FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons appear to be healthy ahead of their trip up to New England. Coach Dan Quinn indicated after Friday's practice that they will have some key pieces back this weekend.
"No limitations for anybody that's been injured," Quinn said on Friday. "The one who won't be able to play is (linebacker) Jordan Tripp. Past that, no limitations, and we're ready to go."
Mohamed Sanu's return to the offense is noteworthy. The No. 2 receiver has been a trustworthy option for quarterback Matt Ryan on third downs, and he offers another big target in the passing game.
"It's the size, the catching radius; he has just really aggressive hands," Quinn said of what Sanu brings back to the offense. "So, when it's a contested ball, which a lot of times in man-to-man that happens and it gets tight in coverage, and (the Patriots) have the ability to play that, so you have to be really aggressive in your catch. And having a bigger catch radius certainly helps in that way."
Sanu missed the second half of the Falcons' game against the Buffalo Bills with a hamstring injury, which also kept him out of action against the Miami Dolphins. Courtney Upshaw has been out with an ankle/knee injury for the past three games. Tripp entered into the NFL's concussion protocol this week, and he will be unavailable against the Patriots.