Several injured Falcons return to practice Wednesday

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For the most part, the Falcons have remained relatively healthy, but that’s changed over the last couple of weeks. Cordarrelle Patterson has missed the last two games. Kyle Pitts missed the first game of his career against the Buccaneers. Mykal Walker and Ade Ogundeji missed last week’s contest. And several other Falcons went down in the game against the 49ers.

Most notably, Casey Hayward has joined Patterson on the IR and will miss at least the next four weeks with a shoulder injury. A.J. Terrell and Isaiah Oliver also left last Sunday’s game and never returned. However, neither of their injuries is expected to be serious, as both players returned to practice on Wednesday.

Hopefully, both of them will be good to go for this week’s clash against the Bengals, who feature arguably the most talented group of wide receivers in the league. With Hayward out, the Falcons desperately need Terrell and Oliver on the field Sunday.

Also joining those two on the field at practice Wednesday were Mykal Walker and Ade Ogundeji.

Given the lack of depth across the Falcons’ defensive line, getting Ogundeji back will be a considerable boost. Troy Andersen and Nate Landman filled in admirably for Walker against the 49ers, but Arthur Smith ensured he would find a way to get all of his talented linebackers onto the field.

The Falcons will once again be underdogs on the road against the defending AFC Champions. I actually think they have a good chance of coming back home with a victory, but they will need all hands on deck defensively to do so.

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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