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    Falcons guard Lehr suspended by NFL

    Between injuries, suspensions and coaches arguing amongst each other (rumor) the Steelers should be favored by 14 points weekend

    http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/sports/football/15783034.htm
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - An already troubled Atlanta Falcons offensive line lost starting guard Matt Lehr on Tuesday to a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

    Lehr is the first Atlanta player to be suspended due to an infraction of the policy since 2002, when cornerback Ray Buchanan drew a four-game suspension after he tested positive for anabolic steroids. Buchanan said a nutritional supplement containing ephedrine, a substance banned by the NFL, made him fail the test.

    The NFL, in keeping with its steroid policy, did not reveal the type of substance found in Lehr's drug test.

    Lehr, 27, will be eligible to return to the Falcons' active roster on Nov. 13.

    "Obviously, we are disappointed, but the NFL's policies are very clear that all NFL players are responsible for what goes into their bodies - regardless of the source," coach Jim Mora said in a statement. "We have options to replace Matt over the next four weeks that we are very comfortable with."

    The Falcons lead the NFL in rushing yardage for the second straight season.

    Despite that success running the ball, the Falcons have not scored a touchdown in their last 11 red-zone opportunities. Quarterback Michael Vick was sacked seven times in last week's loss to the New York Giants. The line has given up 18 sacks in five games.

    Austin King, who started at guard in last season's final game when Lehr was held out with a calf injury, is the most experienced backup. Tyson Clabo, who has never started an NFL game, is the other top option, pending other roster moves.

    The Falcons were considering making a roster move to replace Lehr on Tuesday night, according to team spokesman Reggie Roberts.

    One option was to sign offensive tackle Bo Lacy from the practice squad. The team also was believed to be examining a list of available free agents.

    The Falcons face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

    The 6-foot-2, 304-pound Lehr plays on an offensive line known more for its quickness than its bulk.

    The loss of Lehr comes as the Falcons' other starting guard, Kynan Forney, continues to recover from a separated right shoulder he suffered on Oct. 1. Lehr, a fifth-round draft choice by the Dallas Cowboys in 2001, started 15 games last season, his first with Atlanta.

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    If the Steelers are up for this game, it could be a blowout. If they can get out fast and score a couple of TD's early, Atlanta is absolutely incapable of making a comeback...they aren't designed for that type of football.

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    They came back on the Steelers once before after being down I'm sure we all remember that game!

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    You know me, that is a game I will never forget for something else that happened. GRRRRRR

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    Those were the days when teams lit up our passing defense at will...that was a really bizarre game, too. If I'm not mistaken, isn't that the only game Cowher didn't win when being up by more than 10 points in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by suitanim View Post
    Those were the days when teams lit up our passing defense at will...that was a really bizarre game, too. If I'm not mistaken, isn't that the only game Cowher didn't win when being up by more than 10 points in?
    You are correct! The good thing though is he didn't lose that game either ... Now that you bring that up (the wins after getting a 10 point lead) didn't Cowher add to losses to this little stat of his this year with the Bengals and San Diego game or is there some stipulation on the record like with 5 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter or something

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    I think it was at halftime, but I could be wrong.

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    A tie is as bad as a loss, I don't want to go through that again. We need to take control of these guys from the start and get the crowd out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOP GUN View Post
    A tie is as bad as a loss, I don't want to go through that again. We need to take control of these guys from the start and get the crowd out of it.
    It's better than a loss for playoff consideration, but, yeah, I've always considered it the same.

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