December 2009 - Atlanta Falcons Wiretap
Falcons Give McKay Five-Year Extension
The Falcons have signed president Rich McKay to a five-year contract extension. McKay is currently in his sixth season as Atlanta's president. He was relieved of his general manager duties after the 2007 season. He is co-chair of the league's powerful competition committee along with Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher.
Ryan Misses Practice, Expected To Play
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been limited in practice this week, but still expects to play against the Bills on Sunday. "I'm feeling pretty good. I'm getting a little better every day, which is a good thing," Ryan said. "I'm just doing everything that I can at this point to get it back to where I can go back out there and play well." A toe injury has prevented Ryan from participating fully in practice since the week of a 20-17 win over Tampa Bay. He missed two games, home losses to Philadelphia and New Orleans, before returning last week.
Turner: Jets Targeted My Ankle
Falcons running back Michael Turner lasted just one carry against the Jets on Sunday. On Atlanta's first play, Turner rushed for seven yards before New York safety Jimmy Leonhard hit the runner in his troublesome right ankle. "I'm not in their minds so I'm not going to say what they are trying to do," Turner said. "That's what it looks like, but I've got to expect it. I was just hoping that my ankle was strong enough to take it." Turner, who rushed for 1,699 yards last season, has 871 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns with two games to play.
Falcons Out Of Playoff Race
The Falcons were eliminated from the NFC postseason race on Saturday night when the Cowboys defeated the Saints. Atlanta will face the Jets on Sunday afternoon and their elimination from the playoff race could mean they'll rest their stars to ensure they'll be healthy for 2010. Matt Ryan (toe) and Michael Turner (ankle) have been hobbled lately.
Dunn Buys Ownership Stake In Falcons
Warrick Dunn is buying a stake in his former team, the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons announced Thursday that Dunn, who retired after the 2008 season, had an agreement to become a minority owner. The purchase was unanimously approved by NFL owners on Wednesday and is expected to be completed by March 1.
Babineaux Smoking Marijuana While Driving Says Police
A police report says Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was smoking marijuana as he and a friend drove through the northeast Atlanta suburbs. The Gwinnett County police report says Babineaux picked up a friend at the Atlanta airport and took him to a nearby town house to buy marijuana. It says Babineaux repeatedly told police he didn't smoke, then admitted he had smoked from a marijuana blunt at least once. Babineaux was arrested last week and charged with felony possession of marijuana. He started in Sunday's loss to New Orleans.
Babineaux: I'm Not Guilty Of Charges
Falcons defensive end Jonathan Babineaux says he's not guilty of felony marijuana possession. Babineaux said in a statement Saturday that he and his family "have faith that you will see I'm not guilty." He was arrested during a traffic stop Thursday night and charged with possession of 1 1/2 ounces of marijuana.
Babineaux Charged With Drug Possession
Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was arrested on Thursday night for felony possession of marijuana. Babineaux has been charged with 1 1/2 ounces of marijuana. "I don't think it's going to be a distraction," Atlanta coach Mike Smith said. "This is a strong group of men in this locker room. We all have a job to do and we're going to go out and do it." Babineaux, who has five sacks and two forced fumbles this season, practiced on Friday.
Matt Ryan Could Be Done For Season
The Falcons could be without quarterback Matt Ryan for the remainder of the season because of a toe injury. Ryan has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints. Dr. Steven Weinfeld, the chief of foot and ankle surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, said that while a turf toe sounds like a minor injury it actually takes a while to heal. "These ligaments take about eight to 12 weeks to heal," said Dr. Weinfeld. "It's very hard to keep a professional athlete out of the game for that long, but that's usually how long they take to heal." Ryan suffered his injury early in the Falcons' Nov. 29 game against the Buccaneers.
Vick Will 'Never Forget' Return To Atlanta
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had his best game of the season in his most meaningful one on Sunday. Vick returned to Atlanta for the first time since his legal woes interrupted his NFL career a few years ago. He accounted for two touchdowns in Philadelphia's win, a five-yard run and a five-yard pass against his former team. "I will never forget this day," Vick said. "I'll never forget coming back to the city of Atlanta. I'll never forget seeing all the landmarks I saw every day for six years. ... You don't always get a chance to experience something like this in a lifetime and it's something I'm going to cherish."
Vick Scores First TD Of 2009 In Atlanta
Michael Vick has run for and thrown a touchdown against his former team.
Vick Named Captain Against Falcons
Michael Vick was a captain on Sunday against the Falcons.