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Falcons’ Matt Ryan, Desmond Trufant returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday

It’s good news, even though they’re not all the way back yet.

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Dan Quinn had good news to share with reporters prior to Wednesday’s practice. Matt Ryan and Desmond Trufant would return to practice Wednesday, albeit on a limited basis.

The official injury report released Wednesday afternoon confirmed as much. Both Ryan (ankle) and Trufant (toe) were limited in the first full post-bye week practice.

Ryan has been dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out of the Falcons’ loss to the Seahawks. The bye week came at a good time, and it’s encouraging that he was able to practice today. We’ll keep a close eye on his status going forward this week.

Trufant has missed time with a toe injury, and Kendall Sheffield has played well for the most part when forced to start in Trufant’s stead. But the Falcons pass defense will need all the help it can get against the high-powered Saints offense this week, so a healthy Trufant would be an asset.

Ito Smith (neck) and John Cominsky (ankle) were both held out of Wednesday’s practice entirely. The team confirmed today that Smith has cleared the league’s concussion protocol, so it’s only the neck injury that’s keeping him sidelined at this point. Obviously, neck injuries are scary, but so are concussions, so it’s good news that Smith has at least gotten past that part of it.

For the Saints, Alvin Kamara (knee/ankle), Patrick Robinson (hamstring), and TE Josh Hill (calf) were all limited. Drew Brees (thumb), Jared Cook (ankle), and Tre’Quan Smith (ankle) are all listed on the report, but they were full participants in practice.

The full Wednesday injury reports for both teams are below.

Atlanta Falcons injury report

Full Participation

  • N/A

Limited Participation

  • QB Matt Ryan (ankle)
  • CB Desmond Trufant (toe)
  • G Jamon Brown (foot)
  • G Wes Schweitzer (head)
  • G James Carpenter (knee)
  • TE Jaeden Graham (knee)

Did Not Participate

  • RB Ito Smith (neck)
  • DE John Cominsky (ankle)

New Orleans Saints injury report

Full Participation

  • QB Drew Brees (right thumb)
  • TE Jared Cook (ankle)
  • WR Tre’Quan Smith (ankle)

Limited Participation

  • RB Alvin Kamara (knee, ankle)
  • CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring)
  • TE Josh Hill (calf)

Did not participate

  • N/A