FLOWERY BRANCH — Running back Jason Snelling, who’s missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, returned to practice on Wednesday.
Snelling, the team’s second leading rusher, was injured against Green Bay on Nov. 28.
“We gave him about two or three snaps per period,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We’ll see how he handles that and see if there are any lingering affects from the practice. We’ll make a decision on how we’re going to (proceed) tomorrow.”
Defensive end John Abraham (groin), middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee) and wide receiver Roddy White (knee) did not participate. They were given the day off to rest their injuries.
Snelling, linebacker Coy Wire (head), right tackle Tyson Clabo (ankle), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder) and linebacker Stephen Nicholas (knee) were officially limited in practice.
Getting Snelling back would help to boost the Falcons rushing attack and take some of the load off of Michael Turner, who’s rushed 52 times for 200 yards and four touchdowns over the last two games.
Snelling has 74 rushes for 300 yards and two touchdowns. He also has caught 35 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns.
Seattle’s run defense gives up 119.2 yards per game, which ranks 20th in the league.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter