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LOCAL PROFILE: NFL Linebacker Rennie Curran

LILBURN -- Former Brookwood High School football standout, Rennie Curran is patiently waiting for a new jersey. Over the past two years, Curran went from the University of Georgia to LP Field in Nashville and now he's back at home.

 Curran was released shortly after this year's NFL pre-season, despite leading the team in tackles during the pre-season. 

Since being cut, Curran has been training at Catalyst and other gyms to ensure that when he does get a call, he wont miss a step. Curran is pretty confident he'll be wearing someone's jersey soon.    

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FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons need to quickly get past awful showing

FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons need to quickly get past awful showing

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Coach Mike Smith says the Atlanta Falcons don't have long to correct their mistakes.

With Philadelphia (1-0) and former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick visiting the Georgia Dome in six days, Smith believes Atlanta (0-1) must return to the fundamental style of play that led to a 13-3 record last season.

In a 30-12 season-opening loss at Chicago, the Atlanta defense missed tackles and assignments that led to six plays of 23 or more yards.

Quarterback Matt Ryan, who was sacked five times and hit six others, combined with running back Michael Turner for three turnovers. The offense, despite 386 net yards, went 0 for 2 in red-zone chances and converted only four of 13 third-down opportunities.

Smith described the team's mood on Monday as "disappointed but not discouraged."

Vick facing Falcons for 1st time as Eagles starter

Vick facing Falcons for 1st time as Eagles starter

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Michael Vick isn't about to declare the Georgia Dome his house, even though he'll surely hear plenty of cheers and see plenty of No. 7 jerseys Sunday night.

Vick will be returning to Atlanta for the second time since his release from federal prison. Unlike two years ago, when he threw for one touchdown and ran for another in a backup role, he's now the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Speaking on a conference call Wednesday, Vick was asked if he would follow the infamous lead of Deion Sanders in declaring the Dome "my house" when returning as a visiting player.

Vick graciously declared, "That's Matt Ryan's house. I'm just a visitor." Ryan took over as the Falcons quarterback after Vick went to prison for running a dogfighting operation.

Led by the new Vick, Eagles have dynamic offense

Led by the new Vick, Eagles have dynamic offense

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Michael Vick that's headed back to Atlanta this weekend isn't the same quarterback that used to thrill fans inside the Georgia Dome.

That's good news for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Vick is a far more complete player than he was during six, mostly spectacular seasons with the Falcons. As a result, the Eagles (1-0) have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL.

"Maturity has been something that I think has been the biggest reason why I'm able to accomplish the things that I've been able to accomplish today," Vick said Wednesday. "Just being older, with age comes the maturation process. Everything just happens in time."

Eagles have history on their side vs. Falcons

Eagles have history on their side vs. Falcons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Nobody likes to run the football more than the Atlanta Falcons. And nobody likes to stop them more than the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sounds like a decent matchup, huh?

The Eagles have defeated the Falcons in each of the last three seasons, and each time, with a different cast of players and even a couple different defensive coordinators, they slammed the door on the vaunted Atlanta rushing attack.

The Falcons have averaged 129 rushing yards per game the last three years, but in losses to the Eagles the last three years, they've gained 77, 61 and 65 yards.

But the Falcons (0-1) will likely try again to establish their running attack Sunday when they play host to the Eagles (1-0) at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons will try to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2007, and the Eagles are after their first 2-0 start since 2004.

FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons try to fill void left by injured starters

FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons try to fill void left by injured starters

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons are trying to compensate for a growing list of injured starters.

With defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and center Todd McClure sidelined, the Falcons (0-1) won't be at full strength Sunday night when the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) visit the Georgia Dome.

The good news for Atlanta, however, is that fullback Ovie Mughelli and defensive tackle Corey Peters haven't missed practice this week and seem nearly recovered from knee injuries.

Mughelli left last week's season-opening loss at Chicago with a knee injury and did not return.

Peters, a 15-game starter as a rookie in 2010, did not dress because of a knee injury suffered in preseason. His return helps offset the absence of Babineaux, a full-time starter over the last six years.