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Atlanta Falcons Healthy Once Again

The pre-season has a habit of nicking up players, whether it be in practices or the games themselves. This one has been no exception for the Falcons.

They lost Vance Walker and Trey Lewis briefly to injuries, and then Corey Peters went down. Dunta Robinson has been banged up, while Ray Edwards recovers from off-season knee surgery. Rookie defensive Cliff Matthews was knocked out of the game against the Jaguars, and John Parker Wilson has been recovering from a concussion. That's quite a list.

Fortunately, the Falcons are getting healthy again in advance of their pre-season game against the Steelers this Friday. According to Jay Adams at the official site, Cliff Matthews returned and practiced fully, as did Walker and JPW. By all accounts, Edwards is making significant strides, and Lewis was already back in action. Peters is still recovering, Roddy White is out with a bruise and Akeem Dent apparently still hasn't appeared on the field. As far as I know, none of these guys are going to miss significant time, though they're clearly bringing Dent along slowly.

So there's a little good news for you as training camp wraps up. Let's hope the Falcons can stay healthy heading into the season.