Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Gonzalez, three more miss Falcons practice
By Vaughn McClure
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, running back Jason Snelling, defensive tackle Corey Peters and defensive end Malliciah Goodman were held out of Wednesday’s practice.
Gonzalez suffered a toe injury on his left foot during last Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He hasn’t missed a game since 2006, so the injury would have to be significant for Gonzalez to miss this week’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Both Snelling and Peters were held out with knee injuries, while Goodman was sidelined by a calf issue. Snelling recently missed a game due to an ankle injury, but coach Mike Smith suggested that Snelling would return to practice this week.
Wide receiver Roddy White, who just returned to the lineup after hamstring and ankle injuries, was limited Wednesday with a shoulder injury. His status will be worth monitoring the rest of the week.
Also limited were linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (foot), defensive tackle Peria Jerry (toe) and running back Steven Jackson (toe). Weatherspoon was just activated from short-term injured reserve after suffering a Lisfranc foot sprain in Week 2.
Smith indicated the injury report was more about getting players rest than anything.
Smith also said newly signed offensive tackle Sean Locklear has been medically cleared. Locklear, last with the New York Giants, suffered a season-ending right-knee injury last December. His role with the Falcons has yet to be determined, but he prefers to play right tackle. The Falcons needed depth after losing left tackle Sam Baker to a season-ending knee injury.
Locklear went through a full practice on Wednesday.