Falcons coach Dan Quinn announced Sunday that first-round draft pick Kaleb McGary was set to resume activities on the field, but he also explained that didn't mean the rookie right tackle was ready for full-speed action just yet.
McGary, who underwent a cardiac ablation procedure earlier this preseason, has missed each of Atlanta's three preseason games. While that's valuable time for any NFL rookie, McGary's health comes first for the team. As he is now set to begin his journey back to playing in games for the Falcons, Quinn detailed what that process will entail for McGary.
"The first part is, like today, participating in the walkthrough," Quinn said. "And then he'll get a good bit of the field work with Marty [Lauzon] and the athletic performance staff. And then once that's good, we'll be out a couple of weeks, make sure the conditioning is right. And then back into individual [drills], and then you get back into team [drills]. So we really stay strict to the policy we put into place for the guys to return to it. We just don't back off of it, especially if you've been out for, in his case, two weeks.
"It's a good sign that he had such a good report. But, like all players, we're going to do the right thing and make sure nothing comes up."
McGary was selected with the 31st-overall pick in this year's draft. He was mostly working with the second-team offense prior to his procedure but was expected to compete for the starting right tackle job this season.