The Falcons are woefully thin at linebacker, thanks to injuries to Kroy Biermann, Sean Weatherspoon and Akeem Dent. At least one of those guys has a good chance of returning this week.
Dent, one of the team's premier run-stoppers and a guy who has picked up 1.5 sacks this season, was seen with his helmet on by multiple reporters and has returned to practice.
#Falcons LB Akeem Dent returned to practice today. pic.twitter.com/S6feGO1JDT— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) October 17, 2013
This is good news. Despite the vocal contingent of Falcons fans who could watch Dent pick up six sacks in a game and still call for him to be benched in favor of Omar Gaither, the linebacker will add a veteran presence and quality tackling to a depleted linebacking corps. He's not a miracle worker, but there's little doubt he's an enormous upgrade over Gaither and a help as the Falcons try to take on Doug Martin this week.
The rest of the injury report, in succinct fashion:
#Falcons practice report: RB Steven Jackson, LT Baker, WR Roddy White and TE Coffman did not return today. http://t.co/9djQGRljFO— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) October 17, 2013
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