Atlanta Falcons: Leonard Hankerson, Chris Chester out of practice Wednesday


The Atlanta Falcons were without Leonard Hankerson, Chris Chester and Matt Bryant at practice Wednesday.

Eight players were on the injury report for the Atlanta Falcons this week, with three missing practice. Leonard Hankerson, Chris Chester and Matt Bryant sat out.

Justin Durant was limited with the ankle injury he suffered against Minnesota. Devonta Freeman was back in practice for the first time since suffering a concussion two weeks ago; he was also limited. Brooks Reed was limited a knee injury, and Paul Soliai was limited with a calf injury. The only full participant was Nate Stupar, listed with a neck injury.

Injuries have plagued the seasons of Hankerson and Durant. Neither player has been able to stay healthy for a good run of games, which is concerning as both play key roles to the team. Hankerson has struggled with drops, but the offense is better with him on the field than without it. Durant has been important on defense, and the Falcons will want to get him back this week.

Atlanta Falcons

Full: Nate Stupar

Limited: Devonta Freeman, Justin Durant, Paul Soliai, Brooks Reed

Did not practice: Leonard Hankerson, Chris Chester, Matt Bryant

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Full: Ali Marpet

Limited: Mike Jenkins, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Keith Tandy

Did not practice: Bruce Carter, Gosder Cherilus, Vincent Jackson, George Johnson, Gerald McCoy, Jacquies Smith, Luke Stocker