Originally created 08/06/99

Calloway to miss several weeks



GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Wide receiver Chris Calloway, one of the Falcons' plum free-agent signees this offseason, will be lost for several weeks after severely spraining his left ankle Thursday.

Running a square-in route during the afternoon practice's passing drills, Calloway collided with cornerback Ray Buchanan. Buchanan met Calloway as soon as Chris Chandler's pass arrived, tackling the 5-foot-10 receiver, then falling on his legs.

"It looks like he got bent backward," coach Dan Reeves said after two-a-days concluded. "I know it didn't look good to watch. He won't be ready for a while."

Calloway immediately clutched his left knee and calf, then needed help from two equipment managers to walk. He was carted off the field midway through practice in obvious pain.

The free-agent signee from the New York Giants joined the Falcons to offset the release of deep threat Tony Martin. Martin faces five counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy in federal court.

Calloway, a 10-year veteran from Michigan, caught a career-high 62 passes for 812 yards and six touchdowns a year ago. He'd been working at the Y-receiver position, the weak side position opposite Terance Mathis.

His loss makes the Falcons' thinnest position even thinner. Receivers Ronnie Harris and Tim Dwight now will vie for Calloway's snaps. Also, fifth-round pick Eugene Baker from Kent and seventh-round pick Rondel Menendez from Eastern Kentucky will get more looks. The coaches still don't have much confidence in Jammi German's recuperated knee.

"We might look to make some moves now to get some more depth," Reeves said.

Golf carts are the choice of transportation around the Furman campus for most Falcons. Harris, though, chooses a different motor: a go-ped.

As a rookie in New England training camp in 1993, Harris grew fond of Pat Harlow's motorized go-ped, sort of a two-wheel skateboard with motorcycle qualities. When Harris glanced over the university map and noticed how far it would be from the dorms to the practice fields, he shelled out $500 for his unique two-wheeler.

"It can go up to 20 miles per hour," said Harris, a sixth-year receiver out of Oregon. "It's pretty neat because it's so small. I can take it with me wherever I go."

Today is the deadline for the Falcons to respond to the Stone Mountain, Ga., proposal to build a new training camp facility. Owner Taylor Smith and general manager Harold Richardson left Greenville on Thursday to prepare for the meeting.

ESPN analyst Chris Mortensen reported Thursday on 790 The Zone, a sports talk radio station in Atlanta, that Jamal Anderson would be reporting to Falcons' camp today. Several reports, one from CBS Sportline and others from Atlanta television stations, have Anderson joining the team this weekend.

Reeves, though, had no knowledge of any grand entrance.

"We haven't talked, so I'm not sure what's going on there," Reeves said.

On his web site, Anderson takes a strong stance against rejoining his teammates until his contract is renegotiated.