A couple of Saturday evening notes for you.
First, Jim Bates, who was removed from his role as defensive coordinator this week, did not travel with the Buccaneers to Atlanta. Coach Raheem Morris said Friday he expected Bates to make the trip. Morris also said Bates has been breaking down film this week. But the Bucs said Saturday evening that Bates did not travel with the team. Although the Bucs have said they want Bates to remain in some sort of consulting role for the rest of the season, this may be a sign that he won’t go along with that.
Second, the Falcons made a roster move Saturday afternoon. They released fullback Verron Haynes and signed receiver Troy Bergeron from the practice squad.