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1-1, 2nd in NFC South
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9hVaughn McClure

Falcons place OL Levitre on IR with triceps injury

The Falcons have lost starting left guard Andy Levitre for the season with a triceps injury, the team announced Tuesday. Wes Schweitzer will replace Levitre in the lineup Sunday against New Orleans.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn on Andy Levitre being placed on season-ending IR: ``After receiving the tests results on Andy's injury from Sunday's game, it has been determined that he will miss the remainder of the season with a triceps injury. Andy worked extremely hard to get back on the field after a similar injury last year, and there is no doubt his leadership will continue to be felt this year. We have a ton of respect for Andy and what he stands for, and what he means to our team.”

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman said everyone did a great job blocking and creating holes for his 100-yard day vs. Panthers. Prime example was on this outside zone play to the open side from the Falcons' 10-yard line which went for a 19-gain by Coleman. Falcons, with Coleman running strong as starter in place of Devonta Freeman (knee) and rookie Ito Smith showing his talent, currently rank sixth in the NFL after two games with average of 4.88 yards per rush. Next opponent, the Saints, allow just 3.36 yards per rush, which ranks fourth best in league. But Saints are the absolute worst in pass defense, surrendering 10.67 yards per pass play.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Takk McKinley didn't expand much on not being on the field late in the game. Appeared to be dragging his leg a little in the locker room.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons get a 31-24 win over Panthers to improve to 1-1 on season. Matt Ryan leads the way completing 23 of 28 passes for 272 yards with two touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns and passer rating of 116.1. Next up for Falcons are rival Saints (1-1) at home next Sunday.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan is 14 of 17 for 135 yards with 2 TDS, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 139 in the first half as Falcons lead Panthers, 17-10. Six different receivers have catches, led by Austin Hooper with four on four targets. Marvin Hall and Calvin Ridley have catches for 20-plus yards.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons inactive vs. Panthers: RB Devonta Freeman, CB Isaiah Oliver, DE Steven Means, G Ben Garland, T Matt Gono, WR Russell Gage, DT Justin Zimmer.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons Tevin Coleman should get the bulk of the running back load with Devonta Freeman (kne contusion) sidelined a few weeks. With Panthers today and Saints next week, Coleman's career numbers vs. the NFC South are: 108 rushes, 465 yards, 6 TDs, 21 first downs, long 55 yards, 1 fumble; 26 receptions, 31 targets, 303 receiving yards, 3 TDs, 0 drops. Look for Coleman in the screen game today to avert Panthers' rush.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what Grady Jarrett told me a few days ago about the play on Nick Foles that resulted in a $20,054 fine: ``I feel like not power-driving him into the ground is fair. I feel like not intentionally hitting him in the head is fair. Form tackle, like I asked when the refs came to speak to us, I don't think that's fair to call roughing. And we've seen that happen a lot. But what are you going to do, cry about the call? That's something that we hope they take into more consideration as far as not being so quick to pull it. If they want to do that, they might as well go to two-hand touch. When we touch a quarterback, just be a sack then. You know what I'm saying? So just be fair on both ends of it.'' We'll see if any such scenarios arise Sunday vs. Cam Newton.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons tight end Eric Saubert was fined $10,026 for grabbing a facemask on special teams during the Falcons' season-opening loss at Philadelphia. Saubert said he plans to appeal the fine.

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5dVaughn McClure

Falcons' Freeman ruled out with knee injury

Falcon's running back Tevin Coleman will get the start against the Panther after starter Devonta Freeman was ruled out because of a knee injury suffered against the Eagles in the opener.

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5d

Georgia moves up kickoff as storm approaches

Georgia moved kickoff for Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee to noon because of concern about the impact of Hurricane Florence. Athens could be hit by outer bands of the storm Sunday.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian about criticism directed toward him: ``I chose this profession. I love what I get to do. I've had a life of awesome experiences in this sport. And I've been through other things in my personal life that, because somebody wants to type something on Twitter, if that affects me one way or another, positive or negative, I'm a pretty fragile individual if that's the case.''

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons Duke Riley on the possibility of teams such as Carolina coming after him while he's replacing Deion Jones (foot) at MLB: ``I hope so. I want them to come after me. Please! I'm ready for whatever.''

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons also promoted RB Brian Hill from practice squad. We'll see if that has anything to do with Devonta Freeman's status this week coming off a knee injury. Freeman was expected to be "good to go" after suffering the knee injury vs. the Eagles. WR Julian Williams added to practice squad and DT Jacob Tuioti-Mariner waived from practice squad.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons place LB Deion Jones on injured reserve as Jones will have a procedure on his foot. He is expected back sometime this season, Dan Quinn said. Jones suffered the injury in a season-opening loss to Eagles. Duke Riley could move into Jones' role at MLB. Falcons now have two Pro Bowlers from last season on IR: Jones and strong safety Keanu Neal. Neal won't be back after tearing his ACL

Team Stats

Passing Yards248.516th
Rushing Yards122.08th
Points For21.5
Points Against21.0Tied-12th

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