Falcons Mid-Week Wrap

Practice notes and team news heading into week three of the 2003 NFL season.

--Before practice Wednesday, Reeves was wearing a University of Georgia hat Monday after losing a bet with rookie WR Terrence Edwards. Their alma maters played last Saturday, the Bulldogs whipping South Carolina. A week ago, defensive end Patrick Kerney lost a similar bet with Reeves when Virginia, his alma mater, lost to South Carolina.
   --CB Tod McBride, who's been out since breaking his right thumb/hand early in training camp, will play against the Bucs. He was signed as an unrestricted free agent (from Green Bay) in the offseason in part because team officials wanted bigger cornerbacks to match up against Tampa Bay's big receivers, chiefly Joe Jurevicius. But the 6-foot-5 Jurevicius is out with a sprained knee, and McBride's role may be limited in his first action in a long time.
   --Woody Dantzler has been with the Falcons long enough now that if quarterbacks Doug Johnson and Kurt Kittner were injured in a game, he'd be likely to take some snaps there. The former Clemson QB was claimed off waivers from Dallas Sept. 1.
   In fact, Dantzler, who's been working at RB, may be able to help Atlanta on offense now, too, even if there are no more injuries at QB. If he plays, it would most likely be in some unusual situations.
   --FS Keion Carpenter, who missed last Sunday's game against Washington with a strained left hamstring, returned to practice Wednesday and is likely to play against Tampa Bay. He should make a significant difference, as his replacement last Sunday against Washington - Kevin McCadam - was making his first career start in the position and struggled at times to make the right calls in the secondary.
   --SS Cory Hall, who missed the Falcons' first two games with a sprained right, returned to practice and is expected to play against the Bucs. He may be a better coverage option than Gerald McBurrows, but almost certainly will afford defensive coordinator Wade Phillips more blitz options.
   --RB T.J. Duckett, who rushed 24 times for a combined 99 yards in two games against Tampa Bay last year, suffered an undetermined thigh injury in practice Wednesday. His status was unclear.
   --S Kevin McCadam, one of the Falcons' top special teams players, strained a hamstring in practice Wednesday. His status was unclear.
   --QB Mike Vick (broken right fibula) is still wearing a removable cast and using crutches. "It ain't really about the X-rays anymore," he said. "It's more about me just walking on my own. That's the problem. Too early to tell now [when he might return to the playing field], man, but I'm hoping sometime in the middle of next month I'll be back and ready to lead this football team."

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