurmur, have dropped three straight games and are mired in controversy...

Posted: 19 hours ago

For the second game in a row, the Falcons will face a well-rested team. The Falcons (2-4) defeated the Bucs after their bye week and will face the Giants (1-5) on Monday Night Football after they last played on Thursday, Oct. 11. The Giants, under first-year coach Pat Shurmur, have dropped three straight games and are mired in controversy...
Falcons sign place-kicker Tavecchio 
 The Falcons signed Giorgio Tavecchio to fill-in while kicker Matt Bryant recovers from a strained hamstring on Tuesday. Tavecchio was originally signed on Aug. 27 to kick for the final exhibition game as the team sat Bryant and punter Matt Bosher.  Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Bryant has a strained hamstring and will miss the next game...

Posted: 20 hours ago

The Falcons signed Giorgio Tavecchio to fill-in while kicker Matt Bryant recovers from a strained hamstring on Tuesday. Tavecchio was originally signed on Aug. 27 to kick for the final exhibition game as the team sat Bryant and punter Matt Bosher.  Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Bryant has a strained hamstring and will miss the next game...
Blank on the passing of Paul Allen 
 Falcons owner Arthur Blank on the passing of Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen:  “Paul’s legacy and impact on all of us will not only be remembered for his teams’ success on the field and court, but for the lives he has touched along the way,” Blank said in a statement issued by the...

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank on the passing of Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen:  “Paul’s legacy and impact on all of us will not only be remembered for his teams’ success on the field and court, but for the lives he has touched along the way,” Blank said in a statement issued by the...
Falcons hoping to build off second win of season 
 It wasn’t an instant classic, but Sunday’s 34-29 win over Tampa Bay at Mercedes-Benz Stadium provided a bit of relief for coach Dan Quinn and the Falcons. The team was in the midst of a three-game losing streak, including excruciating home losses to New Orleans and Cincinnati. Now, with a 2-4 record after Sunday’s win...

Posted: a day ago

It wasn’t an instant classic, but Sunday’s 34-29 win over Tampa Bay at Mercedes-Benz Stadium provided a bit of relief for coach Dan Quinn and the Falcons. The team was in the midst of a three-game losing streak, including excruciating home losses to New Orleans and Cincinnati. Now, with a 2-4 record after Sunday’s win...
Falcons kicker Matt Bryant has strained hamstring 
 Falcons coach Dan Quinn said kicker Matt Bryant has a strained hamstring and will miss the next game on Monday. “Matt Bryant strained his hamstring,” Quinn said on Monday. “That will likely knock him out of this week. (Running back Devontat) Freeman is dealing with a groin from the Pittsburgh game. That will likely...

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn said kicker Matt Bryant has a strained hamstring and will miss the next game on Monday. “Matt Bryant strained his hamstring,” Quinn said on Monday. “That will likely knock him out of this week. (Running back Devontat) Freeman is dealing with a groin from the Pittsburgh game. That will likely...