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 Latest Falcons Player Notes
Dec 31 2018 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones had nine receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown against the Bucs.


Dec 31 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan completed 31 of 44 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns against Tampa Bay. He also caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Mohamed Sanu.


Dec 31 2018 - Matt Bryant
  K Matt Bryant won Sunday's game against Tampa Bay with a 37-yard field goal as time expired. Bryant, 42, finished the season by making 20 of 21 field goals and 33-for-35 on extra points. His only miss came against the Packers.


Dec 30 2018 - Mohamed Sanu
  WR Mohamed Sanu threw a 5-yard option pass to QB Matt Ryan for a touchdown to complete the first drive of the second half.


Dec 30 2018 - Calvin Ridley
  WR Calvin Ridley had five catches in a win over Tampa, including one for a touchdown that gave him the franchise record for touchdown receptions by a rookie (10).


Dec 30 2018 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones had nine receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown in a win against Tampa Bay.


Dec 30 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan completed 31 of 44 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Tampa Bay.


Dec 30 2018 - Matt Bryant
  K Matt Bryant, 42, finished the season by making 20 of 21 field goals and was 33-for-35 on extra points. His only miss came against the Packers.


Dec 26 2018 - Calvin Ridley
  WR Calvin Ridley tied a franchise rookie record for most receiving touchdowns. He has nine touchdowns, which ties him with Junior Miller, a mark set in 1980. His 789 receiving yards leads NFL rookies.


Dec 26 2018 - Desmond Trufant
  CB Desmond Trufant (ankle) is still being bothered by the injury, but should play. He was limited last week and withheld from one practice, but wound up playing.


Dec 26 2018 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones (hip) continues to play through injuries. He received treatment during the game for the problematic ailment last week. Jones is expected to play on Sunday.


Dec 26 2018 - Tevin Coleman
  RB Tevin Coleman strained his groin on Sunday. He will participate in the walk-through on Thursday before they decide whether he will play.


Dec 24 2018 - Bruce Irvin
  DE Bruce Irvin is getting more opportunities. He had a sack on Sunday and has 3.5 sacks since joining the Falcons, all in the last three games. Only Khalil Mack has more sacks during the month of December since 2016.


Dec 24 2018 - Austin Hooper
  TE Austin Hooper came back after missing a game with a knee injury to catch two passes for 36 yards. Hooper was chosen as an alternate to the Pro Bowl.


Dec 24 2018 - Deion Jones
  LB Deion Jones led the team with 14 tackles (eight solo) and one forced fumble. Only two other players (Darius Leonard of Indianapolis and Anthony Hitchens of Kansas City) have two games with 14-plus tackles.


Dec 24 2018 - Calvin Ridley
  WR Calvin Ridley caught a 75-yard touchdown pass against Carolina. It was his ninth touchdown and ties him with Junior Miller (1980) for the most receiving touchdowns by a rookie in team history. He finished the day with three receptions for 90 yards.


Dec 24 2018 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones played through a hip injury and caught four passes for 28 yards and one touchdown. Jones was receiving treatment throughout the game for the injury but is expected to play in the season finale.


Dec 24 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns for a 126.9 rating. He now has 293 touchdown passes and moved past Johnny Unitas and Warren Moon int 13th place on the all-time list. He needs two more to exceed Carson Palmer. Ryan has thrown for 33 touchdowns, his second-most in a single season.


Dec 23 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns and was sacked only one time against Carolina on Sunday. Ryan threw touchdowns to Julio Jones (four catches for 28 yards), Calvin Ridley (three catches for 90 yards) and Mohamed Sanu (five catches for 81 yards).


Dec 23 2018 - *Brian Hill
  RB Brian Hill, who got a chance to play when rookie Ito Smith injured his knee last week and was placed on injured reserve, ran eight times for 115 yards Sunday, not far away from his career total of 164 yards in 16 previous games, and had a long run of 60 yards. "It was exciting," Hill said. "I was excited all week, knowing I was going to get a chance to run the ball. I started out a little shaky out there, but I'm happy I could turn it around."


Dec 21 2018 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones returned to practice Friday but his status remains uncertain for Sunday's game at the Carolina Panthers. Jones was a limited participant in Friday's practice due to a hip injury and Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters he expects his star wideout to be a game-time decision for Sunday. "Usually when he gets some work in on Friday, that's a good thing," Quinn said.


Dec 19 2018 - Grady Jarrett
  DT Grady Jarrett was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in Sunday's 40-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals. He has a career-high six sacks this season.


Dec 18 2018 - Ito Smith
  RB Ito Smith (knee) was placed on reserve/injured by the Falcons Tuesday (Dec. 18). He will miss the remainder of the 2018 season. Smith played in 14 games for the Falcons during his rookie season. The fourth-round draft pick has picked up 315 rushing yards on 90 carries this season, with four rushing touchdowns. Smith's four rushing touchdowns rank seventh among all rookies this season. He is also tied with the third most rushing touchdowns by a rookie running back in franchise history. Smith has also played a role in the passing game, catching 27 passes for 152 yards out of the backfield.


Dec 18 2018 - Jeremy Langford
  RB Jeremy Langford was signed by the Falcons from their practice squad Tuesday (Dec. 18). Langford was selected by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. During his two seasons in the Windy City, Langford posted 737 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns on 210 touches. Langford has spent time on the practice squads of the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins. He has spent the last few weeks on the Falcons practice squad.


Dec 18 2018 - Chris Durant
  T Chris Durant was signed by the Falcons to the practice squad Tuesday (Dec. 18). He had been released by the Redskins from the practice squad Oct. 9. Durant was a three-time all-conference selection at the College of William & Mary. He was a four-year starter at left tackle and finished his career with 36 career starts. He spent time on the Los Angeles Chargers and the Washington Redskins practice squads.


Dec 18 2018 - Christian Blake
  WR Christian Blake was signed by the Falcons to the practice squad Tuesday (Dec. 18). He had been released by the Falcons from the practice squad Sept. 25. Blake was signed by the Falcons following the 2018 draft. He played in 47 career games at Northern Illinois University posting 83 catches for 972 yards and six touchdowns.


Dec 17 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan completed 22 of 36 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns for a rating of 98.3. He ran for a touchdown, giving him a career-high three, and reached 30 passing touchdowns for the third season.


Dec 17 2018 - Ito Smith
  RB Ito Smith hurt his knee on Sunday and will miss the rest of the season. Coach Dan Quinn said Smith did not injury his ACL, but will require surgery that will prevent him from playing in the final two games.


Dec 17 2018 - Deion Jones
  LB Deion Jones intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. It was his third pick-six since 2016, tied for the most in the NFL with Eddie Jackson during that stretch.


Dec 17 2018 - Austin Hooper
  TE Austin Hooper did not play against the Cardinals. His status will be re-evaluated later in the week.


Dec 17 2018 - Bruce Irvin
  DE Bruce Irvin had 1.5 sacks against Arizona. Since 2016, he is tied for the third-most sacks in the NFL during December. He has 9.0 sacks during that time, trailing only Khalil Mack (10.5) and Denico Autry (10.0). He has 2.5 sacks since joining the Falcons.


Dec 17 2018 - Brian Poole
  DB Brian Poole had six tackles (five solo), an interception, a sack and a fumble recovery. He became the sixth player in the NFL and the only cornerback to have a sack, interception and fumble record in a single game.


Dec 16 2018 - Tevin Coleman
  RB Tevin Coleman rushed 11 times for a career-best 145 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' win over the Cardinals on Sunday. He had a career-long 65 yards run and the Falcons ran the ball for a season-best 215 yards. "I thought Tevin, his ability to get on edge was going to be an important factor in this game, where we could find some space to circle the defense," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. "I saw him in the locker room and said I was real proud of him, man, in terms of getting a big one and getting some other ones to go."


Dec 16 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan 22-of-36 passing for 231 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' win over the Cardinals on Sunday. He also ran three times for 18 yards and one touchdown. Ryan connected with eight receivers, with Julio Jones catching six passes for 82 yard and one touchdown and Calvin Ridley grabbing five passes for 42 yards.


Dec 16 2018 - Deion Jones
  LB Deion Jones came up with a 41-yard pick-six in the Falcons' 40-14 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.


Dec 14 2018 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones returned to practice Friday and is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. There was concern about Jones availability for the matchup versus the Cardinals after Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters on Thursday that his star wide receiver was sent home due to illness. In last week's 34-20 setback at Green Bay, Jones had eight receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns, pushing his NFL-best total to 1,429 receiving yards.


Dec 12 2018 - Steven Means
  DL Steven Means got passing marks from head coach Dan Quinn after his most playing time against the Packers. Quinn said Means, who had three tackles, showed the quickness and play-making ability that he has seen in practice.


Dec 12 2018 - Ty Sambrailo
  OL Ty Sambrailo will continue to get some snaps at right tackle. The 2018 draft pick helped improve pass protection, head coach Dan Quinn said.


Dec 12 2018 - Austin Hooper
  TE Austin Hooper injured his ankle against the Packers and did not return to the game. Head coach Dan Quinn said the injury wasn't as bad as feared, but did not put a label on Hooper's availability for the Arizona game.


Dec 12 2018 - Matt Ryan
  QB Matt Ryan has surpassed Peyton Manning for the most passing yards by a player in their first 11 seasons. Ryan has thrown for 45,872 yards in his career that began in 2008.


Dec 12 2018 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones fought through a hand issue last week and caught eight passes for 106 yards. He became the first player in NFL history with five straight seasons of 1,400 yards. Marvin Harrison did it in four consecutive years.


Dec 10 2018 - Logan Paulsen
  TE Logan Paulsen (knee/ankle) missed the game after not participating in practice all week.


Dec 10 2018 - Foyesade Oluokun
  LB Foye Oluokun (knee) was limited in practice all week. He played but was not as effective and made two tackles.


Dec 10 2018 - Bruce Irvin
  DE Bruce Irvin got his first sack since joining the Falcons five games ago. The veteran pass rusher, signed after he was released by the Raiders, has four total sacks this season in 13 games.


Dec 10 2018 - Matt Bryant
  PK Matt Bryant was listed as questionable because of the same problematic right groin injury. The team kept backup Giorgio Tavecchio on the roster, but Bryant was well enough to play. Quinn said Monday that Bryant should be fine for this week's game against Arizona.


Dec 10 2018 - Deion Jones
  LB Deion Jones (foot) was limited in practice all week but played and tied for the team lead with six tackles and defended two passes.


Dec 10 2018 - Austin Hooper
  TE Austin Hooper injured his right knee against the Packers and did not return. Coach Dan Quinn said the injury was not "long-term." Hooper has caught 64 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns and has become one of QB Matt Ryan's favorite targets.


Dec 8 2018 - Vic Beasley
  DE Vic Beasley was fined $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct.


Dec 5 2018 - Julio Jones
  WR Julio Jones is dealing with a hand injury. His status is not known.


Dec 5 2018 - Sharrod Neasman
  S Sharrod Neasman left the Baltimore game with neck and shoulder injuries. His status for Sunday is not known.



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