Falcons injury report: Steven Means, Lee Smith participation levels unchanged as Cowboys week continues

Kendal Sheffield remains out with hamstring ailment

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons tight end Lee Smith missed his second straight practice on Thursday, dealing with a back injury. While his stats aren't off the charts, he's an integral piece of the offense. He's an excellent run blocker and pass protector who enjoys the often-unrecognized of an honorary offensive lineman.

He's also occasionally active as a receiver, with catches in key moments and a touchdown against the New York Giants. His status for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, however, ultimately remains uncertain.

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The same goes for edge rusher Steven Means, though his outlook is a bit sunnier after limited participation the past two days. He also spoke to the media after Thursday's practice and was thankful to have come out of a scary injury situation -- he fell hard after running back a recovered fumble -- relatively unscathed. That also bodes well for his ability to play the Cowboys.

Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard continued practicing on a limited basis, though he'll have to be formally cleared out of the league concussion protocol to play the Cowboys. Kendall Sheffield has been out all week with a hamstring injury.

Check out the full injury report, right here: https://www.atlantafalcons.com/team/injury-report/

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