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Weekly Coverage Recap: Falcons at Dolphins

Posted Sep 21, 2013

Take a look back at the Falcons' week of preparations as they head into their Week 3 matchup against the Dolphins.

Monday

Head coach Mike Smith held his weekly press conference on Monday, Sept. 19 and talked about the Falcons' 31-24 win against the Rams the day before and looked ahead to Week 3. He also announced that defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing would both be out for the entire season due to injuries, but that the team would have to move on quickly.

Coach Smith also broke down the team's first win in his radio show. For more from the Falcons' game against the Rams, also check out our Best of Gameday: Falcons vs. Rams photo gallery.

Tuesday

With an off day on Tuesday, several Falcons players used the day to help the community by surprising Rise Up Atlanta volunteers and giving them a hand in updating Ashby Circle Play Lot in Atlanta.

Despite the day off from practice, the team still had big news with the announcement that linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was placed on injured reserve with a designation that he can return this season.

The injury news didn't stop there, as the team also announced that running back Steven Jackson would sit out Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Other news of the day included roster moves, as the team signed linebackers Omar Gaither and Jamar Chaney, signed fullback Patrick DiMarco to the active roster and linebacker Chase Thomas to the practice squad.

Wednesday

Quarterback Matt Ryan said Wednesday that he's confident players will be capable of stepping up in place of injured players as the season moves forward.

Newly acquired linebacker Omar Gaither participated in his first practice with the Falcons on Wednesday and said he's excited about being on a team where the mentality is solely to win.

Jamar Chaney also spoke to the media on Wednesday, saying that he's up for the challenge of adjusting to the Falcons and learning quickly. The linebacker also added that it feels good to be part of a team that is on the hunt for a Super Bowl.

Rookie linebacker Joplo Bartu is also up the challenge of adjusting quickly and taking his techniques from the previous week and improving as the season moves forward.

Defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi also expressed that he's ready to step up, as his mindset is always that he'll be a starter on gameday, so he feels prepared as ever to execute well this Sunday and moving foward in the season.

Despite the numerous injuries, Smith said that every player on the team has been preparing since April to potentially start and is always in a 'next man up' mentality. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan repeated the same statement, saying that he's now focused on making adjustments because of the injuries.

For even more injury news, check out the official injury report that was released on Wednesday. The report shows that three players didn't participate in that day's practice - WR Roddy White, CB Asante Samuel, and LT Sam Baker.

Also check out Five Things We Learned Sept. 21 and Wing Tips, which gives you some key facts about the Falcons-Dolphins matchup.

Thursday

Tight end Tony Gonzalez isn't worried about the Falcons because of injuries, as he said he's positive that the team is equipped with great backup players that he knows will step up where they're needed.

After Thursday's practice, Coach Smith was focusing ahead to Sunday's game and previewed their matchups against Miami.

In this week's FalconCast, AtlantaFalcons.com's Jay Adams and Daniel Cox break down the team's first win and look ahead to the team's Week 3 matchup.

Roddy White was back at practice on Thursday, but with limited participation. For the rest of the injury report, click here.

Also be sure to view images from the Falcons at Work in Week 3 and this week Throwback Thursday photo gallery, which features images from Julio Jones' early years.

Friday

This week's D-Block introduced new residents this week due to the signings of Omar Gaither and Jamar Chaney earlier in the week.

NFL Films previewed the Week 3 matchup between the Falcons and Dolphins, as Atlanta looks to keep their momentum going after their win last weekend. 

The Falcons will be short of several players, including left tackle Sam Baker, who was ruled out to play, and will have to stop the Dolphins' Cameron Wake, but the team has stayed positive all week and feels prepared to execute well to be able to post their second win of the season.

Make sure to keep an eye on these 16 Players on Sunday, where the Falcons are set to face the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium at 4 p.m.