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Falcons DE Takk McKinley again ruled out with groin injury

Oct. 28, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Defensive end Takk McKinley has been ruled out of the Atlanta Falcons' game at the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night with a groin injury. It will mark the fourth game in the past six weeks McKinley has been held out because of the injury. He had one tackle in last week's 23-22...

Detroit Lions players point at the football held by Atlanta Falcons' Todd Gurley during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Atlanta. Gurley saw a tantalizing path to the end zone and couldn't help himself.  He tried to fall down, but it was too late. Gurley landed on the goal line for a touchdown that, as it turned out, led to another stunning loss for the Atlanta Falcons. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Can Falcons find yet another unique way to lose a game?

Oct. 28, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

There is losing, and there is LOSING. The Atlanta Falcons have mastered the capitalized version. Blown leads, botched onside kicks and, last Sunday, scoring when they shouldn't have. It's all added up to a 1-6 record, a coach and general manager fired, and ridicule across America for what is actually one of the...

Atlanta Falcons' Todd Gurley tries to stop short of the end zone during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Atlanta. Gurley landed on the goal line for a touchdown that, as it turned out, led to another stunning loss for the Atlanta Falcons. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Panthers, Falcons look to put mental mistakes behind them

Oct. 28, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Thursday night games may not be all that popular among NFL players. For the Falcons and Panthers, this week’s NFC South matchup can’t get here soon enough. It’s a good chance for both to wash the taste of monumental mental mistakes out of their mouths and put...

Panthers look for season sweep of Falcons in prime time

Oct. 28, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

ATLANTA (1-6) at CAROLINA (3-4) Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE - Panthers by 2 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Falcons 1-6; Panthers 3-4 SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 32-19 LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Falcons 23-16 on Oct. 11 at Atlanta LAST WEEK - Lions beat Falcons 23-22; Saints beat Panthers 27-24 AP PRO32...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid (25) waits for a play during the second half at an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, in New Orleans. Free agent safety Eric Reid told The Associated Press he declined an offer to join Washington's practice squad, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

Reid tells AP he declined Washington's practice squad offer

Oct. 27, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

Free agent safety Eric Reid told The Associated Press he declined an offer to join Washington's practice squad. Washington (2-5) lost safety Landon Collins to a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in a win over Dallas on Sunday. Rookie Kamren Curl, a seventh-round pick, will replace him for now. “I just...

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) rushes for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. The Panthers are eager to get Christian McCaffrey back on the field after he has missed four games with a high ankle sprain. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

Panthers' McCaffrey back at practice after missing 5 games

Oct. 27, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Christian McCaffrey has been designated for return from the team’s injured reserve list, increasing the likelihood Carolina’s 2019 All-Pro running back will play Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons. McCaffrey arrived at Panthers practice Tuesday with a red jersey...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) reacts after diving over the pile for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Saints' season starting to resemble past 3 playoff pushes

Oct. 26, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins is seeing a pattern — and an encouraging one at that. In each of the previous three seasons, the Saints overcame some early season adversity and swept all of their October games en route to an NFC South crown. For a fourth straight season,...

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) rushes for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. The Panthers are eager to get Christian McCaffrey back on the field after he has missed four games with a high ankle sprain. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

Rhule hopeful McCaffrey will return vs. Falcons

Oct. 26, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Matt Rhule said “it’s a possibility” star running back Christian McCaffrey could return to action Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons. “It’s sort of out of my hands, but I am hopeful we will have him,” Rhule said, adding...

Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns (53) pauses for a moment of silence as he walks off the field after an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. The Saints won 27-24. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Injuries have caught up with Panthers' defense

Oct. 26, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Injuries are catching up with the Carolina Panthers' defense. A unit that was young and thin to begin with has regressed over the last two weeks after making solid strides during a three-game winning streak when it limited opponents to a combined 53 points. Injuries are a big reason...

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) scrambles past New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport as offensive tackle Russell Okung (76) blocks in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Bridgewater nearly sinks Saints in return to Superdome

Oct. 25, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater took a sack when he could least afford to late in the fourth quarter against the Saints. It was about the only mistake he made in his return to New Orleans a year after going 5-0 as the Saints' starter in place of then-injured Drew Brees. It also was the moment he and...