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Gabriel, Hooper Expected to Practice This Week

Despite suffering a shoulder injury early on in Sunday's game, Vic Beasley was able to return to action.

The Pro Bowler will practice this week, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

"No limitations for him moving forward," Quinn said.

Quinn also said the Falcons expect to have Austin Hooper (knee) and Taylor Gabriel (foot) back practicing this week.

Hooper suffered his knee injury in Week 15 and hasn't played since. Quinn said Hooper was "getting close" last week in terms of being able to return.

Gabriel injured his foot in the Falcons' win over the Panthers and due to the fact that he's such an explosive player, Quinn wants to make sure the WR is able to reach his max speed comfortably.

"He's such an explosive dude," Quinn said on Friday of the decision to hold Gabriel. "When you're that explosive, man, you've got to hit it. That's your stuff. So if you can't do your stuff, then we've got to hold it."

With the Falcons securing a bye this weekend, the team will practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

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