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Saints place Tommylee Lewis on IR

The Saints placed receiver/returner Tommylee Lewis on injured reserve Wednesday. New Orleans re-signed defensive tackle Jay Bromley to take his roster spot. Lewis injured his knee while returning a punt last week against the Browns. He was on crutches in the locker room Wednesday, Larry Holder of The Athletic reports. Before Sunday’s game, the Saints [more]

No Julio Jones at practice on Wednesday

Uh-oh, Falcons fans. With the first of two showdowns with the Saints looming on Sunday, Falcons receiver Julio Jones missed practice on Wednesday, due to a calf injury. Also not practicing for Atlanta were running back Devonta Freeman (knee), defensive end Tak McKinley (groin), and defensive end Derrick Shelby (groin). With the Bucs at 2-0 [more]

Andy Levitre placed on IR with triceps injury

The Falcons entered the season as the healthiest team in the NFL, but they are among the unluckiest since the season started. Atlanta has lost its third starter for the season. Further tests on left guard Andy Levitre‘s injured triceps revealed bad news, and the Falcons placed him on injured reserve, the team announced Tuesday. [more]

Falcons pass-rusher Takk McKinley dealing with groin injury

The Falcons were missing one of their best pass-rushers near the end of their win against the Panthers, and that absence may extend. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, defensive end Takkarist McKinley suffered a groin injury which could cost him some time. Backup defensive end Derrick Shelby (groin) and left guard Andy Levitre (left [more]

Dan Quinn says Devonta Freeman is day to day

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman did not play in Sunday’s victory over the Panthers because of the knee injury he suffered in the season opener and a report over the weekend indicated that he’d be out 2-4 weeks before being ready to return. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was asked about that timeline during a [more]

Matt Ryan has two rushing touchdowns for the first time in a long time

I got Matt Ryan on the phone not long after Sunday’s 31-24 win over the Panthers, and I gave him a quick test: “When’s the last time you had two rushing touchdowns in a game?” “I’m not sure I ever have,” Ryan said. At the NFL level, he’s right. During a professional career that dates [more]

Cam Newton on Damontae Kazee ejection: What needed to happen, happened

Falcons safety Damontae Kazee was ejected from Sunday’s victory over the Panthers for a hit to the head of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton while Newton was sliding at the end of a running play in the second quarter. It looked like Kazee had time to go over the top of Newton rather than deliver a [more]

Rams cruise to easy win over Cardinals

It’s possible that neither the Raiders nor the Cardinals are very good at football. But the Rams have played two games, and won them both convincingly, so it may be fair to assume that they are. Sunday, the Rams punched the clock on a workmanlike 34-0 win over the Cardinals. The Los Angeles defense was [more]

Falcons hang on for 31-24 win over sloppy Panthers

Even without Devonta Freeman, the Falcons were still able to run. And even with Steve Sarkisian still ironing out some kinks, the Falcons were able to score in the red zone. The result was an impressive 31-24 win over the Panthers, which leaves both teams 1-1. Tevin Coleman did more than his fair share in [more]

Falcons up 17-10, after fixing red zone woes

For all their well-documented red zone issues last year and in the opener, the Falcons look relatively polished there today. The Falcons are up 17-10 at half, with back-to-back touchdown drives from the dreaded area inside the 20-yard line. Matt Ryan hit rookie receiver Calvin Ridley and tight end Austin Hooper for the touchdown passes [more]

Another week, another unnecessary roughness ejection

For years, NFL officials resisted ejecting players for unnecessary roughness. In the past two weeks, two players have been sent to the showers. The hit from Falcons safety Damontae Kazee on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton resulted in ejection for unnecessary roughness, not for lowering of the helmet and initiating contact. The NFL has confirmed via [more]

Falcons safety Damontae Kazee ejected for hit on Cam Newton

The Falcons were short at safety, and now they’re shorter at the position. Cam Newton had to be taken to the sideline medeical tent for an evaluation, after a helmet-to-helmet hit from Falcons safety Damontae Kazee. Kazee, who was replacing the injured Keanu Neal in the starting lineup, was ejected for the hit. Newton was [more]

Panthers embracing Cam Newton as a runner

Remember when the Panthers were intent on making quarterback Cam Newton not a runner? With one game in the books in the Norv Turner era as the team’s offensive coordinator, Newton ran plenty. In all, he had 13 carries for 58 yards against the Cowboys, making him the team’s leading rusher for the game. At [more]

Week Two early inactives

Every week we bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of the 1 p.m. ET kickoffs. Dolphins at Jets Dolphins: QB Luke Falk, QB David Fales, WR DeVante Parker, CB Cordrea [more]

Devonta Freeman out 2-4 weeks

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman had already been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Panthers, but he’s going to miss more than just that. Freeman will miss 2-4 weeks, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The knee injury Freeman suffered in the Thursday night opener in Week One was initially described as minor, but [more]

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