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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Pigskin Stew: Bradie Ewing no longer a bird, Corey Peters still a bird and Roddy “Welcher” White gives a fan the bird


By on 3/23/2014 04:00:00 PM

Welcome to Pigskin Stew, your weekly recap of injury related news around the NFL that you might have missed while your tears where in your beers because your March Madness brackets hit the cuvette. 

It could be worse; you could be the biggest welcher in the world, no wait that embarrassment goes to Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White who in my view tried to walk the walk and stumbled mightily but also is clueless about his own fan base.  By now, everyone knows the story and the moral of it is pay up or shut up and do not give your own fans the high hard one.  How White rolls really steams my stew but that is for another day.

It is all Falcons in the stew this week so sit back, relax, full tilt of your offseason cocktail concoction and join me every Sunday afternoon up until the start of the 2014 preseason for your injury related news that flew under your radar. 




Atlanta Falcons release fullback Bradie Ewing

The Atlanta Falcons released oft-injured fullback Bradie Ewing this week. Selected by the Birds in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the 6'0" 240 pound FB is the poster child for the age-old saying in the NFL, "you cannot make the club from the tub."

In 2012, Ewing injured his knee in a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.  Injured on punt coverage, Ewing was lost for the entire season.

Ewing worked hard in the 2013 offseason and the Falcons saw enough to keep the young FB.  With some pass-catching ability, Atlanta was optimistic for Ewing.  However, the football Gods had other plans and two games into Ewing's 2013 season; he was placed on the injured reserve list with a separated shoulder.

Two seasons, two games and that is not the blueprint to succeed in the NFL, especially as a true FB.  With most NFL teams not even using a full time FB, it will be a difficult sell for Ewing to land elsewhere.

I hope he did not make any bets with welcher White.


Atlanta Falcons defensive linemen Corey Peters ready for 2014

Atlanta Falcons defensive linemen Corey Peters injured his Achilles tendon in December and though still rehabbing, he hopes to be ready for the start of the 2014 season.

Peters ended the 2013 season with 46 combined tackles and five sacks, enough for the Falcons to bring him back on a one-year deal for 2014.  Peters, who spoke on SiriusXM NFL Radio this week, had this to say about his next steps in the rehab process:
[I am] Finally back to walking and feeling really good.  Now I’m able to work out and lift now that I’m off the crutches. The goal is to be ready to go by the time the season starts.  It just depends on how everything works out. When we finish with one step we’ll move onto the next one, and hopefully we’ll have all the steps completed by the time training camp starts.
With the additions of Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson while retaining the services of Jonathan Babineaux and Peria Jerry a healthy Peters will only add to a much improve defensive front for Atlanta.

I would love to see White skip out on a bet with Soliai.
 

Check back next Sunday for another bowl of Pigskin Stew, until then stay thirsty my friends.


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