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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Falcons getting healthier

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

We already checked in on some key injuries for the Saints. Now, let’s check in on the Falcons, who had a bit of significant news on the injury front Wednesday.

Atlanta rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon sat out practice with an ankle injury. Weatherspoon was carted off the field in New Orleans on Sunday, but that was because he was experiencing cramps. Coach Mike Smith said the ankle pain surfaced the next day and that he’s hopeful Weatherspoon might return to practice Thursday. The Falcons have some solid depth behind Weatherspoon. Stephan Nicholas started in Weatherspoon's position last year and continues to get a fair amount of work.

On the flip side of the injury spectrum, it looks like a couple injured players are close to being ready to return. Wide receiver Michael Jenkins, who has missed the first three games with a shoulder injury, practiced on a limited basis. I think there’s a decent chance Jenkins might make his season debut Sunday against San Francisco. Safety Erik Coleman, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, returned to practice on a limited basis. But it remains to be seen if the Falcons will put Coleman back in the starting lineup or stay with William Moore.