In a season where injuries have been pouring on the Atlanta Falcons at the same clip Peyton Manning has been throwing touchdowns, coach Mike Smith is happy to see that not only the four players on the injured list was a new low, but that he will be getting two of his players back.
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and offensive linemen Peter Konz participated in Thursday’s practice, as they were limited in Wednesday’s practice with Weatherspoon dealing with a knee injury and Konz healing from an ankle injury that he tweaked. With Weatherspoon back for Mike Nolan’s defense, the Falcons have been a better defensive team when he is on the field compared to when he is on the sidelines.
As for Konz goes, to have any depth on the offensive line that has been slammed with injuries is great news for Smith. While the Falcons men up front have struggled all year long to protect Matt Ryan or even opening up holes for the running game, having Konz back will help the Falcons a tad bit.
The only two players that were still not fully available was tight end Tony Gonzalez and safety Zeke Motta. Gonzalez has been slowed down with a toe injury, while his teammate suffered a broken finger that is apparently okay enough to participate for practice.
None of the players seem to have any serious injury, as this has been one of the few rare times for the Falcons with so many devastating injuries to some of their best players. For a team that has gone through obstacle after obstacle, the injures seems to be slowing down for the Falcons, even though it comes at a time where the season is lost.
Still, the Falcons seem to be healthier than they were ever before, which is saying a lot to a team that has seen the worst.