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1-1, 2nd in NFC South
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19hVaughn McClure

Falcons' Kazee fined for hit to helmet of Newton

Atlanta's Damontae Kazee plans to appeal a fine of $10,026 by the NFL for a hit to the helmet of Panthers QB Cam Newton as he slid to the ground, a source told ESPN.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons S Damontae Kazee fined $10,026 for hit on Cam Newton, source tells ESPN. Kazee will appeal.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Julio Jones (calf) officially set to play vs. Saints Sunday based on final injury report. Falcons rule out DE Takk McKinley (groin), RB Devonta Freeman (knee), DE Derrick Shelby (groin) and LB Corey Nelson (calf). CB Isaiah Oliver (ankle), WR Russell Gage (knee), and G Ben Garland (calf) ready to go.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian on Julio Jones (calf tightness) missing practice for second consecutive day: ``I've been down this road with him now before. Julio is a pro's pro. And even though he's not on the field at practice with us today, the guy works at it. He's in meetings. He's attentive. He's asking questions. So if he's physically ready to play, which obviously remains to be seen, I have no doubt in my mind he'll be mentally prepared to play.''

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons WR Julio Jones (calf) wasn't on the field for the open portion of practice Thursday. He was held out of Wednesday's practice. Jones expressed no concern about the tightness in his calf coming off the last game and called it a precautionary measure that is day to day. It would be a concern, of course, if Jones is unable to practice on Friday leading into Sunday's matchup with the Saints. Asked if he's worried about the injury affecting his explosiveness, Jones responded, ``No. I'm never worried.''

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons WR Julio Jones expresses no concern about his calf injury.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Sunday will mark the 20th head-to-head meeting between the Saints' Drew Brees and Falcons' Matt Ryan as starting quarterbacks. Their 19 meetings are the most in the Super Bowl era between starting quarterbacks, with Jim Kelly-Dan Marino (18) and John Elway-Dave Krieg (18) coming in 2nd. Brees leads the series 11-8.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

The injured Falcons who sat out practice today were WR Julio Jones (calf), RB Devonta Freeman (knee), DE Takk McKinley (groin), and DE Derrick Shelby (groin). WR Russell Gage (knee), OG Ben Garland (calf), and LB Corey Nelson (calf) were limited. CB Isaiah Oliver (ankle) back to full.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons WR Julio Jones not on the practice field for the start of practice. Dan Quinn did not indicate any injury for Jones. Jones was present walking around during open locker room.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons safety Damontae Kazee apologizes for the hit on Cam Newton that led to Kazee being ejected.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Dan Quinn talks about the Falcons-Saints rivalry ahead of Sunday's NFC South showdown.

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4dVaughn McClure

Falcons place OL Levitre on IR with triceps injury

The Falcons have lost starting left guard Andy Levitre for the season with a triceps injury, the team announced Tuesday. Wes Schweitzer will replace Levitre in the lineup Sunday against New Orleans.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn on Andy Levitre being placed on season-ending IR: ``After receiving the tests results on Andy's injury from Sunday's game, it has been determined that he will miss the remainder of the season with a triceps injury. Andy worked extremely hard to get back on the field after a similar injury last year, and there is no doubt his leadership will continue to be felt this year. We have a ton of respect for Andy and what he stands for, and what he means to our team.”

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman said everyone did a great job blocking and creating holes for his 100-yard day vs. Panthers. Prime example was on this outside zone play to the open side from the Falcons' 10-yard line which went for a 19-gain by Coleman. Falcons, with Coleman running strong as starter in place of Devonta Freeman (knee) and rookie Ito Smith showing his talent, currently rank sixth in the NFL after two games with average of 4.88 yards per rush. Next opponent, the Saints, allow just 3.36 yards per rush, which ranks fourth best in league. But Saints are the absolute worst in pass defense, surrendering 10.67 yards per pass play.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Takk McKinley didn't expand much on not being on the field late in the game. Appeared to be dragging his leg a little in the locker room.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons get a 31-24 win over Panthers to improve to 1-1 on season. Matt Ryan leads the way completing 23 of 28 passes for 272 yards with two touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns and passer rating of 116.1. Next up for Falcons are rival Saints (1-1) at home next Sunday.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan is 14 of 17 for 135 yards with 2 TDS, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 139 in the first half as Falcons lead Panthers, 17-10. Six different receivers have catches, led by Austin Hooper with four on four targets. Marvin Hall and Calvin Ridley have catches for 20-plus yards.

Team Stats

Passing Yards248.515th
Rushing Yards122.08th
Points For21.520th
Points Against21.013th

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1(26)Calvin RidleyWRAlabama
2(26)Isaiah OliverCBColorado
3(26)Deadrin SenatDTSouth Florida
4(26)Ito SmithRBSouthern Miss
6(20)Russell GageWRLSU
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