The Falcons are carrying their heat from Sunday’s huge win against reigning Super Bowl champs, the New York Giants, over into practice this week as they look to make Sunday’s domination a constant with the post season right around the corner. The coaching staff and the players work tediously in practice to gear up for the final few games ahead but one thing remains missing: William Moore.
Falcons safety William Moore still suffers from the hamstring injury that occurred against New Orleans. He has missed the past two games as a result of the injury and again watched practice from the sidelines today. Head coach Mike Smith confirmed he was running off to the side with trainers but sat out of the team portion of practice.
While Moore remains out, O-linesman Joe Hawley made his first appearance back in practice after completing his four game suspension caused by his violation of the league’s susbtance abuse policy for testing positive for Adderall in his system. His suspension began on Nov. 19th.
Atlanta has a week long period in which they are able to decide if Hawley will be added back onto the active roster and they plan to use the week to evaluate the situation. Should Hawley be added back onto the roster, it will be in replace of Harland Gunn who stepped in while Hawley fulfilled his suspension. Gunn has been inactive for all four games on which he was signed to the roster.
As the weekend approaches, only time will tell if Moore will be back on the field, or additional time is needed as the Falcons take extra pre-cautions in hopes to have him present in the post-season.