INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor later this year.
A date for the ceremony has not yet been chosen....
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dwight Freeney mastered the art of spinning long before he reached the NFL.
He kept his body low, his head up and his eyes focused on the quarterback. It made him different, and it made him one of the NFL's great pass rushers.
On Monday, after 16 seasons of chasing quarterbacks and making offensive linemen look silly, the former Indianapolis Colts star returned to his adopted hometown to sign a one-day contract to retire with the Colts.
Dwight Freeney to retire as member of Colts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Defensive end Dwight Freeney will retire as a member of the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.
Team officials made the announcement Thursday.
Freeney was a seven-time Pro Bowler, a three-time first-team All-Pro selection and played in three Super Bowls. He won his only title with the Colts following the 2006 season.
The speed rusher was best known for his trademark spin, a move defensive coaches chided and offensive linemen feared.
Detroit Lions free agency capsule
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DTs Haloti Ngata and Jordan Hill; LBs Tahir Whitehead, Nick Bellore, Dwight Freeney and LB Paul Worrilow; CBs D.J. Hayden and Nevin Lawson; C Travis Swanson; Ss Don Carey and S Tavon Wilson; TE Darren Fells; OTs Greg Robinson and Don Barclay; RB Mike James.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WR TJ Jones; LB Brandon Copeland; OL Zac Kerin; RB Zach Zenner.
Allen Park — The Detroit Lions had all five of their starting offensive linemen practicing Wednesday, although two, guard T.J. Lang (foot) and right tackle Rick Wagner (ankle), remained limited.
Center Travis Swanson, who has missed the past two games with a concussion, was a full participant.
Allen Park — Defensive end Dwight Freeney and coach Jim Caldwell have been in this dire situation before.
With four weeks of the regular season remaining, the Lions have fallen well off pace in the playoff race and have no safety net to save them now.
But while their postseason hopes are on the verge of flatlining, there is still a faint pulse, which is all that matters at this point of the season.
Allen Park — There had been flirtations for years, but it wasn't until last week, when need intersected with opportunity, that Dwight Freeney finally made it to Detroit.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell always has held Freeney in the highest regard. As the coach at Wake Forest, Caldwell tried to recruit Freeney out of high school, and the pair spent a decade together in Indianapolis.
Freeney’s winding career path now brings him to Detroit
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — At age 37, Dwight Freeney can never be too sure what next year is going to bring — or even next week.
Freeney was caught off guard last week, when Seattle waived him about a month after he'd signed with the Seahawks.
McCown and Peppers meet as part of dwindling NFL club
Josh McCown and Julius Peppers will greet each other on the field at some point Sunday before their teams square off, knowing they're part of an exclusive — and dwindling — NFL club.
The New York Jets quarterback and Carolina Panthers defensive end are two of only three active players who were selected in the 2002 NFL draft. And, until Detroit signed defensive end Dwight Freeney on Wednesday, McCown and Peppers were the only two this week.
Lions DE Ansah active, Vikings OT Remmers inactive
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is active after missing two games with a back injury.
Ansah had been listed as questionable for Thursday's game against Minnesota.
Vikings right tackle Mike Remmers is inactive. He had been questionable because of a concussion. Rashod Hill is starting at right tackle.
Lions add DE Dwight Freeney off waivers from Seahawks
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have added Dwight Freeney off waivers from Seattle.
Detroit acquired the 37-year-old Freeney on Wednesday, a day before hosting the Minnesota Vikings in a possibly pivotal game for the NFC North title.
The Lions need help at defensive end in part because Ezekiel Ansah is questionable with a back injury that has kept him out of the last two games.
Allen Park — It's not every day you add a future Hall of Famer to the roster, but that's exactly what the Detroit Lions did Wednesday, claiming defensive end Dwight Freeney off waivers.
To clear room on the roster, the Lions waived wide receiver Jace Billingsley.
Seahawks unexpectedly waive veteran DE Dwight Freeney
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have made an unexpected roster move, waiving veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney just four games after signing him to help boost their pass rush.
Seattle made the roster move Tuesday but no corresponding move was announced.
Even at 37, Dwight Freeney showing young guys how it’s done
SEATTLE (AP) — After Dwight Freeney arrived in Seattle, Frank Clark immediately started soaking up everything that Freeney did.
Even the little things like how Freeney prepared for a practice became notes that Clark stored away. It was the kind of preparation the third-year defensive end hadn't seen to that extent.
Griffen, Vikings’ defensive line pose challenge for Redskins
LANDOVER, Maryland (AP) — Everson Griffen doesn't take much credit for his place in NFL history.
The Minnesota Vikings defensive end joined pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis as the only three players with a sack in each of his team's first eight games of the season since the league began tracking the stat in 1982. Griffen talks like a chunk of his 10 sacks belong to fellow linemen Danielle Hunter, Brian Robison, Tom Johnson and Linval Joseph.
Griffen, Vikings’ defensive line pose challenge for Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Everson Griffen doesn't take much credit for his place in NFL history.
The Minnesota Vikings defensive end joined stud pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis as the only three players with a sack in each of his team's first eight games of the season since the league began tracking the stat in 1982. Griffen talks like a chunk of his 10 sacks belong to fellow linemen Danielle Hunter, Brian Robison, Tom Johnson and Linval Joseph.
Freeney off the golf course and back in NFL with Seahawks
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Dwight Freeney was on the verge of giving up on the 2017 season.
Growing tired of going to the gym and going through the same workout routine in the hopes of getting a phone call from an interested team, Freeney had given himself one more week before deciding the rest of the season would likely be spent on the golf course.
Seahawks agree to deal with veteran DE Dwight Freeney
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney is back in the NFL after agreeing to a deal to join the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks announced they had agreed to terms on a deal with Freeney on Tuesday night after bringing him in for a visit earlier in the day. The 37-year-old has been without a job after spending last season with Atlanta.
Falcons Preview Capsule
ATLANTA FALCONS (13-6)
New faces: DT Dontari Poe, DE Jack Crawford, FB Derrick Coleman, WR Andre Roberts, rookie DE Takkarist McKinley, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkasian.
Key losses: DT Ra'Shede Hageman (commissioner's exempt list), DT Jonathan Babineaux, OG Chris Chester, FB Patrick DiMarco, TE Jacob Tamme, LB Paul Worrilow, DE Dwight Freeney, WR Eric Weems, SS Dashon Goldson, LB Philip Wheeler.
SOUTHINGTON — Newtown High School senior wrestler Anthony Falbo received the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance Hal Levy Male High School Athlete of the Year for 2016 at the Alliance’s 76th-annual Gold Key Dinner Sunday at the Aqua Turf Club. As a junior, the Purdue University-bound Falbo won his second straight national championship, a New England title and his third consecutive State Open Class LL and South-West Conference crowns. Also awarded at the dinner was Newtown Youth Wrestling Association coach Curtis Urbina, who received a Good Sport Award for his volunteer efforts. This year’s Gold Key Award recipients were Atlanta Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney, a former Bloomfield High School star; five-time Olympic archer Butch Johnson; Farmington High School boys soccer coach Steve Waters; and former Cheshire High School swim coach Ed Aston.
Edge in experience could be telling in Super Bowl
HOUSTON (AP) — There's no hiding it. One edge the New England Patriots have over the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday's Super Bowl can't be denied: experience.
It's a factor never to be scoffed at when the AFC and NFC champions meet for the league title.
Falcons C Alex Mack ready to go in Super Bowl
HOUSTON (AP) — Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn is feeling better about his Pro Bowl center.
While Alex Mack was again listed as limited during Friday's final practice before the Super Bowl, Quinn says that Mack looked better than he thought the previous day after viewing the tape.
Mack is slowed by a fibula injury sustained in the NFC championship game.
Falcons concerned about ailing Pro Bowl C Alex Mack
HOUSTON (AP) — Super Bowl week has gone smoothly for the Atlanta Falcons.
Pro Bowl center Alex Mack was bothered by his injured left fibula during practice at Rice University, and coach Dan Quinn says he's "concerned" about the anchor of the offensive line heading into Sunday's title game against the New England Patriots.
Freeney has a chance to go out on top with Atlanta Falcons
HOUSTON (AP) — Dwight Freeney is coming up on that time of year when he has to answer some hard questions.
How does his body feel?
Can he still be effective at what he does?
Is the motivation to succeed as strong as ever?
Once he completes that little self-evaluation, he can decide whether it's time to call it a career.
Young Falcons defense shuts out Packers in first half
ATLANTA (AP) — After a week of big projections about the high-scoring offenses in the NFC championship game, the big surprise came from Atlanta's defense.
The Falcons shut out Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the first half of their 44-21 win Sunday. Atlanta earned its second trip to the Super Bowl by muffling one of the league's most respected offenses.
After 51 years, Falcons still chasing first championship
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons practiced under blue skies Thursday, the temperature climbing toward 70 degrees.
A rare sight, indeed, for this time of year — and not just because of the unseasonable winter weather.
Mathis announces Colts’ season finale will be final NFL game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Robert Mathis speaks, the Indianapolis Colts listen. Every time.
It's a right the outside linebacker earned by playing 14 productive NFL seasons — all with the same team, all with the same passion, all with the same penchant for putting quarterbacks on the ground.
Humphries goes from inactive to versatile and essential.
PHOENIX (AP) — In two seasons, D.J. Humphries has gone from perpetually inactive to versatile and essential.
He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round out of Florida, the 24th pick overall after leaving school early. And he did not dress for a single game as a rookie.
Falcons missing 3 starters for Sunday’s game at Eagles
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The first-place Atlanta Falcons have ruled out three starters for their game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Running back Tevin Coleman will miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury, while tight end Jacob Tamme is sitting out his second game in a row with a shoulder problem.
Cornerback Desmond Trufant left the last game, a Thursday night victory over Tampa Bay, with a shoulder injury. Even with extra time to recover, he wasn't able to make it back.
Falcons have extra rest after impressive win over Buccaneers
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — A short work week couldn't slow the Atlanta Falcons' high-scoring offense.
The Falcons now hope having extra time off will provide an opportunity for some key players to recover from injuries.
Bucs rookie RB Barber makes first NFL start vs. Falcons
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are down to their fourth starting running back, with rookie Peyton Barber filling in for the injured Doug Martin on Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons.
Martin has been sidelined with hamstring injury since Week 2. Backup Charles Sims made two starts before hurting his knee and being placed on injured reserves. Jacquizz Rodgers started the past three games, but was inactive Thursday night with a left foot injury.
Coleman ruled out, Falcons to use Ward behind Freeman
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons running back Tevin Coleman has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers with a hamstring injury.
Coach Dan Quinn said Friday that Terron Ward, promoted earlier this week from the practice squad, will work behind Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman.
Freeman and Coleman are the only running backs to take a snap this year for Atlanta. They have combined for 1,241 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns on 205 touches.
Falcons place DE Shelby on IR with torn Achilles tendon
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have placed defensive end Derrick Shelby on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon, ending his season.
Shelby left Sunday's loss at Seattle with what was initially announced as a calf injury. He had eight tackles in six games, including four starts, this season. He left the Dolphins to sign a four-year, $18 million deal with Atlanta in March.
Falcons face a familiar issue after no sacks in Week 1 loss
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — New players. New coaches. New schemes.
Same ol' results.
For the better part of a decade, the Atlanta Falcons have been trying to figure out how to get more pressure on the other team's quarterback.
Coming off a season with their lowest number of sacks since the 1980s, the shortcoming quickly cropped up again when the Falcons failed to bring down Jameis Winston in a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay.
KICKING OFF: Freeney expected to make debut with Falcons
A look at Thursday's NFL preseason matchups:
NOW YOU SEE HIM
The Falcons' latest hope for boosting their pass rush, defensive end Dwight Freeney, is expected to make his Atlanta debut against the Browns after reaching a deal on Aug. 2. The Falcons, last in the NFL with 19 sacks last season, have ranked no higher than 28th since 2012. Freeney, 36, is expected to play in nickel packages.
Falcons agree to deal with pass-rush specialist Freeney
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons attempted to address their persistent pass-rush problem on Tuesday by agreeing to terms on a deal with free-agent linebacker Dwight Freeney.
Freeney, 36, hasn't had a double-digit sack total since 2010. Even so, his eight sacks in 11 games with Arizona in 2015 would have easily led Atlanta. He'll give the Falcons the established pass-rush leader the team has lacked since John Abraham's final season with Atlanta in...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — There could be some last-minute additions to the Atlanta Falcons' roster, possibly before Thursday's opening of training camp.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn already believe they have a stronger roster after an 8-8 finish in Quinn's 2015 debut. Quinn said he expects stiff competitions at several positions, including right guard, linebacker and tight end.
The release Tuesday of wide receiver and return specialist...