--A lot of folks on Atlanta sports talk radio are asking, "Where's T.J. Duckett?'' after the running back had little more than a cameo role in the Falcons' 27-13 win at Dallas Sunday.
Duckett's first carry lost
2 yards, and then he wasn't seen again until the middle of the second
half, when he rushed four more times for 25 yards.
suspect Duckett might be in some sort of doghouse, coach Dan Reeves denied that.
He suggests there's no reason that the second-year back won't be part of the
game plan when Atlanta (1-0) plays host to the Redskins (1-0)
"I don't remember exactly what happened," Reeves said.
"I just now that we struggled in the second quarter. [Duckett's] paying
attention, and it wasn't anything that he had done at all. We just weren't
moving the football."
Duckett, whose blocking skills are still
far beneath average, wasn't in the game when the Falcons had four shots, yes
four, from inside Dallas' 3-yard line in the waning minutes of the game. That
seems odd for a 255-pound runner.
Duckett, who seemed to be in
and out of favor a couple times as a rookie last year, is doing nothing to fan
"I was just staying loose. You can't sit down the
whole time, and then just go in the game," he said. "I can't control [when I go
in]. When I get an opportunity, I just go out and play."
Mike Vick is expected to get his broken right fibula X-rayed against Wednesday,
and may try to walk without crutches for the first time since suffering the
injury Aug. 16. He'll still wear his walking cast, though.
Sam Rogers, who suffered a ''chondral lesion" in his left knee in the Falcons'
final preseason game at Cleveland Aug. 28, may return to practice Wedneday
despite the piece of debris floating around in his knee. He missed the opener at
--SS Cory Hall, who missed the Falcons' opener at
Dallas Sunday with a partial tear of his right medial collateral knee ligament,
may practice Wednesday.
--OLB Will Overstreet, who got his first
NFL start in the Falcons' win Sunday at Dallas, has a sprained left shoulder.
His status for this week is uncertain. That's the same shoulder he had
surgically repaired last season after separating it three times.
--CB Tod McBride, who's been out - or at least limited to non-contact portions
of practice -- since the first week of training camp, had five pins removed from
his broken right hand Monday. He may be available for the Falcons' game against
the Redskins Sunday.
--WR LaTarence Dunbar is expected to miss
at least one more week with a serious groin pull. He'd be the Falcons' No. 5 WR
if he were healthy.
--LB Karon Riley played well enough for the
Falcons Sunday at Dallas that the team is not likely to make a roster move this
week even though the status of WLBs Sam Rogers (left knee) and Will Overstreet
(left shoulder) is unclear.
--CB Bryan Scott, the Falcons' first
draft pick in April, and a second-round choice overall, isn't getting on the
field in defensive situations soon unless there are several injuries. He's being
limited to special teams situations as he's behind on the learning curve at
--DL Ed Jasper, who works mostly as the Falcons' nose tackle
and rarely as a tackle when Atlanta goes with four down linemen in passing
situations, make get more chances. He had an outstanding game last Sunday at
Dallas, when he tied ILB Keith Brooking for team honors with nine combined
tackles and assists. He also had two tackles for a loss, a QB pressure, and
blocked a PAT.
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