Some good news on the injury front: Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent is finally cleared to return to non-contact drills.
I wouldn’t read to much into the fact that he is cleared for ‘non-contact’ drills. The Falcons will break training camp today, so there isn’t a great deal of training camp work that Dent will be missing. During the post-camp, pre-season practices that teams go through, there aren’t a whole lot of contact practices allowed. We have the new NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement to thank for the small number of contact practices.
It is good Dent is back. Mike Peterson did a very good job filling in for Dent in the preseason game against the Bengals, but he isn’t a guy that will be playing for years, and there isn’t much depth behind him. Dent is also more athletic and a harder hitter. If he can continue learning to play the MLB position and remain healthy, this is a good sign for the Falcons. Every defense needs to be strong up the middle, and the Falcons are no different.