Offensive lineman Lamar Holmes also was cleared to begin practice just in time for training camp. Holmes, the team’s third-round draft pick this year, said he suffered a broken foot while running just weeks after being drafted.
“I thought I was doing the right thing,” Holmes said. “I tried to finish the end of my run strong, and I felt something in my foot, and that’s what it was.”
Holmes acknowledged it will take a little while to get back in the swing of physical football.
“I’ve got some rust,” Holmes said. “I haven’t been in pads since the East-West Shrine game. I haven’t done any real physical activity since then so there is a little rust, but I’m going to get it off before you know it.”
There were no changes to the Falcons’ first-team offensive line with the opening of training camp, but two rookies took a step forward.
The starting unit remained Sam Baker, Justin Blalock, Todd McClure, Garrett Reynolds and Tyson Clabo. However, Peter Konz, the team’s second-round draft pick, practiced with the second unit at right guard behind Reynolds. Holmes practiced with the third unit at left tackle behind Baker and Will Svitek.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog