Akeem Dent LB ATL 2 Months
Falcons MLB Akeem Dent (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 5.
Being ruled out four days in advance of Monday night's tilt with the Jets is a sign Dent has a high-ankle sprain. The hits just keep on coming for the Falcons, who will likely be forced to go with journeyman Omar Gaither in Dent's absence.
Akeem Dent LB ATL Oct 15 '12
Falcons MLB Akeem Dent was promoted to a full-time player in Week 6 against the Raiders.
Dent opened the season as an early-down thumper, or essentially a situational run defender. He was used in the nickel package too against Oakland, and racked up eight tackles while playing every one of Atlanta's 73 defensive snaps. ESPN's Pat Yasinskas suspects Dent was only used as an every-down linebacker because SLB Stephen Nicholas was injured and played strictly special teams.
Akeem Dent LB ATL Aug 19 '12
Falcons MLB Akeem Dent (concussion) has been medically cleared for contact.
He'll resume practicing in team drills immediately and play in Atlanta's third preseason game. Concussed in the exhibition opener, Dent remains on track to start at middle linebacker in Week 1. The fact that Dent will leave the field on virtually every passing down means he's more of an LB3 in IDP leagues.
Akeem Dent LB ATL Aug 09 '12
Falcons MLB Akeem Dent left Thursday's preseason opener with a concussion.
The concussion may be a bit of a relief, as it initially appeared that Dent was forced from the game due to a more serious knee injury. The Falcons' new starter in the middle will have to pass the customary battery of tests to return to the field next week.
Akeem Dent LB ATL Jul 22 '12
Akeem Dent has emerged as the favorite to start at middle linebacker for the Falcons following Lofa Tatupu's pectoral injury.
ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas suggests that the Falcons' coaching staff had wanted Dent to claim the job all along. He's now going to get it, "ready or not." Dent is expected to be a two-down player, coming off the field in nickel packages. He may still push for 90 tackles, but will lose big-play potential.
Akeem Dent LB ATL Jun 21 '12
Middle linebackers Akeem Dent and Lofa Tatupu are alternating with the first-team defense during minicamp.
Curtis Lofton is now in New Orleans, leaving the early-down middle 'backer gig wide open. Tatupu might have the edge as the more experienced player, but he's been slowed by knee issues of late. Either way, there's not much IDP upside here.
Akeem Dent LB ATL Mar 28 '12
Coach Mike Smith confirmed that 2011 third-round pick Akeem Dent will battle newly-signed Lofa Tatupu for the starting middle linebacker job.
Smith labeled the competition "wide open." While Dent has the fresher legs, Smith indicated that Tatupu's workout for the Falcons was "really strong," with good change-of-direction ability. The winner will likely be limited to early downs.