Down goes Douglas in Atlanta

Roddy White may have just gained a little leverage.

Falcons receiver Harry Douglas, who was taking first-team snaps in White’s absence, went down with a leg injury at practice Wednesday.

It’s always difficult to tell if a camp injury is serious right away, but the signs here aren’t great.

Douglas had to be helped by two people to get off the field and onto a cart.

An earlier version of the story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said that Matt Ryan shouted a “loud expletive” after seeing Douglas hit the deck.

“You can’t speculate,” coach Mike Smith said. “Anytime you lose any player it’s
not the best situation. Harry is an integral part of our team.”

Douglas is coming off a quietly impressive rookie year and was expected to challenge Michael Jenkins for a starting job. 

If Douglas is out for a significant amount of time, the Falcons are down to Jenkins, Brian Finneran, and a slew of receivers without NFL production.  (They signed Dickie Lyons Tuesday . . . and released him Wednesday.)

The receiver situation would change, of course, if they can get a deal finished with holdout Roddy White. 

Little has been reported on that front lately, but soon-to-be ESPN’s Adam Schefter enjoyed his one of his last days of Twitter freedom by writing the following.

Reports are that
Falcons WR Roddy White is seeking a more lucrative contract than Larry
Fitzgerald. I’m told, Categorically false.”

No matter what White is asking for, his importance to the team could have elevated even more Wednesday. 

11 responses to “Down goes Douglas in Atlanta

  1. “An earlier version of the story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said that Matt Ryan shouted a “loud expletive” after seeing Douglas hit the deck.”
    SHIT! I hung another receiver out to dry AGAIN!

  2. exactly what is espn’s twitter policy?
    i see a bunch of them on here. love shefter & mort.

  3. Falcons front office has itself to blame, they could’ve/should’ve got a deal done last year when they got a deal done with Jenkins. If they didn’t try to get a deal done earlier with White, it just blew up in their face.

  4. wow what would we do with out NYJets. You are probably a stickin eagles fan to ashamed to admit it.

  5. well before or during the 08 season would have been too early to cut a new deal for white. or else he could have turned out like javon.
    but it is interesting to see that now that he has played two years with real QBs who really throw to wideouts (2008 ryan, 2007 jo-ey + a buncha other guys)… he didnt do half-bad.

  6. NYJests:
    Really? A few misplaced two liners in the comment threads would send you packing? That’s dedication. Peace. I think Steve’s still funny, albeit mentally broken. I doubt Florio gives a shit about your threat.

  7. According to the AJC, the negotiations between Roddy White and the Falcons have made a turn for the worse.
    Now the Falcons are saying that they may withdraw their offer from White. And that’s a big problem. Roddy White made Matt Ryan look good, because Ryan made some bad throws and White would go out and get it. If it was someone else, some of those passes would have been intercepted.
    But hey, it’s the Falcons. Did you REALLY expect them to put together two winning seasons in a row?

  8. when i saw him in gollege for louisville, he was a a standout. when the falcons grabbed him the 3rd, i thought it was a tad high but well worth it. hopefully this does not derail him, i think douglas is ready to matter. and with tony g on the team, he can really be great. hopefully this is not serious.

  9. when i saw him in gollege for louisville, he was a a standout. when the falcons grabbed him the 3rd, i thought it was a tad high but well worth it. hopefully this does not derail him, i think douglas is ready to matter. and with tony g on the team, he can really be great. hopefully this is not serious.

  10. According to various media outlets Harry Douglas is out for the season. No Roddy White + No Harry Douglas = cavalcade of free agent visits.

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