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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

The Falcons say Dashon Goldson is talking to other teams and knows what his role with the Falcons would be. Rookie Keanu Neal will miss a couple games after Monday knee surgery so Falcons need depth at strong safety. Dan Quinn said Goldson won't be a starter. Healthy Kemal Ishmael would be starter in place of Neal over Goldson if Goldson signs. Apparently not about money but about role for Goldson, so he'd have to accept being a backup.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn emphasized that he's not panicking about the performance in the "dress rehearsal" game vs. Dolphins. Quinn gave Miami credit for its performance.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said on conference call that veteran safety Dashon Goldson had a good workout and the team is talking to Goldson's representatives now. Could sign Goldson with rookie first round pick Keanu Neal set to undergo a knee scope Monday.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

The nine players the Falcons cut ties with today to reach 75 were QB Sean Renfree, S Sergio Brown, TE Arthur Lynch, LB Ivan McLennan, WR Jordan Leslie, OL Michael Huey, RB Gus Johnson, CB Ryan White, and DL Ryan Williams. Cut to 53 is next.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Sean Renfree among players Falcons cut today. Matt Simms the No. 3 behind Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Can now confirm that the Falcons are bringing in veteran safety Dashon Goldson for a visit today, as NFL Network first reported. Goldson last with Redskins after stint with Bucs and 49ers. Falcons looking for help with first rounder Keanu Neal set to undergo knee scope Monday. Kemal Ishmael's progress from shoulder injury might indicate if Falcons turn to veteran such as Goldson.

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Falcons keep making red zone errors

Matt Ryan's interception near the goal line on Friday night was an all too familiar sight. Since 2012, no team has committed more red zone turnovers in a season than last year's Falcons (eight).

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said in a conference call today that rookie strong safety Keanu Neal missing the first three regular season games vs. Tampa Bay, Oakland, and New Orleans would be the worst-case scenario, and he's hopeful Neal will miss just two once the first-round pick undergoes a right knee scope Monday. Quinn optimistic about Kemal Ishmael returning from a shoulder injury to replace Neal.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn said Julio Jones, Adrian Clayborn, and Justin Hardy probably will be limited coming off injuries

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran safety William Moore to me a minute ago: "Absolutely I would love to come home" about wanting to re-sign with the Falcons following injury to Keanu Neal. More from Moore to come.

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Keanu Neal can do it all for Atlanta

Positionless terrors on defense are the league's favorite new trend. Former NFL safety Matt Bowen has a name for them, and Neal ranks higher than all but four others among rookies. Ranking monsterbacks (Insider)

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Initial word is Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn's left shoulder injury is nothing serious. He should be back for season opener. Falcons coach Dan Quinn will address injuries at 2:30 p.m

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Falcons' Neal to have knee surgery, out 3-4 weeks

Keanu Neal suffered a knee injury during Thursday night's game and needs surgery that will sideline him three to four weeks, the Falcons announced Friday.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

As Adam Schefter reported, Falcons first round pick Keanu Neal will have a minor knee scope Monday and will be out three to four weeks, which means he'll at least miss the season opener against Tampa Bay. Neal was set to start at strong safety. His backup, Kemal Ishmael, is out right now with a shoulder injury. And Damian Parms is next on the depth chart. The Falcons cut ties with veteran strong safety William Moore, who remains a free agent.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn will have an MRI on his left shoulder tomorrow

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn obviously not happy with tonight's performance.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Keanu Neal will have his knee examined tomorrow and then will have an update. Quinn said Julio Jones wanted to come back after ankle injury. Jones could be back at practice Sunday.

Team Stats

Passing Yards273.76th
Rushing Yards100.718th
Points For21.2Tied-21st
Points Against21.614th

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