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Bush questionable, big plays still a concern

By Steve Wyche | Friday, December 7, 2007, 04:01 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Falcons spend a lot of time discussing the allowance of explosive plays, which are plays where the opposition gains more than 15 yards. The emphasis on limiting such big hits has been driven home even more this week because the Falcons have been outscored 90-36 over the past three games, in large part because they ve been tagged for several huge gains in their previous three games, all losses.

Atlanta could be catching somewhat of a break in that regard for its game against New Orleans Monday night. Saints TB Reggie Bush did not practice Friday and ESPN is reporting that he could have a torn knee ligament that could end his season. Bush has been listed as questionable by Saints coach Sean Peyton.

Though Bush s absence could eliminate a major threat, the Saints can still strike with some big plays, particularly through the air. Falcons coach Bobby Petrino said Friday that Atlanta needs to get quick and heavy pressure on quarterback Drew Brees so he will make shorter throws. He added that coverage must be tight and disciplined.

The Falcons also need to keep tabs on wide receiver Devery Henderson. Henderson, while rather non-descript, has burned the Falcons the past three times they ve played, scoring twice on passes and once on a reverse.

Petrino added that the offense has to be able to counter some of the other team s scores. Atlanta is second only to San Francisco in scoring (171 points) and next to last in offensive touchdowns (15).

In an attempt to get more points, backup tailback Jerious Norwood is going to get more touches, Petrino said, in the passing and running games. The offensive line could be tweaked some too. Right guard Kynan Forney is back in the starting lineup after missing the past two games with a sinus infection and a non-injury related deactivation, respectively.

D Anthony Batiste, who replaced Forney, is taking some reps at left guard, which has been held down by rookie Justin Blalock all season. Blalock has struggled and he could be hitting the rookie wall. There is no word on who will start vs. the Saints.

On the injury front, RT Tyson Clabo (left ankle) returned to practice today and he should be ready for Monday night. Backup FS Antoine Harris (left knee) made progress but he might not be ready to play against the Saints. Lewis Sanders would be part of the nickel defense package if Harris is out. Jimmy Williams could be inactive for the second straight game.


Sorry if already posted :(

Does this mean Jimmy Wiliams is a bust? ;)

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