Falcons’ Jackson learning that things aren’t always what they seem

By Adam Sweeney  |   Friday, November 14, 2008  |  Comments( 1 )

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When a baseball player like Barry Bonds pleads ignorance and says he didn't realize he was taking steroids, one has to be suspicious. But for a player like Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jackson, who faces a potential NFL-mandated suspension after taking the banned substance Bumetanide, there seems to be some weight to his argument that the consumption was an accident.

Commentary: It's hard not to believe Jackson after seeing how aggressively he has fought this possible suspension. And let's be honest, it's not like Jackson hasn't been a behemoth for quite some time. If we are going to be extremely critical of athletes and set a bar for them in terms of regulating substance intake, then it is only fair to hold the drug companies to that same standard. This slip-up also should be a lesson to all athletes: Make sure you really know what you're taking before you swallow the pill.

Fan Pulse:
Atlanta's success is being criticized by a fan who's not quite ready to call the 6-3 Falcons a playoff threat.

Fantasy Football:
Don't be afraid to play Matt Ryan this week against Denver. If you have the good fortune of RB Michael Turner, also start him. The Broncos' defense will be more than generous with the fantasy points this weekend.

Injury Watch:
DE John Abraham is probable after suffering a neck injury.
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About Adam Sweeney

Adam Sweeney spent 4 years as an opinions and arts & entertainment columnist with the Lone Star Lutheran, also working with Sports Illustrated.com. Along with his work on Realfootball 365 he currently is a contributor for Film School Rejects, SLAM Online, Talkhoops.net, and C-Heads Magazine.
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