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Falcons S Ricardo Allen practicing on Day 1 of training camp

It’s a great sign of how his recovery is progressing.

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons training camp is into full swing and it looks like the team already has some good news. Multiple reporters noted that starting free safety Ricardo Allen was on the practice field with his helmet.

Given the nature of Ricardo’s injury from 2018, it’s incredibly encouraging to see him on the field. It’s even more encouraging to see him with his helmet, a sign that he won’t just be participating peripherally.

As we noted before, Dan Quinn has said he believes both Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal will be good to go for training camp, but serious questions remained. For Neal, the recovery time for ACL injuries is anywhere between 9 to 12 months. With Ricardo, achilles injuries are even trickier, and the track record of previous NFL athletes making it back to 100% is not great.

That said, we’re hopeful that Allen will bounce back this year though he’s definitely a player we’ll be keeping an eye on throughout camp and the preseason. At minimum, it’s good to see him out there and we hope this is a sign of things to come.