INJURY REPORT: Jason Snelling returned to practice

101111 Atlanta; Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling (44) runs for extra yards as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson, bottom, missed the tackle after Snellings catch  in the first half of their game hosting the Baltimore Ravens at the Georgia Dome Thursday night in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 11, 2010. Snelling had the only touchdown catch of the game in the first half. Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

101111 Atlanta; Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling (44) runs for extra yards as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson, bottom, missed the tackle after Snellings catch in the first half of their game hosting the Baltimore Ravens at the Georgia Dome Thursday night in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 11, 2010. Snelling had the only touchdown catch of the game in the first half. Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

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

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33 comments Add your comment

Coleman

December 15th, 2010
4:15 pm

Great to hear that Snell’s back. Let’s TCB in Seattle!

ATL Fan

December 15th, 2010
4:29 pm

Just another added bullet to the offense.

Excellent!

December 15th, 2010
4:35 pm

Great news! Welcome back JS!

big o

December 15th, 2010
4:38 pm

Welcome baack Snelling !!!! Can anyone tell me what’s up with Norwood. I know he was put on IR before regular season but will he be back next year? I have not seen him on the sidelines. What is his contract status for 2011 ? Everyone talks about N.O. loosing Bush but can you imagine how explosive our offense would be with Norwood !!!

I don't want to get hit

December 15th, 2010
4:39 pm

By: Jerious Norwood

True Falcon Fan

December 15th, 2010
4:47 pm

D-led: Good news on Snelling, how did Spoon look, Spoon did NOT look like he was 100% in the Carolina game. Thanks DLED for the headsup

Seattle Falcons Fan

December 15th, 2010
4:50 pm

Seattle sports radio has given up on any chance of winning Sunday. Seattle can not stop the run and guess what….thats what our Falcons do is run. I’m glad to see Snelling is back, Turner needs some rest for the Saints game and the playoffs. The only weapon Seattle has is WR Williams. Daunta needs to shut him down. He’s coming back from an injury and he doesn’t have very good speed. If they can pressure Hasselback he will throw 3-4 INTs. I look for the Falcons to handle this game well. Seattle has a problem wrapping guys up and Turner is one of the hardest backs out there to bring down. GOOOO FALCONS!!!

True Falcon Fan

December 15th, 2010
4:52 pm

Don’t mis-understand me “I am a Norwood fan” — But somebody needs to sit the man down and explain to him WHY football players wear complete padding i.e., leg pads “thighs”, Hips, knees etc.

Seattle Falcons Fan

December 15th, 2010
4:52 pm

P.S.- Seattles O-line is bad. I expect a big game from our D-line. 4-5 sacks and a lot of hurries. Hasselback panics under pressure.

FrontRow

December 15th, 2010
4:53 pm

Just another problem for the Seahawks D.

FYI Norwood NEVER WAS afraid to get hit. Norwood was a restricted free agent in 2010 and under the current contract could be “tendered” a 1 year offer (like the Charger’s V. Jackson and others).

Given his inability to stay on the roster for 16 games, I doubt the Falcons will re-sign. I sure would hate to play against him healthy.

james

December 15th, 2010
4:54 pm

Sadly, I’m afraid if Norwood had not gotten injured in the Arizona game, Snelling’s role in the offense would have been less than it has been, and we may not even be sitting at 11-2 had the injury not occurred. I will take JS over Norwood any day of the week. Jason is twice the ballplayer Norwood ever was! We don’t need Norwood next season (if there is a season), but they should give Jason whatever he needs to remain a Falcon.

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True Falcon Fan

December 15th, 2010
5:04 pm

These are nice problems to have, however the CBA may dictate a whole different set of standards going forward.
Snelling is the difference that keeps opposing teams in wonderment of our offense – YES we should keep Snelling if there is a 11th hour decision to determine which to player to keep if we can’t have both.

SawThat1nce

December 15th, 2010
5:09 pm

falcons will win.

True Falcon Fan

December 15th, 2010
5:22 pm

We should win —- it’s up to “The Coaches” to not let this game become a Trap game

True Falcon Fan

December 15th, 2010
5:24 pm

Anybody know the status on Spoon – i sure you all noticed last week Spoon did not look 100%

True Falcon Fan

December 15th, 2010
5:31 pm

#54 Stephen Nicholas is at this point is a better player LB than Spoon! I just hope Spoon doesn’t wind-up like Trey Lewis, a BUST!

GT97

December 15th, 2010
5:50 pm

Unfortunately for Norwood, I think we should move on and draft speed or bring in a FA at the running back position. We all love Norwood on the field, and he is a model ball player. However, players have been cut for far less circumstances.

FalconDawg

December 15th, 2010
5:51 pm

I didn’t even noticed that Spoon played!

True Falcon Fan

December 15th, 2010
6:03 pm

Yea Spoon played he didn’t play very well – in fact every time i noticed him getting blocked out of the play

big o

December 15th, 2010
6:28 pm

Thanks front row on the Norwood info !!! I like him if it’s him or someone else we need to be a little more explosive on offense. We need someone who can take it to the house on any play from anywhere on the field. That’s just my opinion.

FrontRow

December 15th, 2010
7:11 pm

There are a ton of fast guys coming out this year; we’ll probably be able to pick up one around the same draft position as Norwood.

There is only 1 Jerious Norwood.

Matt Kuzawa

December 15th, 2010
8:03 pm

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waynester

December 15th, 2010
8:05 pm

True Falcon
It’s called the rookie wall–and almost every newcomer to the league goes through it. We’re fortunate enough to have enough veterans and an understanding coaching staff who realize the need for extra rest at exactly this time in the season. Usually, you don’t have the luxury of resting guys if you’re in the thick of a playoff race but it’s definitely in the best interest long-term. Very few men are prepared for the grueling nature of an NFL season and this 18 game regular season is a huge issue for the 2 sides to resolve. Mega kudos to our conditioning and performance personnel on keeping the guys going and healthy during a long season. Here’s to a healthy playoff run and a Superbowl win!

NES

December 16th, 2010
12:11 am

Regarding Big O in above comment, Norwood is finished in Atlanta! He hasn’t had enough snaps to pay for any part of his salary this year and was dead weight last year and the year before! At some point the falcons brass has to say BYE! Great character and person but that doesn’t cut it on the field.
On “Spoon, he doesn’t look the same on the field since returning. His closing speed and quickness is limited, his tackling is poor and frankly we all know he is playing probably at about 70%. I hope he heals fast while he plays himself back into game shape and gets to 100% in next couple of games as his speed is sorely missed.
Seattle game is a tough road game after 4 straight tough games that we won them all is a big plus. This could be a very flat and unemotional game for the falcons especially going out for a long travel day to Seattle, lets pull for another win in what i figure to be a tougher than it should be game, Don’t be surprised if this is this week’s upset!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 16th, 2010
12:12 am

True Falcon Fan — Yes, Coach BVG said Spoon is not quite 100 percent. Suddenness and explosion is missing.

Eric C.

December 16th, 2010
12:31 am

If that is the case, why even play Weatherspoon? The guy lives on suddenness and explosion…just let him rest for the playoffs because he is ineffective right now.

DR. FALCON

December 16th, 2010
1:04 am

WHY THE HELL ARE YOU ALL TALKING ABOUT NORWOOD? WHO THE HELL BROUGHT HIS NAME UP? LETS JUST ENJOY THIS 11-2 START WITH THE PEOPLE WE GOT PLEASE!!!! TRUE FALCON FAN, YOU ARE BETTER THAN THAT! YOU MIGHT AS WELL BRING UP EARNEST RAY “BUBBA” BEAN! NORWOOD IS A JOKE!

Ueeediot

December 16th, 2010
2:19 am

You know youre getting respect in the league when you get the “A” announcer team from the networks…

This week the Falcons are the single late game on Fox. Thats right sports fans…you do not get to watch New Orleans vs Baltimore here….even though its in an AFC stadium and should be on CBS…

The Falcons announcers are: Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan

Ueeediot

December 16th, 2010
2:31 am

I wish FOX would lose their NFL package.

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman are the NFC East personal announcers. This week Aikman has to suffer the Eagles/Giants game. Wonder if he would be doing the 11-2 team’s game if it were Dallas…)

Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (I think the Moose and the Goose have their nic names mixed up)

Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick “The C team”

Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, Jim Mora Jr. “Sees nothing, says nothing, knows nothing)

Ron Pitts, John Lynch (These guys started talking positively about the Falcons. Plus, there has to be a rule that says you cant call the same team’s game 3 weeks in a row.)

Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan (Yes, these are the guys FOX assigned to the 11-2 team sitting at the top of the NFC)

States Burr

December 16th, 2010
4:02 am

Mr. Ledbetter: “True Falcon Fan — Yes, Coach BVG said Spoon is not quite 100 percent. Suddenness and explosion is missing.”

Why don’t you report this? Why wait for a blogger to ask the question? For a team that is 11-2 you really don’t follow the Falcons very well. You present the obvious information most times. I have lived in Queens, NY when Jets, Giants and Bills were going strong…The teams beat writers always gave great stories and information, this allowed for good conversation during the day. That creates interest in your columns for the next day, its just that your columns are inconsistent and have no traction.

rebelson

December 16th, 2010
10:49 am

well….i may not be the brightest bulb in the lamp…and i know that the Burner needs rest…but if Snell is not ready or just close…i say rest him 1 more week then turn him and turner loose on the Saints

FITZ

December 17th, 2010
10:11 am

ACTUALLY I WONDERED WHY GRIMES DIDNT START LAST YEAR

11 INTERCEPTIONS IN 26 STARTS

THATS AMAZING