5 things to know about the Falcons on Friday: Gurley ‘prepared to not play’

Falcons guards Justin Blalock (left) and Tyson Clabo help Ryan to his feet after the hit against Tampa Bay in 2015. All three made the Falcons' All-Decade (2010-19) team.
Falcons guards Justin Blalock (left) and Tyson Clabo help Ryan to his feet after the hit against Tampa Bay in 2015. All three made the Falcons' All-Decade (2010-19) team.

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Friday:.

1. COVID-19 testing. The 26 rookies who were tested Tuesday had to self-quarantine for two days and can get their second test today. If they pass both tests they could be allowed in the team facilities Saturday. The quarterbacks and some injured veterans were tested Thursday. The remaining veterans will start the testing procedures Tuesday.

2. Gurley speaks out. Falcons running back Todd Gurley questioned the viability of the season for the second time this week on a CBS Sports show. “You have to be prepared to not play or be prepared to have a half a season,” Gurley said. “If they don’t do things right, we won’t have a full season.” The Falcons had no comment on Gurley’s position at this time.

3. Countdown to Camp. Today we discussed the defensive backs. Next up, the linebackers and defensive line. Hit the link for all of the “Countdown to Camp” stories.

4. All-Decade team. The Falcons released their All-Decade team Monday. My only complaint was they should have made an additional lineman spot for center Todd McClure. I was, however, happy to see Tyson Clabo at the right tackle spot. After going undrafted, he bounced the league and even played for the Hamburg Sea Devils in NFL Europe before sticking with the Falcons from 2005-12. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2010.

5. Freeman watch. Former Falcons running back Devonta Freeman signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus after parting ways with agent Kristen Campbell, Uncle Luke’s wife.

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