FLOWERY BRANCH - Outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, one of the leaders of the Atlanta Falcons' defense, will miss Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys with a right ankle injury.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan doesn't like to discuss his accomplishments for more than a couple of minutes.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The more Atlanta keeps winning, the more coach Mike Smith keeps tinkering with ways to help the Falcons improve.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons, the NFL's last unbeaten team, were rested and closer to full strength on Monday in their return from their bye week.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Then there was one.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When the Atlanta Falcons gather in the meeting room at the beginning of each week, they can always count on coach Mike Smith jotting one thing on the board.
ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons players used their off day Tuesday to go back to school.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are in uncharted territory.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Standing in front of his locker, wearing an Atlanta Braves cap, Matt Ryan was back in full ice mode.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are an imperfect 4-0.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan still won't criticize his NFL colleagues for leaving him off a list of the league network's top 100 players this summer.
ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham is free on bond Tuesday after being arrested on misdemeanor charges when authorities say he refused to leave an area taped off by police.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Mike Smith is trying to level expectations for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta's offensive line is keeping Matt Ryan on his feet.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner apologized Wednesday to the team for his drunken driving arrest, saying he made "a bad decision" and was prepared to deal with the consequences.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is waiting to select a backup quarterback.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars had few, if any, concerns at center for a dozen years.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson practiced on Monday for the first time in almost a month, and Falcons coach Mike Smith said the running back is on schedule to be play in Atlanta's season opener against New Orleans.
ATLANTA - A healthy Julio Jones made a big difference for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons' offense.
ATLANTA - From his vantage point in Chicago, Devin Hester saw the Atlanta Falcons as a consistent playoff contender.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has put a strong emphasis since the start of training camp on improving the team's run defense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Corey Peters battled doubts about his future in the NFL after he tore his Achilles tendon late last season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jake Matthews, they figured he would take over at left tackle someday.
HOUSTON - J.J. Watt feels as if he gets asked about playing with Jadeveon Clowney every day.
HOUSTON - For Brian Cushing, there's no substitute to being on the field.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The mandate came from the top of the Atlanta Falcons' chain of command when the offseason began.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Antone Smith, best known for his special teams play in his first five seasons with the Falcons, finally has a chance to show he deserves playing time at running back.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Jake Matthews' first live NFL action gives Atlanta coach Mike Smith reason to think the No. 6 overall draft pick has potential to become an elite player.
ATLANTA - Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Miami's Ryan Tannehill showed how starting quarterbacks should handle preseason openers.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hope to find clarity in the competition to determine quarterback Matt Ryan's backup in Friday night's preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins.