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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Friday, Sept. 14

A divisional match-up against the Panthers is on the horizon.

Atlanta Falcons v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

It’s been a long, long week, Falcoholics. I’m not sure where we all are on the grief spectrum this morning (I’m spinning my wheels at Bargaining, as I’m still presenting my feet and ACLs as offerings to the heavens), but it’s time to get caffeinated and get caught up on all things Atlanta Falcons as the hours tick away to Sunday. Here’s your Falcoholinks on this Friday morning.

Devonta still on the shelf; looking shaky for Sunday

In Dan Quinn’s Thursday afternoon press conference, he stated that Devonta Freeman is still nursing a knee injury suffered against the Eagles and would again be held out of practice.

Coach Quinn indicated that Freeman would be reevaluated on Friday, but that he has complete confidence in Tevin Coleman to carry the load should Devonta not suit up.

Freeman has now missed practice all week, and it’s looking increasingly likely that he will be held out of Sunday’s game. Quinn name-checked both Coleman and Ito Smith to fill the void.

New, royal blood on the practice squad

This week has been a veritable musical chairs where personnel is concerned, and yesterday the Falcons continued their tire-kicking by adding cornerback Prince Charles Iworah to the practice squad. When Deante Burton was snagged off waivers by the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta secured Iworah’s rights to fill out the practice squad’s open spot.

Iworah was drafted in 2016 by the San Francisco 49ers after four years at Western Kentucky where he piled up 90 total tackles, four interceptions, and 15 passes defended.

Welcome to The Brotherhood, Your Royal Highness.

Predicting the defensive performance

The defense is going to be an object of much scrutiny on Sunday as it attempts to lock down the always slippery Cam Newton with some new faces starting. Dave Choate looked back at both defensive performances against Carolina last season, and drew a through line between results in 2017 and expectation in 2018.

If past is prologue, it could prove to be another hard fought, competitive affair.

Duke Riley is ready (he says)

If there’s any player that Falcons fans are going to be watching very closely on Sunday, it’s Duke Riley. As the next-man-up at middle linebacker, Riley has been afforded an opportunity to prove he can ameliorate the drop-off in defensive production, and quiet his many critics along the way.

Duke is urging opposing teams to attack him on the field, and says he’s ready for whatever the competition throws at him. We hope that confidence bears fruit against the Panthers.

The Falcoholic Podcast Ep. 49

The Falcoholic Podcast joined hallowed company this week, officially becoming a part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Congrats!

For episode 49 our esteemed hosts Jeanna Thomas and David Walker were joined by Brian Beversluis from Cat Scratch Reader to preview the upcoming game and discuss the early season injuries. Be sure to check out this week’s episode, here.