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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Practice report: Still no sign of Roddy White

By Vaughn McClure

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- While running back Steven Jackson returned to practice Wednesday off a hamstring injury, wide receiver Roddy White was nowhere to be seen as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury of his own.

White missed the first game of his NFL career last Sunday, still hobbled by both the hamstring and a lingering high-ankle sprain.

Also held out of practice along with White were running back Jason Snelling (ankle) and linebacker Stephen Nicholas (quad).

The Falcons appear to be getting healthier despite missing those three players. Starting left tackle Sam Baker and tight end Chase Coffman were in practice gear Wednesday coming off knee injuries. Baker missed the last two games.

Also dressed for practice was linebacker Akeem Dent, who appeared to reinjure his ankle against Tampa Bay.

"I finished the game,’’ Dent said. "That’s the bottom line. Everybody has something (injury-wise) going on. So, you just have to go out and play the game.’’

Dent was limited in practice along with Jackson, Coffman, Baker, cornerback Robert Alford (ankle) and defensive tackle Corey Peters (shoulder).

Head coach Mike Smith addressed Jackson's participation following Wednesday's practice.

"It seemed like he was doing well,'' Smith said. "Again, we'll wait and see what the workload was in terms of the effect on (the hamstring). Hopefully, we'll get more reps tomorrow and can increase it as the week goes on.''