FLOWERY BRANCH — After posting a thrilling 35-28 victory over the Oakland Raiders, the Falcons (1-1) are set to face the rival New Orleans Saints (0-2) at 8:30 p.m Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Friday:
1. Practice. The Falcons are set to practice today at 1:55 p.m.
2. Injury report. Falcons rookie safety Keanu Neal returned to practice on Thursday. After knee surgery, it be telling if he can go back-to-back practice with no swelling in the right knee. Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (ankle), defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman (illness), wide receiver Julio Jones (calf), wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (ankle), defensive end Dwight Freeney (non-injury related) and linebacker Paul Worrilow (groin) did not participate in practice on Thursday. Wide receiver Justin Hardy (shoulder), safety Kemal Ishmael (shoulder), defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (elbow) and defensive end Brooks Reed (shoulder) were limited.
3. Schofield determined to dominate. O’Brien Schofield is back with the Falcons and he’s really not too happy about it. He was at home stewing at all 32 teams in the league because no one gave him an decent offer after a solid season with the Falcons in 2015.“The chip on my shoulder is very big,” said Schofield on Thursday. “I’m tired of moving my family around. People are going to see a different O’Brien Schofield this year.”
4. Julio Jones update. Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones didn’t practice on Thursday, but coach Dan Quinn expects him to play on Monday.
5. Quinn fine with just 3 backs. Quinn said that the coach staff was fine with just three running backs on the 53-man roster after the release of Terron Ward. Behind Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and Pat DiMarco, the Falcons have Blake Simms on the practice squad, not Gus Johnson, who some reporter — me — mentioned in the presser yesterday.
GAME TWO: Falcons 35, Raiders 28
GAME ONE: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24