Falcons head coach Mike Smith told reporters that tight end Tony Gonzalez will show up and play in their final two preseason games as he continues to enjoy his extended offseason.
“Tony is gone. Again, I don’t want to get into details. His son is starting football this week,” said Smith, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s his first season of tackle football and he’s going to be with him. Our plan is that Tony will be missing the first preseason game but he will play in the last two preseason games. That’s an update and I don’t want to be having a Tony Gonzalez update moving forward, but that’s where we’re at right now. We knew this ahead of time. Not to rehash it but Tony had made these commitments to his family prior to deciding to come back and play. When Tony can be here, he is going to be here and be a part of it and I think that was very evident by him being here for the first three days of practice.”
Gonzalez has been playing long enough that he doesn’t need to play the entire preseason. At least he’ll be back for the Falcons final two games. That should help him not enter the season rusty.