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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Falcons hoping to get vets on field

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- It’s a very interesting day here as the Atlanta Falcons continue juggling their practice schedule.

Initially, they were supposed to do their padded practice Thursday morning. But that plan changed Wednesday night because there was hope that the collective bargaining agreement would be fully ratified in time to get some veterans, who have been forced to watch the early stages of camp from the sideline, into the action this afternoon.

The Falcons are still hoping that will happen, so they can get their first real look at free-agent defensive end Ray Edwards and also get some of their own veterans, such as tackle Tyson Clabo, on the field. But the deal has not officially been ratified yet.

That’s why the Falcons just pushed back their practice time again. They now are scheduled to go at 5:20 p.m., but I wouldn’t be surprised if the schedule is pushed back at least another time slot or two.