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Jake Matthews, Brooks Reed To Miss Falcons' Preseason Finale


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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Coach Dan Quinn is hoping the Atlanta Falcons' list of injuries doesn't get any longer.

Left tackle Jake Matthews and linebacker Brooks Reed have been ruled out for Thursday's preseason finale against Baltimore, and the team has parted ways Tuesday with injured guard-center Peter Konz.

Matthews, the No. 6 overall draft choice last year, is sidelined with a sore back. His offseason was slowed considerably after he underwent left foot surgery in January.

Reed, Atlanta's top free agent signee with $9 million guaranteed, is nursing a groin injury and will get a second medical opinion. Quinn said it's too early to know if surgery is a possibility.

Konz, a second-round draft choice in 2012, reached a settlement after undergoing knee surgery on Aug. 23. He started 28 of 39 career games, but was not a good fit in the zone blocking scheme installed by new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Receiver Roddy White also will not dress when the Falcons (1-2 preseason) and the Ravens (1-2) face off at the Georgia Dome. White is recuperating from elbow surgery last month.

Quinn wasn't ready to project whether cornerback Desmond Trufant (shouder), running back Devonta Freeman (hamstring), linebacker Justin Durant (foot) and receiver/special teams ace Devin Hester (toe) will play against the Ravens.

Matthews, Reed, White, Trufant, Freeman and Durant are starters. Hester is a fourth-string receiver, but is indispensable as a specialist with an NFL career record 20 touchdown returns.

Quinn's top priority this week is keeping the team as healthy as possible before the Sept. 14 season opener against Philadelphia.

''As we get into next week, we're anticipating everybody being ready to rock,'' he said. ''Take through the next four or five days to see (where we stand), but we're certainly aiming that way.''

Reed has dealt with a hip injury during the last few months, so his groin injury is making the Falcons cautious not to rush him back to the field.

''We certainly are concerned, so we're just trying to get it right in terms of him getting the strength back,'' Quinn said. ''He's got such a toughness and edge-setting pressure. We're just trying to get him where he's feeling at his best.''

The Falcons' offensive line has changed dramatically since Quinn replaced Mike Smith as head coach.

Justin Blalock, Sam Baker and Konz are no longer with the team. Jon Asamoah, who started 15 games last year at right guard, is listed behind Chris Chester on the depth chart. Right tackle Lamar Holmes is on the physically unable to perform list.

Matthews is the line's top talent, however, and Quinn wants to make sure he gets the requisite amount of treatment before projecting his availability for Week 1.

''I'm not going to go there until they tell me to,'' Quinn said. ''We always have, 'OK, what could be down the road?' But I'm more the other way, like, 'He's going to be good until he's not.'''

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/jake-matthews-brooks-reed-miss-falcons-preseason-finale-215941435--nfl.html

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This Jake Mathews injury has me very worried, I hope like heck this isn't something that lingers or even worse, takes him out of several games.

I was being told last year this wasn't something that would just go away. The injury itself started in college and exacerbated in the pro's with the rigorous work they do. I have explained before that one thing can lead to another very easily. Its the result of overcompensating. A few were talking about it during this off season, but I was interested in how it would play out before last year's draft. I was convinced by someone close to the situation is was nothing so long as he wasn't forced into heavy action too soon. The week after I was told, he was practicing against JJ Watt where it was then said had caused some pain...it got worse and worse.

Most injuries are cumulative, they aren't as "freak" as we the fans believe them to be.

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I was being told last year this wasn't something that would just go away. The injury itself started in college and exacerbated in the pro's with the rigorous work they do. I have explained before that one thing can lead to another very easily. Its the result of overcompensating. A few were talking about it during this off season, but I was interested in how it would play out before last year's draft. I was convinced by someone close to the situation is was nothing so long as he wasn't forced into heavy action too soon. The week after I was told, he was practicing against JJ Watt where it was then said had caused some pain...it got worse and worse.

Most injuries are cumulative, they aren't as "freak" as we the fans believe them to be.

that is troubling. I didn't know he had a back injury in college. The injuries last season I thought were his ankle and then his foot at the end of the season. a lingering back injury is probably one of the worst things for anyone to deal with. Hope he has got a good chiropractor

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that is troubling. I didn't know he had a back injury in college. The injuries last season I thought were his ankle and then his foot at the end of the season. a lingering back injury is probably one of the worst things for anyone to deal with. Hope he has got a good chiropractor

No. he didn't, not that I know of. It was really a minor ankle issue and a foot problem...hence the way my post was written.

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Who would want Jake playing in a game most starters won't be playing in anyways? Sure the experience may help the line improve, but health is more important in the long run. These guys will gel in time if everyone stays healthy. Even if it costs us a game or two and we still make the playoffs, who gives a **** in the long run? Really.

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I think the first move needs to be letting TD find another team.

Ah, I didn't know you felt that way. That's definitely what I believe.

But dam I'm sure hoping something magical happens with the O line ... they suddenly "gel" or something. If not, I'm going to really dread watching them struggle till they turn the corner. I will watch every second of it, but it is going to hurt.

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