--WR Jimmy Farris suffered a mild concussion on a kickoff in the third quarter, and once he was lost, Atlanta was left with just two wide receivers - Peerless Price and Quentin McCord. This happened because WRs Brian Finneran (broken left hand) and LaTarence Dunbar (groin pull) were unable to play, and coaches decided before the game to de-activate rookie WR Terrence Edwards as well. He was listed as the No. 3 QB just so he could dress out for warmups, and help QBs get their throws. Trying to rally from a three-touchdown deficit, this hurt. "We went into the game with the idea we were gambling there, trying to have [reserve running back] Woody Dantzler active ... instead of going with four wide receivers," coach Dan Reeves said. "And it did hurt us. We lost that three-wide receiver package when [Farris] went down."
--LG Travis Claridge was
replaced at times against the Bucs by Roberto Garza, who was to compete for the
starting center job in training camp. As it stands now, Garza is the Falcons'
backup at C, LG and RG. Claridge had his problems against Bucs DT Warren Sapp,
but so did Garza. "We're going to continue to play Roberto because he's one snap
away from playing in three different positions [left and right guard, or
center]," Reeves said. "He [didn't have] much of a training camp [because of a
left triceps injury] so we're going to continue to play him."
--WLB Sam Rogers struggled at times in Sunday's game against the Bucs because of
pain in his left knee. He suffered cartilage damage in the preseason finale,
Aug. 28 at Cleveland, and will need surgery to repair the damage to the chondral
cartilage, or cartilage that grows on the bone rather than between it. If he has
surgery before that, it will end his season as this is a far more aggravating
injury than the standard cartilage tear. He plans to keep playing through the
--K Jay Feely made a 29-yard field goal Sunday against the
Bucs, but he also pushed wide right a 44-yard try. After missing a 45-yard try a
week earlier against the Redskins, he has now made 36 of 50 field goals in the
Georgia Dome since 2001. He's hit a whopping 29 of 33 on the road. Coach Dan
Reeves may be losing patience with a very good kicker, who has a strange problem
in home games. "He's had two missed field goals that really hurt," Reeves said.
"We've got to get it resolved because we're the type of team that needs to get
points from wherever we have the opportunity. It should be an easy place to kick
because there isn't any wind."
--RB Woody Dantzler scored his
second NFL touchdown in the third quarter when he lined up under center, and
swept right, darting into the end zone on a 1-yard carry. He also took a shotgun
snap in Sunday's game, and was part of a botched option play in the second half.
With QB Doug Johnson struggling, some wonder if the former Clemson quarterback
is a candidate to play the position while the Falcons wait for injured QB Mike
Vick to heal. Forget that. He may be involved in some more trick plays, but he's
not going to become a regular quarterback.
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