White: Douglas Makes Falcons a Better Team

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas was on the practice field Thursday, dressed in sweatpants and a sweatshirt, with his No. 83 jersey over the top. Working hard to return to the playing field with his teammates as he recovers from a Week 3 foot injury, Douglas didn't have his helmet at practice, but was catching passes from Falcons QB T.J. Yates.

Douglas, who was held out of practice Thursday and hasn't practiced since Week 4, wasn't running, instead focused on route-running skills, testing the comfort of his foot, in and out of cuts.

Falcons head coach Mike Smith said earlier in the week that anytime you don't have a good player able to play for you, it's a concern, but on the bright side, when he returns, the team's offensive threat goes up even more, especially across the middle of the field.

"He's really good at the inside and seam routes and things like that," Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said. "We're missing him a whole lot, his ability to control the middle of the field; hopefully we can get him back, if not this week, next week, and we'll be a lot better team; I can tell you that."

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