Atlanta vs. Vikings: Player News and Notes

Posted Oct 1, 2005

FLOWERY BRANCH - Player news and notes for Sunday's game with the Vikings.

--WR Dez White practiced Wednesday, but he is still far from 100 percent after injuring his hamstring at Seattle two weeks ago and missing the Buffalo game. Brian Finneran might start in his place for the second straight game.

--WR Roddy White needs to catch his first career pass to restore some confidence that surely must he down a bit after making no difference in the first three games.

--RDE Brady Smith is back after missing two games with strained quadriceps. With Smith pressuring Bryant McKinnie, the Falcons might bring more blitzes from the right side.

--CB Allen Rossum hopes to return punts and kickoffs, but the successful debut last week of Chris Cash could give Atlanta secondary coach Brett Maxie more options in nickel and dime coverages.

--P Michael Koenen has helped the Falcons resume their standing as one of the top coverage units in the NFL. The team has downed five of his 18 attempts inside the 20-yard line.

GAME PLAN: The Falcons will try and do what they normally do offensively, mixing the run with Warrick Dunn and T.J. Duckett, while quarterback Michael Vick works the passing game with a combination of his passes and runs.

Defensively, the Falcons should be able to prevent the Vikings from making big plays, thanks to an aggressive unit that is capable of making big plays of its own.

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