FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- A daily review of the hot topics from Atlanta Falcons training camp:
WALKING WOUNDED: Injuries have started to mount for the Falcons with two players exiting the practice Sunday. Rookie defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman, the second-round draft pick from Minnesota, suffered what is believed to be a hairline fracture in his right wrist after throwing a punch at center Joe Hawley. Although it might take four weeks to heal, it's possible for Hageman to play immediately with a pad or cast. Reserve offensive lineman Terren Jones was carted off the field with an undisclosed injury, although his neck was strapped down and he was motionless while exiting. Projected starting free safety Dwight Lowery suffering what could be a season-ending concussion. Coach Mike Smith was asked how concerned he is about injuries at this point. "There are going to be injuries in training camp. You look across the league, there are teams every day that are having guys that are getting tweaked," Smith said. "And then there's even guys, as you know, that are getting major injuries and are going to miss time. I'm not concerned about it. We've got to continue to work. Smart, physical, and passionate. And that's been the message from the very beginning. I think we're doing the physical and I think we're doing the passionate. But I don't know that we're always working as smart as we can, and that's something, I think, that we will continue to stress with our players.''
NEW FACE: Newly signed veteran safety Tyrell Johnson, wearing the No. 38, spent most of the day learning the defense with his new teammates. He adds more depth at the position with Lowery's status for the season in doubt and Zeke Motta (neck surgery) unlikely to play in 2014. Johnson had 27 starts in four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings before playing with the Detroit Lions last season. ``Yes, I'm very confident that we can get him up to speed,'' Smith said. ``He's played a lot of games in the NFL. He's play both strong and free safety. We did a lot of work on him when he was coming out (of Arkansas State) as our first draft class. I do remember spending lots of time on him. We know what he is in terms of being able to play both strong and free safety.''
EXTRA POINTS: Rookie safety Dez Southward returned to practice from a left knee injury but had very limited activity. ... Wide receiver Julio Jones has his scheduled day off and will return Monday. ... Cornerback Robert McClain saw some reps at safety near the end of practice. ... Officials were used throughout practice and there were a number of defensive holding penalties called.
NEXT UP: The Falcons host the Tennessee Titans for a joint practice starting at 3:30 p.m. ET on Monday.