The Falcons bye week came at the perfect time as the final injury report before the team left for their Week 9 matchup against the 49ers listed 11 players, six of whom were unable to practice.
Skip ahead to the Wednesday of Week 11 where Atlanta was down only one player at practice. Safety Robenson Therezie did not participate due to a hamstring injury that occurred in the first quarter of the loss at San Francisco.
WR Leonard Hankerson returned to practice in a limited capacity for the first time in three weeks. Hankerson injured his hamstring against the Tennessee Titans in late October.
Atlanta's defense got three of their starters back on the practice field. LB Justin Durant (calf) and CB Robert Alford (groin) both suffered injuries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and have been sidelined since. William Moore returned as well after dealing with a lingering groin injury that forced the safety to miss three weeks. Alford, Durant and Moore were all kept to limited participation.
"I have been waiting," Alford said of his return. "I have been rehabbing well with the guys here, I have been chomping at the bit to get back out here with brothers and come away with a win."
DE Tyson Jackson (ribs) and DT Grady Jarrett (elbow) were among the other limited participants.
After suffering a concussion in the Falcons' most recent game, NT Paul Soliai has passed the NFL's concussion protocol and was a full participant.