Falcons’ Deion Jones out, Matt Bryant active for Dallas
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones is still not ready to play and will be inactive Sunday against Dallas.
Kicker Matt Bryant had a good week of practice and will be on Atlanta's game-day roster after missing the last three games with a sore right hamstring.
Coach Dan Quinn ruled Jones out after Friday's practice but hopes he will be ready when Atlanta plays Thursday at New Orleans. Jones returned to the active roster this week after spending two months on injured reserve with a broken right foot.
"He's certainly close," Quinn said. "We were able to give him more reps as the week went on. He's been working in the pass game for a while. This week he got really involved in the run game and taking guys on and the power that goes with it."
The Falcons (4-5) will face the Cowboys (4-5) with a defense that ranks third worst in yards allowed and fourth worst in scoring. Strong safety Keanu Neal's season ended in the opener, and free safety Ricardo Allen was lost for the season two weeks later.
Bryant, the franchise career scoring leader, was a full participant in practice for the second straight day. Quinn said the Falcons have no immediate plans to cut Giorgio Tavecchio, who is 5-for-5 on field-goal attempts with a pair of 50-yarders. Tavecchio will not be active Sunday but will stay on the roster in case the 43-year-old Bryant has a setback.
Friday's injury report listed receivers Calvin Ridley (elbow) and Mohamed Sanu (hip), linebackers De'Vondre Campbell (calf), Foyesade Oluokun (elbow) and Bruce Carter (knee) and safety Damontae Kazee (shoulder) as full participants. Defensive end Derrick Shelby was limited with a sore groin.