Atlanta Tuesday Tidbits

Tuesday news and notes on the Atlanta Falcons.

With Falcons split end Peerless Price all but demanding the ball Monday, even more attention will be paid to Atlanta's prized offseason acquisition when the Buccaneers visit the Georgia Dome.
   Price has just four receptions for 58 yards in his first two games with the Falcons. That's not what you expect when you trade a first-round pick to Buffalo, and then sign Price to a seven-year contract worth up to $42 million or so. But coach Dan Reeves is taking the high road so far as there has to date been no war of words.
   "I think, first of all, we had a bunch of plays called for Peerless [Sunday against the Redskins]," Reeves said. "But on offense ... when you start to force things, that can take away from the other things that you're doing. [Sunday], they had Champ Bailey on him, and it should have opened up for other players. But when you go against the best corner in the league right now ... that's like banging your head against the wall."
   And so, the Falcons and backup quarterback Doug Johnson, who's subbing for the injured Mike Vick (whose broken right fibula probably will keep him out until a Oct. 13 game at St. Louis at the least), will keep trying to find their money man.
   "I think [Price] is working extremely hard, and that's all you can ask," Reeves said. "I think a lot of things can happen, and you get frustrated when you lose. I think his frustration is he is open, and the ball isn't going to him for whatever reason. Those are things we have to work on."
   --WR Quentin McCord had no catches in his first NFL start last Sunday against the Redskins, but blocked well downfield, which coach Dan Reeves considers especially important for his flankers. The shifty McCord figures to remain the starter while Brian Finneran's broken left hand mends, and team officials show no inclination to try to sign another wideout.
   --SLB Sam Rogers, who suffered a "chondral lesion" in his left knee in the Falcons' final preseason game at Cleveland Aug. 28, started last Sunday against Washington and plans to keep playing as long as his knee will let him. There's damage to cartilage and bone in his knee. Two different kinds of surgery are available to him, but either one would end his season so he's going to play with pain.
   --SS Cory Hall, who missed the Falcons' first two games, said he was going to practice last week and then play against Washington. Two strikes. But Hall, who's recovering from a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee, has been cleared to practice this week.
   --OLB Will Overstreet, who got his first NFL start in the Falcons' win Sept. 7 at Dallas, has a staph infection in his left elbow. He said Monday, though, that he thinks he'll play Sunday against the Bucs.
   --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 Sept. 8. After missing the Falcons' entire preseason and first two regular season games, he's expected to play Sunday against Tampa Bay. Some observers are speculating he might even start in place of RCB Tyrone Williams, who has played poorly since joining Atlanta last winter from the Packers.

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