A.Q. Shipley Struggled Against Falcons

A.Q. Shipley, pictured with the Colts, struggled against the Falcons Thursday night. - USA TODAY Sports

It wasn't a great night for center A.Q. Shipley as the center position battle continues.

A.Q. Shipley had a chance to assert himself as a new leader for the starting center job.

Instead, he either stayed put or took a step back.

Shipley began Thursday night's 27-23 win over Atlanta with a facemask penalty on the game's first play and added a false start penalty not too long after. He also has a tough time blocking Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, who was able to push him back or make a move past him.

Shipley was hoping Thursday's game could move him past Gino Gradkowski on the depth chart and into the starter's role. However, that job might be Gradkowski's to lose considering the difference both were at the position with the first team in the past two weeks.

"I think other than two penalties, I had all my assignments right," Shipley told the Baltimore Sun. "I made all the right calls. Other than that, I thought it was a pretty solid day's work. On the first one, I thought I had a solid block, but my hand got up in his facemask. They're making that an emphasis. Penalty on the first play started us off pretty bad. The other one, was just a bonehead mistake on my part. It happens. You just have to move forward."

The two centers will rotate next week against Carolina with a decision on the starting job coming shortly after.

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