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Falcons secondary battling injuries this week

Saints Morgan makes a catch in between Falcons Moore and Samuel during their NFL football game in Atlanta Reuters

Falcons safety William Moore was the NFC defensive player of the week for the job he did against the Saints in Week 13, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be at full speed if he’s on the field to attempt making it two straight against the Panthers this weekend.

Moore missed a second straight day of practice for the Falcons on Thursday thanks to an injured hamstring. That makes it two injured starters in the secondary for Atlanta as cornerback Asante Samuel has also missed both days of practice with the shoulder injury that forced him out of the win over the Saints. Coach Mike Smith said that the team would try to get them out on the field again on Friday, but admitted that they’ll be extra cautious with Samuel, who played after not practicing at all last week because of the injury.

“Most certainly,” Smith said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He was only able to play three plays, so we are going to definitely be very cautious and make sure he’s ready to go. He wants to be out there playing, I know that, but we want to make sure he gets cleared by the doctors before we get him out there.”

With the division title wrapped up and a nice-sized lead in the race for home-field advantage, the Falcons can certainly afford caution when it comes to injured players. That’s especially true of players who play important roles on their starting defense.

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6 Responses to “Falcons secondary battling injuries this week”
  1. chc4 says: Dec 6, 2012 4:47 PM

    Tough week to miss 2 starters. After all the Panthers are the better team as it is, right Greg Hardy?

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 6, 2012 4:58 PM

    Panthers will win.

  3. dirtybirds233 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:01 PM

    Asante has been battling that shoulder injury for 3 weeks now. He’s gone into each game grabbing his shoulder and arm after a play but stayed out there as long as he could. Say what you want about the guy but he seems that of a trooper to me

  4. tarmacjerry says: Dec 6, 2012 6:17 PM

    Rest Up…. can’t do any better than #1 seed which is all but locked up. I’ll taking my chances being rested and at 99% healthy vs the alternative

  5. roddytorock84 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:22 PM

    To be honest I’d rather have McClain out there any way. He tackles. Especially against the panthers run O. Also we have been battling secondary injuries all year. Brent grimes went down week 1 Achilles. Chris Owens left in week 2 concussion. then asantes shoulder. Dunta left a few games after big hits. Never missed any significant time. Now willie Moore. Its fair to say its an ongoing problem not just the week you actually learn who one of the falcons dbs are.

  6. chc4 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:41 PM

    I’ve seen very few issues with Asante’s tackling this yr and I’ve been watching given his reputation. He is far superior to McClain though RM has been surprisingly good as well. Owens too.

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