Nolan, Falcons work around player absences

Nolan, Falcons work around player absences

By GEORGE HENRY
Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is still trying to gauge what his team will look like this season.

That's not easy to do during offseason training activities with some players unable to participate and others inexperienced.

But entering his 27th season as a coach in the NFL and 15th as a coordinator, Nolan says that it's far too early to be concerned.

Starting linebackers Sean Weatherspoon and Stephen Nicholas are sidelined recovering from offseason surgeries, and prized rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant is back in school completing his degree at Washington.

The Falcons aren't sure when the three players will return, but coach Mike Smith indicates they'll be back for a mandatory mini-camp June 18-20.

Until then, Nolan will look at other players on the depth chart.

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