Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch for the great DLed, who is celebrating a “significant” birthday.
FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons just concluded Saturday’s walk-through practice. Not much to report but on the injury front middle linebacker Akeem Dent (concussion) and rookie fullback Bradie Ewing (knee) were not on the field. Ewing will officially be placed on injured reserve later today. We will get an update on Dent’s condition following the afternoon session. Being in the NFL’s concussion protocol program, expect Dent to miss at least Thursday’s home exhibition game against the Bengals.
Defensive linemen Vance Walker (foot) and Corey Peters (foot) and cornerback Christopher Owens (hamstring) remain out. Cornerback Asante Samuel and tight end Adam Nissley were not present and I will try for an update later. Running back Jason Snelling (lower right leg) was present and we’ll see if he participates in the practice later today. It also appeared that wide receiver Michael Calvin was held out of the walk-through.
Fans have two more chances to see the Falcons during training camp, today and Sunday. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. for today’s workout from 3:30 to 6:05 p.m. The schedule is the same for Sunday, the final day of camp that is open to the public.
Here are the updates following afternoon practice.
First-team middle linebacker Akeem Dent (concussion) missed practice after being placed in the initial stage of the NFL’s concussion protocol program. Falcons coach Mike Smith said it’s “too early to tell” how long Dent will be out. He will likely miss the second exhibition game against the Bengals Thursday.
Wide receiver Kerry Meier (leg) missed practice and worked with trainers. Defensive linemen Vance Walker (foot) and Corey Peters (foot), cornerback Christopher Owens (hamstring), running back Jason Snelling (lower right leg) remain out. Wide receiver Michael Calvin also did not practice.
Smith said Walker will be re-evaluated Sunday morning and hoped he could return to practice. Peters is still 10-14 days away from a medical re-evaluation.
Cornerback Asante Samuel was not at practice. Smith said he absence was excused and he would return Sunday.
- Chris Vivlamore