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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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Falcons place Allen on injured reserve, make other minor moves 
 The Falcons placed injured free safety Ricardo Allen on injured reserve and made a couple of minor moves on Tuesday. Allen suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the 43-37 overtime loss to the Saints on Sunday. He’s out for the season. The Falcons signed safety Sharrod Neasman, who was with the team during the 2016 season and played...

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The Falcons placed injured free safety Ricardo Allen on injured reserve and made a couple of minor moves on Tuesday. Allen suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the 43-37 overtime loss to the Saints on Sunday. He’s out for the season. The Falcons signed safety Sharrod Neasman, who was with the team during the 2016 season and played...
A look ahead to the Cincinnati Bengals 
 The Falcons are set to face the Cincinnati Bengals, who are looking to rebound from their first loss of the season, at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.   The first meeting of A.J. Green vs. Julio Jones is in jeopardy after Green suffered a groin injury against the Panthers. He only played three snaps in the game. Green didn&rsquo...

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The Falcons are set to face the Cincinnati Bengals, who are looking to rebound from their first loss of the season, at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.   The first meeting of A.J. Green vs. Julio Jones is in jeopardy after Green suffered a groin injury against the Panthers. He only played three snaps in the game. Green didn&rsquo...
Allen facing a ‘minimum’ of six months recovery time
 Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon, is facing six months of recovery time, according to one medical expert. Allen will miss the rest of the regular season and be placed on injured reserve. He could be near full strength by March and be ready for Organize Team Activities in May.  “Surgery is typically...

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Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon, is facing six months of recovery time, according to one medical expert. Allen will miss the rest of the regular season and be placed on injured reserve. He could be near full strength by March and be ready for Organize Team Activities in May.  “Surgery is typically...
Falcons will try to move on without Ricardo Allen 
 Another game, another Falcons’ defensive starter is out for the season. Free safety Ricardo Allen suffered a torn Achilles tendon in overtime of the 43-37 loss to the Saints Sunday and was ruled out for the season on Monday. He will be placed on injured reserve. The Falcons were already playing without strong safety Keanu Neal (knee...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Another game, another Falcons’ defensive starter is out for the season. Free safety Ricardo Allen suffered a torn Achilles tendon in overtime of the 43-37 loss to the Saints Sunday and was ruled out for the season on Monday. He will be placed on injured reserve. The Falcons were already playing without strong safety Keanu Neal (knee...
Ricardo Allen out for season with torn Achilles
 Falcons safety Ricardo Allen suffered a torn Achilles and is out for the season. The team announced the extent of the injury Monday morning. It was first reported by ESPN.com Monday. Allen, who signed a three-year $19.5 million contract extension over the offseason, was injured in overtime of the 43-37 loss to the Saints Sunday. It didn&rsquo...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Falcons safety Ricardo Allen suffered a torn Achilles and is out for the season. The team announced the extent of the injury Monday morning. It was first reported by ESPN.com Monday. Allen, who signed a three-year $19.5 million contract extension over the offseason, was injured in overtime of the 43-37 loss to the Saints Sunday. It didn&rsquo...
Falcons are not interested in signing free agent safety Eric Reid 
 Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team is not interested in signing a high profile replacement like former San Francisco safety Eric Reid despite losing starter Ricardo Allen for the rest of season. Reid, who has started 69 games in the NFL, is known for kneeling during the national anthem when he played for the 49ers. “No, not at all...

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team is not interested in signing a high profile replacement like former San Francisco safety Eric Reid despite losing starter Ricardo Allen for the rest of season. Reid, who has started 69 games in the NFL, is known for kneeling during the national anthem when he played for the 49ers. “No, not at all...
Snap counts in Falcons’ loss to Saints
 Here are snap counts and playtime percentages from the Falcons’ 43-37 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday:  G W Schweitzer 100%  68   4 11% (special teams) T R Schraeder    100%  68 4  11% T J Matthews      100%  68 4  11% G B Fusco           ...

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Here are snap counts and playtime percentages from the Falcons’ 43-37 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday:  G W Schweitzer 100% 68   4 11% (special teams) T R Schraeder    100% 68 4 11% T J Matthews      100% 68 4 11% G B Fusco           ...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: What are the Falcons going to do on defense? 
 In the 77th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss what the Falcons are going to do on defense after giving up 534 yards in the 43-37 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints. Also, guard Brandon Fusco stops by to discuss what happened to the rushing attack and why the offense stalled at the end of regulation with a chance to...

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In the 77th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss what the Falcons are going to do on defense after giving up 534 yards in the 43-37 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints. Also, guard Brandon Fusco stops by to discuss what happened to the rushing attack and why the offense stalled at the end of regulation with a chance to...
Reeling Falcons’ defense can’t afford to lose Allen
 Another game, another Falcons’ defensive starter down and possibly out. Free safety Ricardo Allen was injured in overtime of the 43-37 loss to the Saints Sunday. It didn’t look real promising. Allen was helped off the field and then taken to medical help on a cart. He was despondent according to sideline observers. Allen&rsquo...

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Another game, another Falcons’ defensive starter down and possibly out. Free safety Ricardo Allen was injured in overtime of the 43-37 loss to the Saints Sunday. It didn’t look real promising. Allen was helped off the field and then taken to medical help on a cart. He was despondent according to sideline observers. Allen&rsquo...
What Falcons players had to say after loss to Saints 
 Here’s what the Falcons had to say after the 43-37 overtime loss to the Falcons on Sunday: On the loss: “This is really tough. It’s a heart-breaker. This is a hard way to lose in overtime. We put a lot into the game in our prep time, but it’s early in the season and we are going to see these guys again.” On the...

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Here’s what the Falcons had to say after the 43-37 overtime loss to the Falcons on Sunday: On the loss: “This is really tough. It’s a heart-breaker. This is a hard way to lose in overtime. We put a lot into the game in our prep time, but it’s early in the season and we are going to see these guys again.” On the...
What Matt Ryan had to say after loss to Saints
 Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say after the 43-37 loss to the Saints in overtime on Sunday: “Yeah, that was disappointing. Obviously, we've got an opportunity to win the game in that situation. So, we just didn't execute across the board well enough. You know, really in that situation, and before the half as...

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Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say after the 43-37 loss to the Saints in overtime on Sunday: “Yeah, that was disappointing. Obviously, we've got an opportunity to win the game in that situation. So, we just didn't execute across the board well enough. You know, really in that situation, and before the half as...