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Report: Atlanta Falcons Investigated For “Fake” Crowd Noise

Report: Atlanta Falcons Investigated For “Fake” Crowd Noise Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA, Ga.) -- While national attention has been drawn to the New England Patriots and underinflated footballs, another NFL team is being investigated for cheating. The Atlanta Falcons are accused of projecting artificial crowd noise into the Georgia Dome over the past two seasons, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "We were informed during the season that the league office is looking into crowd noise during our games," a Falcons team spokesman said. "We have cooperated fully with them, and we're awaiting the outcome." The Falcons are alleged to have played phony crowd noise while the opposing team huddled to call its play.  In a similar fashion to deflated footballs, some question how much of an advantage was gained. Many teams now utilize a silent count by which the offense begins their play based on when the center snaps the ball, rather than the quarterback starting the play with an audible sound. The Falcons are 6-10 the past two seasons at home.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Dan Quinn to Be Named Falcons Head Coach

Report: Dan Quinn to Be Named Falcons Head Coach Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images (ATLANTA, Ga.) -- Once the Super Bowl has concluded, the Atlanta Falcons are expected to name Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as their head coach, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Quinn, 44, has served as defensive coordinator of the Seahawks defense for the past two seasons after replacing Gus Bradley, who took the head job with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Falcons have already named Kyle Shanahan as the team’s offensive coordinator, though it has been rumored that his hiring is contingent on Quinn being hired. Raheem Morris, a former player of Quinn at Hofstra in 1990, will likely join the Falcons as defensive coordinator.  Morris was previously head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-2011. Quinn has been in a bit of a tricky situation because of NFL rules. As a member of a coaching staff that is actively in the postseason, Quinn was only available to interview during the Seahawks bye weeks -- the wild card round and this week leading up to the Super Bowl.  No team was able to hire him until the Seahawks season concluded. He will replace Mike Smith, who served as Falcons head coach for the past seven seasons.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Falcons Fire Head Coach Mike Smith

Falcons Fire Head Coach Mike Smith David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After seven seasons on the job, the Atlanta Falcons have fired head coach Mike Smith. Despite heading into Sunday's game at 6-9, they had a chance to win the NFC South against the Carolina Panthers. They wound up losing 34-4, and that was the final straw for Smith in Atlanta. "Smitty's contributions to our club, team and city over the last seven years are numerous," team owner Arthur Blank said in a release. "His accomplishments on the field made him the most successful coach in the 49-year history of the Falcons, and we are grateful for the foundation he has laid for us for the future." Smith won double-digit games in four of his first five seasons in Atlanta, including a 13-3 record in 2012. The team experienced little playoff success despite the team going 66-46 under Smith. Atlanta made the playoffs four times under Smith, but went just 1-4 in the postseason. Smith is the Falcons' all-time coaching wins leader. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Panthers Crush Falcons to Win NFC South

Panthers Crush Falcons to Win NFC South Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Tre Boston and Roman Harper both had pick-6s, and Cam Newton ran and threw for a touchdown as the Carolina Panthers humiliated the Atlanta Falcons 34-3 Sunday to win the NFC South.The Panthers (7-8-1) become the first team since 2010 to make the playoffs with a losing record."The beautiful thing -- record doesn't matter," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. "That's the best part."The Panthers hurried Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throughout the game, pressuring him on 21 of his passes and sacking him six times.The Falcons (6-10) would have made the playoffs with a win but couldn't get anything going offensively.  Star receiver Julio Jones only had four catches for 58 yards.Carolina returns to the playoffs for the second straight season and improves its record in December to 15-3 under coach Rivera. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Falcons Sweep Saints; Set Up NFC South Title Bout with Panthers

Falcons Sweep Saints; Set Up NFC South Title Bout with Panthers Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS, La) -- With the season sweep of the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons guaranteed that the winner of the NFC South will have a losing record. The Falcons defeated the Saints 30-14 Sunday, giving both teams a 6-9 record on the season. Matt Ryan led the Atlanta charge, completing 30 of 40 passes for 322 yards and one touchdown pass to Eric Weems.  Julio Jones returned from injury and looked in fine form, as he caught seven passes for 107 yards. Drew Brees and the Saints offense continued their season-long inconsistencies. Jimmy Graham fumbled on the Falcons' 1-yard line in the fourth quarter, and Drew Brees threw two interceptions, including one to Robert McClain that set up an Atlanta field goal. The Falcons will host the Carolina Panthers (6-8-1) next week in Atlanta, with the winner earning the NFC South crown.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Packers Stay Strong at Home Against Falcons

Packers Stay Strong at Home Against Falcons Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wi.) -- The Green Bay Packers maintained home dominance with a 43-37 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Monday night. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers continued his MVP-like season, completing 24 of 36 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns.  The Packers also leaned on their running game to keep the Falcons off balance.  Eddie Lacy and James Starks each ran for a touchdown and combined for 148 yards on 23 carries.  The Falcons fell behind early, surrendering a 24 point lead at halftime. Julio Jones helped lead an Atlanta rally, catching a career best 259 yards on 11 catches, including a 22-yard touchdown that contributed to a 20 point Falcons fourth quarter. Green Bay (10-3) has won all seven of their home games so far this season, scoring at least 38 points in four of their last five games in Lambeau. Their final home game will be in week 17 against the Detroit Lions, who are one game behind the Packers in the NFC North at 9-4.    Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/8/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: New Jersey Devils 2 (11-13-4, 26pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (8-16-3, 19pts) New York Rangers 4 (12-10-4, 28pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (18-6-3, 39pts) - OT NBA: Atlanta Hawks 108 (14-6) - Indiana Pacers 92 (7-14) Cleveland Cavaliers 110 (12-7) - Brooklyn Nets 88 (8-11) Toronto Raptors 112 (16-5) - Denver Nuggets 107 (9-12) - OT Washington Wizards 133 (14-6) - Boston Celtics 132 (7-12) - 2OT Golden State Warriors 102 (18-2) - Minnesota Timberwolves 86 (4-16) Top 25 College Basketball: (15) Butler 93 (8-1) - Kennesaw St. 51 (3-7) (20) Miami 70 (9-1) - Savannah State 39 (3-7) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Monday Night Football Preview

Monday Night Football Preview Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wisc.) -- The Green Bay Packers will host the Atlanta Falcons on Monday in a battle of two first place teams. Green Bay is coming off an impressive 26-21 win over the Patriots last Sunday and quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows how critical winning in the final stretch of the season is. "We have some big goals, and we're getting into December football now with a chance with everything right in front of us," Rodgers said. Rodgers has completed 66.3 percent of his passes and has thrown 32 touchdowns this year.. "No disrespect to any quarterback in the NFL, but right now he's at a level that much higher than anybody else," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said this week.  "I don't know that there's been a quarterback that's had a stretch like he's had in the history of the NFL."  The Falcons have won their last three out of four games, but are 2-4 on the road this year. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Cundiff Does It Again, Browns Beat Falcons Late

Cundiff Does It Again, Browns Beat Falcons Late Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Cleveland Browns let a nine point fourth quarter lead slip away, but kicker Billy Cundiff hit another game winning field goal as time expired to give his team a 26-24 win over the Falcons on Sunday. Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer threw three picks, but found a way to lead his team down the field in the final minute to set up the Cundiff game winner. Browns Josh Gordon pulled in eight passes for 127 yards in his first game since being suspended for 10 games due to violating the NFL substance abuse policy. "I knew the guys weren't going to quit on me," Gordon said. "I definitely wasn't going to quit on them." Hoyer admitted that he was not happy with his performance even though the Browns came out with the win. "Nothing to lose, really," Hoyer said when asked about the final drive. "Go out and play fearless. That's all I have at that point." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/16/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/16/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 11: Kansas City Chiefs 24 (7-3) – Seattle Seahawks 20 (6-4) Atlanta Falcons 19 (4-6) – Carolina Panthers 17 (3-7-1) Cincinnati Bengals 27 (6-3-1) – New Orleans Saints 10 (4-6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 (2-8) – Washington Redskins 7 (3-7) St. Louis Rams 22 (4-6) – Denver Broncos 7 (7-3) San Francisco 49ers 16 (6-4) – New York Giants 10 (3-7) Chicago Bears 21 (4-6) – Minnesota Vikings 13 (4-6) Houston Texans 23 (5-5) – Cleveland Browns 7 (6-4) Arizona Cardinals 14 (9-1) - Detroit Lions 6 (7-3) Green Bay Packers 53 (7-3) - Philadelphia Eagles 20 (7-3) San Diego Chargers 13 (6-4) - Oakland Raiders 6 (0-10) NBA: New York Knicks 109 (3-8) – Denver Nuggets 93 (2-7) Milwaukee Bucks 91 (5-5) – Miami Heat 84 (5-5) Houston Rockets 69 (9-1) - Oklahoma City Thunder 65 (3-8) NHL: San Jose Sharks 2 (10-8-2; 22pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 0 (5-9-3; 13pts) Minnesota Wild 4 (10-7-0; 20pts) – Winnipeg Jets 3 (9-7-3; 21pts) OT Chicago Blackhawks 6 (10-7-1; 21pts) - Dallas Stars 2 (6-8-4; 16pts) Florida Panthers 6 (6-4-5; 17pts) - Anaheim Ducks 2 (11-4-4; 26pts) Montreal Canadiens 4 (14-4-1; 29pts) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (8-4-5; 21pts) Top 25 Men’s College Basketball:  (1) Kentucky 71 (2-0) – Buffalo 52 (1-1) (2) Arizona 86 (2-0) - CS Northridge 68 (0-2) (3) Wisconsin 89 (2-0) – Chattanooga 45 (1-1) (6) North Carolina 103 (2-0) – Robert Morris 59 (0-2) (9) Virginia 67 (2-0) – Norfolk State 39 (1-1) (10) Texas 85 (2-0) - Alcorn State 53 (0-2) (19) Oklahoma 78 (1-0) – Southeastern Louisiana 53 (0-2) (21) Nebraska 80 (1-0) – Northern Kentucky 61 (0-2) (23) Syracuse 65 (2-0) – Hampton 47 (0-2) Holy Cross 58 (1-0) – (25) Harvard 57 (1-1) NASCAR: Kevin Harvick captured the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship on Sunday with a win in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Falcons Collapse in London, Lose to Lions 22-21

Falcons Collapse in London, Lose to Lions 22-21 Leon Halip/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Atlanta Falcons led at halftime over the Lions 21-0. When they looked up at the clock as the game was over, the score favored Detroit 22-21. The Falcons suffered a defensive breakdown with 4:38 to go in the third quarter as Golden Tate ran past two Atlanta defenders and caught a 59-yard bomb from Matt Stafford, closing Atlanta's early lead to 21-10. On the ensuing drive, with pressure in his face quarterback Matt Ryan threw a terrible inteception to Lions cornerback Cassius Vaughn.  "In my mind, that kind of cost us the ball game," Ryan said. "I was trying to throw the ball away and I never saw him." The Falcons defense remained stought and held the Lions to a field goal. The Lions would score another touchdown in the fourth quarter when Matt Stafford found Theo Riddick on a five yard completion. The score was now 21-19 after Detroit missed a two point attempt to tie the game. The Falcons would try to run the clock out with a poorly executed drive. With less than two minutes to go the Falcons commited a holding penalty that would stop the clock at 1:55.  On the next play, Matt Ryan attempted a screen to Julio Jones, who dropped the ball.  Atlanta would punt the ball inside Detroit's ten yard line. Detroit would march down the field with little resistance.  Settling at Atlanta's 25 yard line, Detroit lined up for a field goal and newly signed kick Matt Prater pushed the ball wide right.  Atlanta ran on the field in celebration only to find out a whistle had blown. The Lions were called for a delay of game penalty: the kick was negated.  Prater got a second chance and drilled it though the uprights. That's football. He missed it and there was a delay of game penalty," Mike Smith, Falcons head coach said after the loss. "Thought we were going to squeak one out. Obviously we didn't."   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Joe Flacco: Still Have to Put the Work In

Joe Flacco: Still Have to Put the Work In Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens will have the spotlight to themselves after the Orioles were knocked out of the ALCS by the Royals on Wednesday. Fresh off throwing five touchdown passes, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is making sure his team does everything they can to prepare the right way after blowing out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday. Flacco said the biggest challenge the team will face after an easy win is "coming in here and reminding yourself and everybody to put the work in. I think that comes naturally for us, it's something we're good at doing, once you get out there on Sunday everything takes care of itself." Concerning Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Flacco said: "We were in the same class. As long as you're still talking about us, we're somewhat relevant, so I guess that's a good thing.  It's nice to see that we are still relevant." Ravens head coach John Harbaugh knows the Falcons will be hungry for a win after losing three in a row. "Atlanta's good. They're going to be on turf, so they're going to be fast," Harbaugh said. "They've got big, fast receivers. They've got fast running backs, and they got a quarterback that drives the whole thing. That's an explosive football team, and we've got to be ready for them." The Ravens will host the Atlanta Falcons, who are 0-3 on the road this season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Falcons Prepare for Vikings

Falcons Prepare for Vikings Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings on Sunday. Minnesota will be sending out rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for his first career start after veteran Matt Cassel was injured last weekend and ruled out for the remainder of the season. "It's a lifelong dream to play and start in this league," Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said of Bridgewater making his first start.  "It's a really special day; it's one that you'll never forget.  I think Teddy will do a great job." Falcons head coach Mike Smith knows that facing a rookie quarterback will be tough for his defense. "We've got a challenge in my mind with an athletic quarterback to be able to keep him in the pocket," Smith said after Monday's practice. "He is very athletic. ... He was able to make some plays with his feet. That's another dynamic. ... I think you'll see they want to put the ball in his hands and give him some run-pass options. That's one of his strengths, the ability to extend plays, and he did a great job as a college quarterback extending plays. We'll have to do some different things in preparing for him, in regards to pass rush and pass-rush lanes." Atlanta is averaging 34.3 points per game this season and Ryan went 21 of 24 and threw three touchdowns in their 56-14 rout of the Rams last Thursday. "They've got a lot of weapons," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said.  "We're going to have to do a great job of being in the right place.  We have to make sure we're in the right position of coverage all day."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Falcons Stomp Bucs 56-14

Falcons Stomp Bucs 56-14 Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons scored 35 first-half points en route to a 56-14 stomping of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night. The game was out of reach by the end of the first quarter, when the Falcons scored 21 points, 14 of them on Matt Ryan touchdown passes. Ryan finished the game completing 21 of 24 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns.                                                     Falcons receiver Devin Hester scored twice, the second time on a 62-yard punt return that moved him ahead of Deion Sanders for the most return touchdowns in NFL history. "It's tough to break the record of the guy who is my No. 1 mentor," Hester said. "I'm kind of emotional right now."Tampa Bay (0-3) turned the ball over five times and mustered only 217 yards of offense in the loss. Julio Jones caught nine passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns for Atlanta, which improves its record to 2-1. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/18/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (5) Auburn 20 (3-0) – (20) Kansas State 14 (2-1) NFL: Atlanta Falcons 56 (2-1) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-3) MLB: Texas Rangers 7 (60-92) – Oakland Athletics 2 (83-69) Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (82-70) – Boston Red Sox 2 (66-87) New York Yankees 3 (78-74) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-75) Washington Nationals 6 (88-64) – Miami Marlins 2 (74-78) San Diego Padres 7 (71-81) - Philadelphia Phillies 3 (70-83) Colorado Rockies 7 (62-91) - Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (62-91) Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (87-66) - Chicago Cubs 4 (68-85) Cleveland Indians 2 (79-73) - Houston Astros 1 (67-86) -13 Innings St. Louis Cardinals 3 (85-68) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (79-74) - 13 Innings Seattle Mariners 3 (82-70) - Los Angeles Angels 1 (95-58) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bryant’s Kick KO’s Saints in OT

Bryant’s Kick KO’s Saints in OT Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Matt Bryant's 52 yard field goal 1:43 into overtime clinched the Atlanta Falcons 37-34 victory over their division rival New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Saints had the ball first in overtime, but receiver Marques Colston fumbled the ball, allowing the Falcons the chance to win on a field goal. Before overtime, it was the Matt Ryan show: the Falcons quarterback threw for a franchise-record 448 yards and three touchdowns in the win. "He's played a lot of games, made a lot of plays for us," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "But I was really impressed with his ability to extend some plays by moving around in the pocket. And he was very, very accurate. When you have (568 yards) of total offense and 448 through the air, your quarterback is playing well." Julio Jones was on the receiving end of many of Ryan's passes. After missing most of last season with a broken foot, Jones returned to the field catching seven balls for 116 yards. Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29 of 42 passes for 333 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Miami Dolphins 33 (1-0) - New England Patriots 20 (0-1)  Carolina Panthers 20 (1-0) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-1)  Houston Texans 17 (1-0) - Washington Redskins 6 (0-1)  Tennessee Titans 26 (1-0) - Kansas City Chiefs 10 (0-1)  Cincinnati Bengals 23 (1-0) - Baltimore Ravens 16 (0-1)  Buffalo Bills 23 (1-0) - Chicago Bears 20 (0-1) - OT New York Jets 19 (1-0) - Oakland Raiders 14 (0-1)  Philadelphia Eagles 34 (1-0) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (0-1)  Minnesota Vikings 34 (1-0) - St. Louis Rams 6 (0-1) Pittsburgh Steelers 30 (1-0) - Cleveland Browns 27 (0-1)  Atlanta Falcons 37 (1-0) - New Orleans Saints 34 (0-1) - OT Denver Broncos 31 (1-0) - Indianapolis Colts 24 (0-1) MLB: Houston Astros 4 (63-80) - Oakland Athletics 3 (80-62)  Texas Rangers 1 (54-89) - Seattle Mariners 0 (78-64)  Colorado Rockies 6 (59-84) - San Diego Padres 0 (66-76)  Los Angeles Angels 14 (87-55) - Minnesota Twins 4 (61-82)  Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (81-62) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-84)  Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (74-68) - Chicago Cubs 4 (64-79)  Baltimore Orioles 7 (83-59) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (69-75) - 11 Innings St. Louis Cardinals 9 (79-64) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (74-69)  Toronto Blue Jays 3 (73-69) - Boston Red Sox 1 (63-80)  Washington Nationals 3 (80-61) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (66-76)  Kansas City Royals 2 (79-62) - New York Yankees 0 (73-68)  Cleveland Indians 2 (74-67) - Chicago White Sox 0 (63-79) Miami Marlins 4 (69-72) - Atlanta Braves 0 (74-69)  New York Mets 4 (68-75) - Cincinnati Reds 3 (67-76)  Detroit Tigers 6 (78-65) - San Francisco Giants 1 (78-65) Tennis: (1) Serena Williams defeats (10) Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to win the US Open PGA: Billy Horschel wins the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Tampa Bay Rays 4 (56-59) - Chicago Cubs 3 (49-64) 10 Innings Baltimore Orioles 12 (66-49) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (61-53) New York Mets 5 (55-61) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (52-64) Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (62-53) - San Diego Padres 1 (52-62) Miami Marlins 2 (56-59) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (59-57) Detroit Tigers 5 (63-50) - Toronto Blue Jays 4 (61-56) New York Yankees 10 (61-54) - Cleveland Indians 6 (57-59)  Kansas City Royals 4 (61-53) - San Francisco Giants 2 (62-54) Milwaukee Brewers 9 (64-52) - Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (66-51) Atlanta Braves 7 (59-56) - Washington Nationals 6 (62-52) Houston Astros 4 (48-68) - Texas Rangers 3 (45-70) Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (50-66) - Colorado Rockies 3 (45-70) Oakland Athletics 6 (71-44) - Minnesota Twins 5 (51-63) Seattle Mariners 4 (61-54) - Chicago White Sox 1 (55-62) Boston Red Sox 4 (51-64) - Los Angeles Angels 2 (67-48) NFL Preseason: Atlanta Falcons 16 (1-0) - Miami Dolphins 10 (0-1) Jacksonville Jaguars 16 (1-0) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 (0-1) Buffalo Bills 20 (1-0) - Carolina Panthers 18 (0-1) Minnesota Vikings 10 (1-0) - Oakland Raiders 6 (0-1) New Orleans Saints 26 (1-0) - St. Louis Rams 24 (0-1)  Chicago Bears 34 (1-0) - Philadelphia Eagles 28 (0-1) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio   

Falcons Reward Roddy White with Four-Year Extension

Falcons Reward Roddy White with Four-Year Extension Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the longest tenured members of the Atlanta Falcons is sticking around even longer as the team has agreed on a four-year extension with wide receiver Roddy White. White's new deal is worth up to $30 million, which includes $18 million over the next two seasons. "I always wanted to be back in Atlanta,'' White told ESPN.com. "Once we got to the guaranteed money that I wanted to get to that I felt would secure my future as a football player, then I could sign a contract. When we got it done, I was happy, because I don't want to go anywhere. I love this place. I wanted to be here. And I'm going to be here for the next four years.'' The 32-year-old White has been with the Falcons since he was drafted 27th overall by the team during the 2005 Draft. From 2007-2012, White averaged nearly 1,200 receiving yards. Since entering the NFL, his 685 receptions rank eighth among active players, while his 9,436 receiving yards rank fifth. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Falcons Lose Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the Season

Falcons Lose Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the Season David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Falcons are dealing with the loss of a defensive starter before training camp has even started as linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss the entire 2014 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. The team had been holding out Weatherspoon from organized team activities as he recovered from a knee injury. He apparently was running with the medical staff when he suffered the injury. "We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon," coach Mike Smith said in a statement. "Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery." Unfortunately for Weatherspoon, he's entering the final year of his contract with the team, leaving his future in Atlanta up in the air. The 26-year-old Weatherspoon has played just 16 games in one season in his four NFL seasons. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
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