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Harry Douglas Injury: Receiver Back At Practice, Joined By Smith and Hester

Good news on the injury front for a Falcons team that dodged some real bullets against the Buccaneers

Kevin C. Cox

The Falcons are looking about as good as they possibly can be on the injury front, getting back three of the four offensive players who didn't practice earlier this week.

That's especially good news for Harry Douglas. When HD went down with a foot injury and was considered questionable to return against the Buccaneers, it was hard not to fear a long-lasting ailment that would either cost him multiple weeks or make him a shell of himself on the field. We can't totally rule out the second outcome, but it looks like Douglas has a real chance to return this Sunday, giving the passing attack a boost against a tough Vikings defense.

Antone Smith, who appears to be dealing with a hamstring injury, will likely push to play through it. The Falcons can keep his snap count fairly low like they always do to help him. Devin Hester, who had severe cramping during the Buccaneers game, appears to be on track to terrorize Minnesota's special teams and cornerbacks, as well.

Roddy White is still working with trainers on the sideline, per Ledbetter. The team said he was close to playing last Thursday, so this may represent little more than rest and caution with a receiver who isn't as young as he once was. Nonetheless, it's worth keeping an eye on his status going forward, because the Falcons are not always forthcoming about his status, to say the least.

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