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Falcons' Mike Hughes: Carves out role to end 2023
Hughes finished 2023 with 21 tackles (14 solo) and one pass defense in 15 appearances. He also recorded 46 kick-return yards and 67 punt-return yards.
Hughes signed a two-deal deal with the Falcons last offseason after a strong campaign with Detroit. He operated primarily as a return man to open 2023, but he slowly relinquished those duties to Dee Alford and started to carve out a defensive role. Hughes is under contract for one more season and figures to garner a similar role in 2024, though Atlanta may look to revamp its cornerback room behind A.J. Terrell this offseason.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Clears concussion protocol
Hughes (concussion) is good to go for Sunday's matchup with the Saints, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official website reports.
Hughes has cleared the league's five-step concussion protocol and is set to take on his usual role providing depth at cornerback. He will also be available to contribute on special teams.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Being evaluated for concussion
Hughes is being evaluated for a concussion and is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Bears, Terrin Waack of the Falcons' official site reports.
Hughes appeared to sustain a head injury in the third quarter and was taken to the medical tent to be evaluated for a concussion. He leaves the game with three tackles (two solo).... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Active Sunday
Hughes (hand) is active for Sunday's game against Buccaneers, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.
The cornerback missed the Falcons' Week 13 win over the Jets but practiced throughout the week leading up to this game. Hughes should step into a bigger role with Jeff Okudah out with an ankle injury.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Could play Week 14
Hughes (hand) is listed as questionable ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
The 26-year-old joins both A.J. Terrell (concussion) and Jeff Okudah (ankle) as being listed as questionable for Sunday's affair, meaning Atlanta could be without three of its top four cornerbacks. Hughes was able to record a full week of practice though, so he'll likely return to the field after missing the Falcons' Week 13 contest.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Logs full practice Wednesday
Hughes (hand) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice session, Amna Subhan of the Falcons' official site reports.
Hughes sustained the hand injury in Week 12 against the Saints. He was able to finish the game but was forced to sit out for Week 13 against the Jets. Hughes' full participation in practice Wednesday indicates that he's on track to return for Sunday's NFC South clash against the Buccaneers.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Won't play Sunday
Hughes (hand) is inactive Sunday against the Jets, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.
Hughes suffered the injury in Week 12 and was able to return to the game, but he'll ultimately miss Week 13 due to the injury. In his absence, Tre Flowers and Clark Phillips will be candidates to see an uptick in snaps.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Returns to action Sunday
Hughes (hand) is back in the game Sunday after leaving earlier in the first half, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports.
Hughes should return to his backup right corner role behind Jeff Okudah. The sixth-year pro has three tackles in the game and nine this season.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Questionable to return
Hughes left Sunday's game against the Saints with a hand injury and is questionable to return, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
The backup cornerback recorded one tackle before exiting. Hughes has nine tackles this season.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Handles return duties again
Hughes returned two kickoffs for 27 yards and three punts for 11 yards during Sunday's 20-6 loss to the Lions.
Hughes has handled kick- and punt-return duties in back-to-back weeks after Scotty Miller and Dee Alford shared those responsibilities in the season opener. Cordarrelle Patterson (thigh) has yet to suit up this season, but when he's available, he should handle more kick returns than he has in previous years. However, Hughes appears to have solidified himself as the punt returner, a vacancy opened by Avery Williams' season-ending knee injury during training camp.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Handles return duties in Week 2
Hughes returned two punts for 20 yards and one kickoff for 19 yards during Sunday's 25-24 win over the Packers.
Hughes was a healthy scratch for the season opener, but he suited up for Week 2 and handled return duties. Scotty Miller and Dee Alford shared those responsibilities in Week 1, so it appears the Falcons are still trying to figure out who their best option is.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Won't play Sunday
Hughes (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Hughes has been dealing with a hip flexor injury since mid-August but did return to practice Monday. With Hughes and running back Cordarrelle Patterson (thigh) both out, it's unclear who will return kicks for the Falcons.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Resumes practicing
Hughes (undisclosed) is back at practice Monday, Terrin Waack of the Falcons' official site reports.
Hughes has been sidelined since mid-August due to an undisclosed soft-tissue injury. Being absent most of the preseason may have cost Hughes a chance to compete for a starting gig on defense, but he should still contribute as a depth option at cornerback and as Atlanta's top punt returner in the Week 1 matchup against the Panthers.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Staying sidelined
Hughes (undisclosed) will likely remain sidelined for the remainder of the preseason, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.
Hughes is dealing with a soft tissue injury, although the specifics are unknown. The 26-year-old was expected to be in competition for a starting spot, so it's unlikely his potential absence for the remainder of camp will impact his ability to make the roster. Although, it will likely keep him in a reserve role for Week 1 if he's healthy enough to compete then.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Mike Hughes: Dealing with injury
Hughes is dealing with a soft-tissue injury Sunday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Hughes will likely miss a week or so, according to head coach Arthur Smith. The UCF product was in competition for a starting gig in the team's secondary, so it'll be important for him to get back on the field to remain in the mix there.... See More ... See Less
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