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Falcons | Christian Retirement Official

Wed, 12 Mar 2003 10:30:45 -0800

Updating previous stories, AtlantaFalcons.com reports the official retirement of FB Bob Christian (Falcons) today.

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Falcons | Christian Savings

Tue, 11 Mar 2003 20:33:26 -0800

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian's retirement created $1.2 million in salary cap room for the team.

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Falcons | Christian Retiring

Tue, 11 Mar 2003 14:17:08 -0800

The AP reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian, whose season ended with a concussion last December, has told the team he will retire. He was removed from the active roster February 21.

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Falcons | Christian Savings

Thu, 27 Feb 2003 14:57:25 -0800

ESPN.com's John Clayton, as an update to previous stories, reports the Atlanta Falcons saved $1.25 million in salary cap room with the release of FB Bob Christian.

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Falcons | Christian Gone

Thu, 27 Feb 2003 09:45:28 -0800

Updating an earlier story, John Clayton reports the Atlanta Falcons have released FB Bob Christian (concussion). He failed his physical because of concussions. He is still pondering retirement.

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Falcons | Christian Done?

Sun, 23 Feb 2003 13:33:16 -0800

Len Pasquarelli reports for ESPN.com Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian (concussion) is leaning toward retirement after suffering two concussions in 2002. He is expected to take a few more weeks to decide his future.

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Falcons | Christian Update

Thu, 16 Jan 2003 21:26:08 -0800

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian hasn't made a decision regarding retirement after suffering his second knockout concussion of the season during December.

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Falcons | Christian On IR

Wed, 01 Jan 2003 10:05:35 -0800

The AP reports the Atlanta Falcons have placed FB Bob Christian (concussion) on IR.

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Falcons | Christian Out

Mon, 30 Dec 2002 10:44:15 -0800

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Reeves said FB Bob Christian (concussion) will not play in the first round of the playoffs.

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Falcons | Layne To Start

Sun, 29 Dec 2002 09:32:29 -0800

Updating previous reports, the Atlanta Falcons have announced FB George Layne will start in place of FB Bob Christian.

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Falcons | Week 17 Inactives

Sun, 29 Dec 2002 09:30:57 -0800

The Atlanta Falcons have announced S Henry Jones, FB Bob Christian, LB Karon Riley, LB John Holecek, C Roberto Garza, DE Ronald Flemons and WR Shawn Jefferson as inactive for week 17. Kurt Kittner will be the teamís No. 3 QB.

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Falcons | Layne Will Start

Sat, 28 Dec 2002 08:51:49 -0800

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Atlanta Falcons FB George Layne will start this weekend because FB Bob Christian (concussion) is out.

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Falcons | Christian Out For Opener, If There Is One

Thu, 26 Dec 2002 08:00:20 -0800

Updating previous reports, the Ledger-Enquirer reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian (concussion) would miss the Falcons first-round playoff game due to a concussion if the team qualifies for the playoffs this week.

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Falcons | Christian Pondering Future Following Concussion

Tue, 24 Dec 2002 00:07:09 -0800

Updating previous reports, the Associated Press reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian (concussion) acknowledged his career may be over after suffering another concussion in week sixteen.

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Falcons | Christian Update Ė Out For Finale

Mon, 23 Dec 2002 06:41:09 -0800

Updating previous reports, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian (concussion) suffered a Grade Two concussion during Sundayís game. He was released from the hospital Sunday night. Head coach Dan Reeves has already ruled him out for week 17.

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Falcons | Christian Injured

Sun, 22 Dec 2002 18:33:44 -0800

ESPN reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian (concussion) suffered a concussion in week sixteen.

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Falcons | Fast Fact: Give Christian the Ball

Tue, 19 Nov 2002 20:55:38 -0800

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the Atlanta Falcons are are 0-3 when FB Bob Christian does not have a carry, 6-0-1 when he does.

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Falcons | Christian Dinged

Mon, 11 Nov 2002 00:39:13 -0800

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian (quad) strained his right quadriceps during Sunday's game.

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Falcons | Christian Dinged

Wed, 06 Nov 2002 21:14:50 -0800

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian (sprained left knee) was injured at practice Wednesday. No official word on his current status.

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Falcons | Christian - Game-time Decision?

Thu, 24 Oct 2002 20:47:15 -0700

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian (concussion) practiced again Thursday, but once again without contact. "I've had some small headaches," he said. The decision on Christian's playing status may wait until Sunday.

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Falcons | Christian Sits

Wed, 23 Oct 2002 16:54:21 -0700

AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. He is questionable for Sunday's game. He will not take part in any contact drills during the practice week.

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Falcons | Christian Questionable

Wed, 23 Oct 2002 07:42:09 -0700

Updating previous reports, the Atlanta Falcons have listed FB Bob Christian (concussion) as questionable for this weekendís game.

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Falcons | Christian Knocked Out; Taken to Hospital

Mon, 21 Oct 2002 06:59:31 -0700

Updating previous reports, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian (concussion) suffered a concussion on Sunday. He was out cold for awhile and had to be taken to Piedmont Hospital for observation. Itís rare for a player to be knocked out one week and play the following, so his status for next week is up in the air. Atlanta doesnít have a backup fullback, so backup TE Brian Kozlowski replaced him during the game.

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Falcons | Christian Injured

Sun, 20 Oct 2002 19:01:58 -0700

AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian was knocked out of the game with an undisclosed injury on Sunday. He was unable to return to the game.

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Falcons | Christian Quietly Extended

Fri, 06 Sep 2002 13:30:50 -0700

Len Pasquarelli reports for ESPN.com the Atlanta Falcons quietly extended the contract of FB Bob Christian. They added two years to his contract, keeping under wraps through the 2005 season. Christian got a $600,000 signing bonus, but he dropped his 2002 base salary from $2 million to $750,000. He can make up the balance in not likely to be earned incentives. The new deal saves Atlanta $1.1 million this season and $1.8 million for the 2003 season, when Christian's base salary drops from the scheduled $3 million to $1 million. In the years added to the contract, Christian will have base salaries of $1.2 million in 2004 and $1.4 million in 2005. He can also earn $500,000 roster bonuses in 2004 and 2005.

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Falcons | Fullback Position Up For Grabs?

Tue, 11 Jun 2002 16:16:19 -0700

AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons FBs Dallas Neil, Bob Christian and George Layne split duties in practice on Tuesday. Layne added 15-20 pounds of muscle in the off season and looks poised to compete for the starting job.

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Falcons | Christian Update

Mon, 07 Jan 2002 22:27:01 -0800

The Post Dispatch reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian (sprained ligament in his right knee) will need not need surgery, but his injury will take several weeks to heal.

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Falcons | Two Dinged

Sun, 06 Jan 2002 14:35:27 -0800

AtlantaFalcons.com reports OT Michael Thompson (shoulder) left Sunday's game in the first quarter, but he was able to return. FB Bob Christian (sprained MCL) also left and his return is doubtful.

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Falcons | Pro Bowl Notes

Thu, 03 Jan 2002 07:57:15 -0800

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Atlanta Falcons LB Keith Brooking is a first alternate for the Pro Bowl. QB Chris Chandler and FB Bob Christian were third alternates.

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Falcons | Running Back Tidbits

Wed, 02 Jan 2002 14:44:05 -0800

AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Reeves said RB Maurice Smith will be the team's starting tailback again this weekend but they'll continue to rotate in FB Bob Christian and backup RB Rodney Thomas during the game, too.

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Falcons | Reeves - My Bad Call

Sun, 30 Dec 2001 22:23:03 -0800

The Associated Press reports Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves said he made a mistake taking the ball out of QB Michael Vick's hands for the the team's last play of the game. On fourth-and-goal from the 1-foot line with 53 seconds left in the game, the team tried to run FB Bob Christian up the middle and he was stopped. "I wish I'd have done it. I wish I had done anything to put it into his hands, instead of what we did," Reeves said. The loss eliminated the Falcons from the playoffs.

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Falcons | Running Back Tidbits

Fri, 28 Dec 2001 14:10:36 -0800

AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Reeves said both FB Bob Christian (calf/knee) and RB Rodney Thomas would spell RB Maurice Smith (knee) at tailback this weekend.

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Falcons | RB Notes

Thu, 27 Dec 2001 13:26:46 -0800

Charles Odum reports for the Sporting News Atlanta Falcons RB Rodney Thomas is expected to continue to see an extended amount of action over the team's last two games. Starting RB Maurice Smith has been slowed for several weeks by a sprained ankle, and he will need off-season surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee. Unless FB Bob Christian starts in a one-back set, Smith should be the starting RB again. Thomas' speed also produced quick bursts that allowed him to create extra yards against the Bills last week and the offense needs the threat of the long run.

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Falcons | Injury Notes

Sun, 23 Dec 2001 20:12:15 -0800

AtlantaFalcons.com reports QB Chris Chandler (flu symptons) was able to make it through the full game today. FB Bob Christian (knee), WR Brian Finneran (knee bruise), S Chris Hudson (knee), TE Brian Kozlowski (knee bruise), OT Ephraim Salaam (finger) and RB Maurice Smith (toe sprain) all suffered injuries today, but none are considered serious.

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Falcons | Injury Updates

Fri, 21 Dec 2001 11:36:21 -0800

AtlantaFalcons.com reports FB Bob Christian (calf), DE Brady Smith (back) and CB Elijah Williams (ankle) all missed practice earlier today. Head coach Dan Reeves said that Christianís status for the Bills game will be determined at game time.

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Falcons | Christian Added to Injury Report

Thu, 20 Dec 2001 14:21:05 -0800

AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian (calf) was added to the team's injury report as questionable on Thursday. He did not practice on Thursday but may return to action on Friday.

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Falcons | Injury Update

Fri, 14 Dec 2001 13:48:42 -0800

AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons CB Elijah Williams (ankle) didn't practice on Friday. X-rays on his ankle injury were negative but he was wearing a walking boot today. He won't play this weekend. WR Shawn Jefferson (back), OT Ephraim Salaam (ankle), CB Ashley Ambrose (calf), FB Bob Christian (elbow), DE Brady Smith (back) and RB Maurice Smith (knee) all continued to practice with no problems and are expected to play this weekend.

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Falcons | Injury Updates

Thu, 13 Dec 2001 16:53:29 -0800

AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons WR Shawn Jefferson (back) and OT Ephraim Salaam (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday. Jefferson was upgraded from questionable to probable and showed no ill effects of his back injury while working with the first-string offense. CB Elijah Williams (ankle) rolled his ankle during Thursday's practice and his status will be updated on Friday. CB Ashley Ambrose (shin), FB Bob Christian (elbow), DE Brady Smith (back) and RB Maurice Smith (knee) continued to practice with no problems.

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Falcons | Smith Has Cartilage Damage in Knee

Wed, 12 Dec 2001 15:06:23 -0800

AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons RB Maurice Smith (knee) and FB Bob Christian (elbow) both practiced on Wednesday. Both are listed as probable for this weekend's game. Smith underwent an MRI earlier this week that showed he has some cartilage damage in his knee and the team isn't sure when he first suffered his knee injury.

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Falcons | Injury Update

Tue, 11 Dec 2001 09:34:03 -0800

As an update to previous reports, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian suffered a 1 1/2 inch gash on his left elbow. The doctors took out part of the bursa sac and sewed it back up with eight stitches. ORT Ephraim Salaam (sprained ankle) doesn't believe he'll be able to practice before Thursday.

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Falcons | Injury Tidbits

Sun, 09 Dec 2001 16:48:42 -0800

AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons DE Brady Smith (back sprain), CB Ashley Ambrose (bruised shin), ORT Ephraim Salaam (sprained right ankle) and FB Bob Christian (elbow) were banged up during Sunday's game. All players will be further evaluated on Monday.

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Falcons | Injury Update

Mon, 22 Oct 2001 12:41:28 -0700

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Atlanta Falcons WR Shawn Jefferson aggravated his left ankle and big toe and burst the bursa sac in his right elbow as well. RB Maurice Smith suffered a sprained right knee. DL Patrick Kerney suffered a sprained left ankle and FB Bob Christian suffered a sprained neck. With a BYE Sunday, the Falcons may have all their players healthy for the following week's game.

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Falcons | Christian Suffers Rib Injury

Sun, 14 Oct 2001 18:05:59 -0700

AtlantaFalcons.com reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian suffered a rib injury on Sunday. His condition will be updated on Monday.

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Falcons | Christian Tweaks Hamstring

Sun, 08 Jul 2001 11:05:35 -0700

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Atlanta Falcons FB Bob Christian sat out of Saturday's practice after suffering a minor hamstring injury.

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Falcons | All The News Is Not Bad For Atlanta

Mon, 14 Jun 1999 21:55:00 -0700

Charles Odom writes in the Ledger-Enquirer that all the news for the Falcons was not bad today as RBs Bob Christian and Bryon Hanspard were at practice today. Both are attempting to comeback from knee injuries suffered in 1998. Christian says he expects to be ready to participate in the July 28 opening of training camp. Hanspard showed good quickness and speed Monday but said he has not yet been cleared for training camp. The team used RB Ken Oxendine with the first team offense today for 11-on-11 drills.

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