The Atlanta Falcons had a couple key players that returned to action in Monday’s practice.
Most notably, power back Steven Jackson was out on the field, playing with the first team offense. However, Falcons fans will probably have to wait at least another week to see number 39 play. Head coach Mike Smith didn’t comment on his availability this week, but he certainly outlined that he should be ready to go by the season opener. He also threw in that players that “we know are capable of doing” (Steven Jackson) will not get a lot of work.
“It’s been a good rehab for Steven,” Falcons coach Mike Smith told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’ve said along when the injury occurred that he’d be ready to go for the opening game. We are well on schedule to have that to transpire.”
He will be critical to the Falcons running game, but recent years have shown that the 31 year old veteran has already started the trend of declining.
Also during the practice, Jon Asamoah, the starting right guard, was sidelined the whole day.
“Jon Asamoah was held out for precautionary reasons for practice today, and we don’t anticipate that it will be any issues at all for him moving forward,” Smith told ESPN.
The Falcons will play at 6PM ET this Thursday at Jacksonville against the Jaguars. Expect the starters to not get more than a drive, because 53 man roster cuts are coming soon and the coaches will have to figure out who will be on the active roster moving forward.