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Grady Jarrett injury: Falcons get young defensive tackle, veteran Chris Chester back at minicamp

Good injury news for Atlanta on Tuesday.

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I've been wondering when the Falcons would get Grady Jarrett and Chris Chester back on the field. As it turns out, we didn't have to wait that long to find out.

It's just a skip and a hop from individual work to full practice, metaphorically speaking, so you should expect that both of these guys will be good to go for training camp. Jarrett is expected to man the nose for Atlanta and start in his second season, while Chester is the early favorite for right guard duties. Getting both back in action matters, in other words.

Without Chester out there with the full team, it's worth noting that rookie Wes Schweitzer and free agent Tom Compton got some starting work at right guard. The Falcons will mix and match at the position even when Chester comes back as they try to figure out who is worth keeping around, but it's certainly possible Schweitzer steps into a larger first year role than we might have expected. Competition is going to be a key theme on defense, where there's a lot of guys vying for starting roles, but you should keep a close eye on the offensive line, where the team is in need of quality depth and will have 10 or 11 guys duking it out for the right to hang on as backups.

There's still no sign of Devin Hester, so I'm not sure when he'll rejoin the Falcons in practice. He'd like to be back for training camp and pushing for a roster spot as the team's returner and fourth or fifth receiver, and the sooner he can get back on the field, the better his chances are.