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Keanu Neal injury: First rounder expected to return to practice soon

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Good news, everyone! Keanu Neal could be back to practice soon.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons-Training Camp Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons sorely missed Keanu Neal Thursday night, if for no other reason than that his habit of playing aggressive and delivering bone-jarring hits would’ve been fun to see. Thankfully, we should be seeing him (and others) again real soon.

Neal’s return gives me hope that he’ll be ready for the second preseason game, though the Falcons obviously could be (and should be, if necessary) cautious with their potential young star. With Kemal Ishmael also banged up, though, they may need him.

In general, it sounds like the Falcons aren’t in dire straits with any of their players, which is nice. We’ll certainly hope they can keep the good, relatively injury-free times rolling throughout preseason.