Wilson, who was taken out of the game in the first half after being hit hard by a blitzing Jimmy Williams, has apparently only suffered a concussion, and isn't expected to miss too much time in the near future. Given fourth-stringer Adam Froman's mediocre performance during Friday's game, I'd still give Wilson a leg up on the third-string QB role.
Fortunately for the Falcons, all of those players are currently backups, with Peelle the only one slated to get any sort of extended playing non-special teams playing time this season. However, this is also coming after the sobering news that DT Corey Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury earlier today. Bottom line: no injury is a good one. Great teams can become average teams if the injury fairy is unhappy.
On the bright side, Ray Edwards returned to the practice field and "almost" fully participated in padded practice. After the team decided to hold Edwards out of the last preseason game due to his continued recovery from offseason knee surgery, we finally might get to see him in action against Jacksonville. Hopefully we won't have to see him come into the regular season completely rusty.
Finally, the team has reportedly signed former Jets defensive tackle Carlton Powell. Powell, a former fifth-round pick by the Broncos, has bounced around among a few different teams over the past few years, but really doesn't bring anything spectacular to the table. I suspect this is simply a move to acquire depth, with Lewis, Walker, and now Peters banged up at the moment.
Atlanta Falcons QB John Parker Wilson had to be removed from the preseason opener after taking a hard shot to the upper body in the third quarter. A blitzing Chris Clemons sent him whirling to the ground after the ball had left the pocket.
Wilson had a little trouble getting back up, appearing to stagger a little as a few fans could be heard gasping. He was taken into the locker room for what appears to be some sort of head injury. Hopefully nothing serious, but he took a big hit.
Laurence Sidbury's pressure and a tip by Darrin Walls conspired to provide a trailing Rafael Bush with an interception.
Brandyn Harvey made a terrific, toe-tapping catch of a John Parker Wilson dagger, bringing Brent Grimes darting across the sideline to lobby refs in favor of the completion. Jacquizz Rodgers finally made his debut in the middle of the third -- he's a tougher runner than most would expect.