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Falcons' Allen says idea of practice is 'nerve-racking'


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May 9, 2020, 10:51 AM



ATLANTA (AP) — Ricardo Allen didn't budge when Georgia was one of the first states to open businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Atlanta Falcons safety believes it is smart to stay home. He says he worries about the time when teams across the league open for practice.

Restaurants, barber shops and other businesses were cleared by Gov. Brian Kemp in late April to open their doors. Allen believes the smart move is to stay home.

The NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities and has made a 2020 season seem more real by releasing schedules this week. All of which makes Allen uneasy.

“This is nerve-racking,” he said this week. “This is different. This is something that us as players and us as human beings, we’ve never had to think about before.”



The NFL has not announced dates for when players can return to team facilities.

Allen sees daily reminders of lives lost to COVID-19 as he adheres to his quarantine. He knows the virus can kill anyone, even professional athletes.

“It’s tough to look at the news sometimes and see all the cases and all the trauma and the deaths that are going on in this world, and we know that we’re not like immune to it,” Allen said. “We know no one is immune to it.”

That's why Allen stays home. He says most of his teammates have taken the same safety-first stance “as much as possible.”

“Everybody is still trying to find ways to be creative and still work out, but really that’s all I’ve seen my teammates do," he said. "I haven’t seen many people leave the house other than to just go to a private workout.”



Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews' private workouts at his home near Houston have included time spent with his father, Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews. Jake Matthews said last month his father puts him through "some old-school gasser conditioning run workout," and it's not easy.

Matthews relishes the extra time with his father but misses the team's traditional offseason program.

“When we were supposed to be showing up and reporting ... it just felt weird,” Matthews said. “It felt like I was missing out, like everyone else was there and I wasn’t. It really is a weird situation and it does make you kind of reflect a little bit."

Those reflections have convinced him he's ready to play.

“Yeah, I’m dying to get back at this point,” Matthews said. "I’ve enjoyed the time off and kind of hanging out at home, but I’m ready for ball to start back up again.”



The Falcons and other NFL teams are attempting to remain on course for a 2020 season by having virtual offseason meetings. Allen sees his coaches and teammates by video conference.

He can't say when he'd feel safe to stand beside those teammates in a real huddle. He awaits guidance from NFL and government leaders.

“It’s like, I don’t know, to tell you the truth, I don’t know,” he said. "I’m just going to watch and see what they’re going to do. I wouldn’t like to be the person with that job. I wouldn’t like to be that person who has to decide what’s going to go on.

“I’m anxious to see, to tell you the truth.”

Still, he's preparing himself physically and mentally for when the call comes to report.

“I’m just going to keep working and if we get delayed a little bit longer, I just keep going,” he said. “If it starts tomorrow, I feel like I’ll be ready.”





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I’d actually think this is the perfect time for players to work out on their own as stars have done the past few years. The tough part comes when players haven’t had time to click. But in this situation, every team is at a disadvantage as far as building chemistry goes unless you’ve been together for some years

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13 minutes ago, Charles Wright said:

 Hopefully they will have more perfectly created a quick test that could be used the day of games and days leading up. The world will not survive continuing to just shutdown. And that includes the NFL.

Saw a test today where they said there is a test now that can give results in 4 min. I just wonder if  player test positive are they going to shut the league down? If so it's almost pointless to start.

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1 hour ago, Charles Wright said:

 Hopefully they will have more perfectly created a quick test that could be used the day of games and days leading up. The world will not survive continuing to just shutdown. And that includes the NFL.

Abbot labs have a test that takes 10-15 mins

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On 5/8/2020 at 3:50 AM, TheFatboi said:

There’s better qb’s out there than Matt. Not many but there is. The only player on the team I’d say there isn’t anyone better could be Julio. Allen is a good player. No he’s not a HOF player but he’s not a liability to the team. I’d argue somebody prove where he is. Until we actually upgrade him he’s our guy. And he’s def a great leader like you said. 


2 hours ago, Spts1 said:

Ricardo never saw a microphone he didn't like...

And our Fans hang on every word . 

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3 hours ago, FALCONTALON83 said:

Need to worry about catching something because you've been cut off from the world not building immunity to anything. Hate to see what flu and cold season will be like or who knows what else.


Just go outside. You dont have to be around people to do that.

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3 hours ago, octoslash said:

At the same time, I'm pretty sure Ricardo is probably not sitting around worrying about how to feed his family.

There is morality, and there is reality.   

True. But those that have made it to where he is have worked extremely hard to get there. Cant blame him for being presented opportunities for his dedication to his craft. I would say otherwise if he was born into wealth and just say on his butt.

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1 hour ago, ADAMSVILLE GYM said:

Hmmm.. Interesting.

You ever been afraid to do something, but in spite of your fears, still had the courage and bravery to to face it?    


i work in a restaurant in a busy tourist town. Im in contact with peoples spit and whatever else all over dishes and whatnot. Should I be afraid of going to work? Cause I'm not.

Edit: we're open for business. Should probably clarify

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