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Akeem Dent awaits full clearing

Updated: August 18, 2012, 7:17 PM ET
Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons linebacker Akeem Dent returned to practice for the first time since sustaining a concussion, and the team hopes he'll be fully cleared by Sunday.

Dent was injured in the Falcons' first preseason game against Baltimore. He missed the next contest against Cincinnati and had not practiced until Saturday, when he dressed and took part in non-contact drills.

Coach Mike Smith said Dent only had to pass one more step in the league-mandated program that ...

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