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2-4, 4th in NFC South

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Devonta Freeman had an MRI of his groin a couple days after the Pittsburgh game. The MRI was sent to a specialist in Philadelphia, who said he needed surgery. There was some discussions about Freeman waiting until after the season to have the surgery and having some injections to cope with the pain. That's why Freeman was back at practice trying to get ready to play. He was told the procedure would keep him out six weeks. Surgery hasn't been scheduled yet but will take place in Philly. According to the rules, Freeman can't return to practice until six weeks from today and can't return to game action until Dec. 23 at Carolina. Falcons can have two players return from IR. Deion Jones (foot surgery) also could return for Nov. 18 game vs. Dallas, eight games after he was placed on IR.

Falcons suffer another blow with Freeman to IR (0:39)
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Falcons placing Freeman on IR; hopeful for return

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, who has been plagued by knee, groin and foot injuries, will be placed on injured reserve, but the team is hopeful he can return this season.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Jones to me on Odell Beckham: ``I respect his game. I respect his game, the way he plays, the emotion he plays with, everything.'' Two of the NFL's best receivers square off Monday night when the Giants (1-5) visit the Falcons (2-4). Jones has 707 receiving yards, second in the NFL behind Minnesota's Adam Thielen (712). Beckham is ninth with 506 on 45 catches, one more catch than Jones. Beckham has one touchdown through six games. Jones has yet to score.

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Falcons K Bryant, RB Freeman to miss game

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, dealing with a hamstring strain, and running back Devonta Freeman, bothered by a groin injury, are likely out for next Monday night's matchup with the New York Giants.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn says kicker Matt Bryant has a hamstring strain that will "likely knock him out'' for next Monday night's matchup against the New York Giants. Falcons looking at a number of kickers, including former Oakland Raider Giorgio Tavecchio, who was with the team briefly this preseason. David Marvin was the Falcons' other preseason leg. Quinn also said Devonta Freeman's still dealing with groin injury that will likely knock him out vs. the Giants, too. Freeman had been dealing with a foot injury, but the groin added late last week ... Quinn said he's hopeful regarding receivers Calvin Ridley (ankle) and Mohamed Sanu (hip) along with defensive lineman Grady Jarrett (ankle) and Derrick Shelby (ankle).

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Looks like MRI on rookie Calvin Ridley's injured left ankle came back pretty clean. Believed to be just a bone bruise, according to source. We'll see how Ridley responds to rehab, with the Falcons playing the Giants next Monday night. Falcons have bye week after Giants game so we'll see if Falcons opt to rest him vs. Giants and let him have extra time to recover during bye week.


Ryan throws 3 TD passes, Falcons hold off Bucs 34-29

Matt Ryan threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak, holding off Tampa Bay 34-29 Sunday in Jameis Winston's return as the Buccaneers starting quarterback.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons break a three-game losing streak with a 34-29 win over the Buccaneers at home. Matt Ryan throws for 354 yards and three touchdowns and Julio Jones catches 10 passes for 143 yards. But Falcons' offense sputtered some in the second half, while the defense yielded 499 yards to Jameis Winston and the Bucs. Falcons have some more injury concerns with rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley exiting in the first half with an ankle injury and not returning. Then kicker Matt Bryant appeared to injury his hamstring on the key 57-yard field goal that gave the Falcons breathing room in the end. Falcons (2-4) face the New York Giants (1-5) next Monday night.

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Falcons WR Ridley ruled out with ankle injury

Falcons rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley injured an ankle in the first half of Sunday's matchup with Tampa Bay and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Before Sunday's game, Falcons owner Arthur Blank presented a special jersey to Darren and Shannon Thomas, the parents of Dylan Thomas, a former football player at Pike County (Ga.) High School who died from cardiac arrest due to a traumatic brain injury suffered while playing in a game. The Falcons invited the Thomas family and the entire Pike County High School team to the game. Shannon Thomas broke into tears when Blank presented the jersey.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons with 24-13 lead over the Buccaneers at halftime. Matt Ryan is 20 of 24 for 240 yards with two touchdowns and a passer rating of 136.1. With success through air, Falcons have run the ball nine times for 35 yards, including a TD run by rookie Ito Smith. Julio Jones with seven catches for 79 yards on eight targets to lead the receivers. Rookie Calvin Ridley was not on the field before the end of the half as he suffered an ankle injury.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Tampa Bay is 5-1 ATS with three outright wins in its past six games as an underdog. Bucs are currently 3-point 'dogs in Atlanta.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

In the biggest decision at this point for FanDuel's sportsbook, the book is rooting for the Tampa Bay Bucaneeers. The Bucs are 3-point underdogs at Atlanta.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons inactives vs. Bucs: RB Devonta Freeman, DT Grady Jarrett, DE Derrick Shelby, RB Brian Hill, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, OL Zac Kerin, OL Matt Gono

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons free safety Damontae Kazee could be a figure today vs. Buccaneers as the last line of defense. Bucs receiver DeSean Jackson has been known to get behind defenses and averages a league-best 24.9 yards per reception. All three of Jackson's touchdowns were thrown at least 35 yards down the field, but by Ryan Fitzpatrick and not today's starter, Jameis Winston. ``I just have to do my job at the end of the day and trust the process,'' Kazee said. ``Every week it's the same thing: At free safety, I have to stay back. He's got great speed but every week, I still have to stay back. I'm a free safety, no matter who it is.'' Kazee leads the Falcons with two interceptions.

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Falcons rule out RB Freeman, DT Jarrett

Falcons coach Dan Quinn ruled out running back Devonta Freeman and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay as they recover from injuries.

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Source: T.J. Watt fined $20K for hit on Ryan

Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt, the league co-leader in sacks, was fined $20,054 for a hit on Falcons QB Matt Ryan in Sunday's game, a source told ESPN.

Team Stats

Passing Yards311.25th
Rushing Yards86.029th
Points For27.89th
Points Against32.031st

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