Thunderstorm cuts Falcons’ public practice short

The Atlanta Falcons practiced for an hour at Norcross High

School before an approaching thunderstorm cut the session short

Friday night.

A near-capacity crowd of 13,500 didn’t get to see the 11-on-11

scrimmage between the offense and defense.

It’s been the Falcons’ custom the last several years to hold a

scrimmage at a nearby suburban high school the week before the

first preseason game. Friday’s session lasted less than an hour.

Nearby lightning, a sudden drop in temperature and dark skies

caused coach Mike Smith to stop practice.

Smith had planned for the full-pads practice session to include

opening-series drives, third-down scenarios, one-on-one pass

drills, red-zone offense and a 20-play scrimmage between

reserves.