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Monday, August 18, 2008
Crumpler returning to Atlanta with mixed feelings

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

 
  AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
 Alge Crumpler returns to the Georgia Dome on Friday night.

Once again, it's homecoming time in the NFC South. On Sunday night, Warrick Dunn made his home debut in his second stint with Tampa Bay and safety John Lynch, now with the Patriots, briefly returned to the place where he became famous.

Next up? Alge Crumpler returns to the Georgia Dome on Friday night. This time, Crumpler's with the Tennessee Titans. The best tight end in Atlanta history, Crumpler -- along with Dunn and a bunch of others -- got dumped by the Falcons in an offseason purge of veterans.

Crumpler spent seven seasons with the Falcons, but his heart is a long way from Atlanta. Crumpler made that clear when he talked to my AFC South colleague Paul Kuharsky at Tennessee's training camp. Crumpler told Kuharsky he doesn't really care what happens to the Falcons.

"I'm not too in tune to everything that's going on," Crumpler said. "I do keep in contact with some of their players, like Lawyer Milloy, I talked to a couple days ago, and Martez Milner. But I'm not real in tune to it really. I'll pull for individuals, but as a team, no not really."

Coincidentally, the Falcons are planning to go with former Tennessee tight end Ben Hartsock as their starter.