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UPDATE: As expected, Roddy White will play.

Owners of the Rams’ Danny Amendola and Falcons’ Roddy White woke up to some good news this morning, as both wide outs are expected to suit up and play today. Official word on White is expected very soon, but it looks pretty good.

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And do it now.

The Falcons’ wide receiver corps is several shades of black and blue prior to their massive game this weekend against the Giants. Harry Douglas is listed as questionable with a rib injury after being limited in practice much of the week. The concern around his status is minimal, which is nice, because he’s now rather relevant.

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After two straight years of early playoff exits and questions surrounding both sides of the ball, the Atlanta Falcons finally appear to be a formidable force, flying high to a league-best 8-0 record through nine weeks of the season. A big reason for their success is the play of Matt Ryan and the offense, which has been producing on average 27.5 points per game through a lot of big plays off play action.

Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh would be proud of Ryan’s play-action execution, which Walsh called the “single best tool available to take advantage of a disciplined defense” at a coaching seminar many years ago. The eye-popping numbers Ryan has registered are prime evidence:  117.8 quarterback rating and 8.5 yards per attempt.

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Last August, Arian Foster was injured during training camp, and it was revealed that he’d likely miss the first week or two of the season. Since Foster is very active on Twitter, he immediately learned that for far too many, he’s just a number, and not a human.

That’s when he tweeted this:

“Those sincerely concerned, I’m doing OK & plan to B back by opening day. 4 those worried abt your fantasy team, u ppl are sick.”

Of course, the Internet took that quite well and filled Foster’s Twitter timeline with neanderthal vitriol, the highlight of which was someone who said that without fantasy football, Foster would be cleaning toilets. Because, you know, he only plays fantasy football, not real football.

When the backlash faded a bit, Foster then went on to explain that he loves fantasy football, and he’s even on his mom’s team, because of course his mother plays (quick aside: my mom is on both Facbook and Twitter, meaning she’s part of what I suspect is a rapidly growing segment of the motherly population that’s participating in social media, and she can tell me that dinner is ready digitally as I blog from her basement…what a world).

I mention all of this only because even if he didn’t intend to piss you off last summer, there’s a stark contrast between what Foster tweeted, and the very open and oddly apologetic embracing of fantasy football by Roddy White and DeAngelo Williams.

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