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Falcons' safety Keanu Neal gives update on recovery process post-ACL tear

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons lost starting strong safety Keanu Neal during their season-opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. He went down early on in the game with an apparent knee injury but came back in leaving hope the injury wasn't a significant one.


That wasn't the case.

Neal tore his ACL, was subsequently placed on injured reserve and missed the entire 2018 season.

The former first-round pick began running this week, nearly four months after that Week 1 loss in Philadelphia.

"You just have to appreciate the small victories," Neal said. "You can't look too far into the future. You just have to take it a day at a time. You just have to appreciate the little things."

Neal wouldn't put a timetable on when he's expected to be back at full strength, but did say that he's focused on taking his rehab process one day at a time.

"I'm doing everything can," Neal said. "Just working taking it a day at a time. Treating rehab like practice."

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