As you might have guessed would be the case based on Sunday's game, several Falcons were held out of Wednesday's practice. Strong safety William Moore and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, both of whom missed Sunday's game against the Bucs, Linebacker Justin Durant, center Mike Person, and cornerback Robert Alford were held out as well, and all five guys worked with the medical staff during practice.
Desmond Trufant, who left Sunday's game with a lower back injury, was limited to individual work in Wednesday's practice, but he did practice, at least. Defensive coordinator Richard Smith said Trufant is feeling better, and he expects Trufant to be able to practice more tomorrow.
Wide receiver Nick Williams, who missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, also returned to practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday. Center James Stone was limited with a calf injury. Tyson Jackson, who suffered a rib injury during the game against the Bucs, was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
In Person's absence and with Stone limited, Gino Gradkowski took some first team reps at center. We'll keep an eye on the center situation throughout the week, but it's clear that the team is weighing their options carefully at a position that has presented some crucial challenges for the offense in games.
Both Nick Williams and Justin Hardy took some return reps during practice. It will be interesting to see if the team switches things up this Sunday. We'll know more as the week progresses.
You may have heard about a writer from Bay Area Sports Guy making a claim earlier this week that the 49ers chose to wait until this week to bench Colin Kaepernick and start Blaine Gabbert because they'll be facing a "weak Atlanta defense." On a conference call with the Atlanta media this afternoon, Niners head coach Jim Tomsula did his best to distance the organization from the comment, saying that it absolutely was not a consideration in the team's decision to roll with Gabbert.
Your thoughts on the injuries and this week's matchup with Blaine Gabbert and the 49ers?