Friday, July 9, 2010

Falcons LB James is unavailable for first four regular-season games

The Atlanta Falcons linebacker Robert James now can take some more time to wear his favorite Brett Favre jersey while preparing for his first regular-season game, which will be four week later than his team’s first one. According to reports, the NFL has suspended the third-year linebacker for four regular season games for violation against the league’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substance.

So James will get more preparing time than his teammates as he will be eligible to participate in team’s training camp and the preseason as well as practice facility. However, what the linebacker really worries about is that his starting job might be taken away during the time he is absent. The former fifth-round draft pick in 2008 had already lost his favor with Falcons head coach Mike Smith since the arrival of first-round pick Sean Weatherspoon. A lot of people are expecting that the rookie linebacker will win a competition for the starting role at linebacker to replace James during the veteran’s absence.

If Weatherspoon can prove that he is a much better linebacker than James, he could remain the starter even after James returns for the Falcons’ fifth regular-season game. In that case, James may regret a lot for not taking care of his off-field issues.

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