NFC South: Mark Herzlich

Grimes questionable for Falcons

January, 6, 2012
The Atlanta Falcons just put out their final injury report for Sunday’s playoff game with the New York Giants.

The Falcons listed 18 players as probable and all of them took part in practice, to some degree, Friday, so we won’t waste time running through guys who almost certainly will play. That narrows the report down to two players.

Linebacker Stephen Nicholas (toe) is listed as doubtful and did not practice Friday. He almost certainly won’t play. With veteran Mike Peterson on injured reserve, that likely means Spencer Adkins will start in place of Nicholas.

Cornerback Brent Grimes (knee) is questionable. But there appears to be some hope Grimes can play. He practiced on a limited basis Friday. If Grimes can’t play, the Falcons likely would start Dominique Franks in his place.

The Giants are listing rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich (ankle) as out. Everyone else on New York’s injury report is listed as probable. That includes running back Ahmad Bradshaw. He missed some practice time early in the week with a foot injury, but took part in Friday’s session on a limited basis.

Look who is coming to the draft

April, 25, 2011
Although there had been some rumblings early on about players not attending the draft due to the labor situation, the NFL announced Monday that 25 expected draft picks are planning to be at Radio City Music Hall. The league said that’s an all-time record.

Although players won’t be able to work out with their teams or sign contracts until the lockout is over, the league has said it’s all right for top picks to go to their new cities to meet with the media the day or two after the draft. The Panthers have the first overall pick. The Buccaneers are at No. 20, the Saints at No. 24 and the Falcons at No. 27, so it’s at least possible all four of the first-round picks for the NFC South could be in New York on Thursday night.

Here’s the list (in alphabetical order) of the players the league said will be at the draft: