• In this Jan. 3, 2016, file photo, New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) misses the catch against Atlanta Falcons strong safety Kemal Ishmael (36) during the second half of an NFL football game, in Atlanta. After missing the last two preseason games with a shoulder injury, strong safety Kemal Ishmael is being asked to step in as the fill-in for rookie Keanu Neal, who is expected to be out three to four weeks with a knee injury. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    Falcons’ Ishmael ‘not quite ready’ to play against Jaguars

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons still expect Kemal Ishmael will open the season as the fill-in starter at strong safety even though he’ll miss his third straight preseason game this week.

  • Miami Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron (84) is brought down by Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) after a reception during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.(AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

    Falcons rookie safety Neal to have minor knee surgery

    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons rookie strong safety Keanu Neal, the team’s first-round pick and a projected starter, will miss the beginning of the season with a knee injury.

  • Falcons to hold out Ward, Ishmael against Dolphins

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Running back Terron Ward and safety Kemal Ishmael will miss their second straight preseason game when the Atlanta Falcons play the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night.