Atlanta Falcons: Akeem Dent returns to non-contact drills

Stephen Nicholas (right) joins fellow linebackers Sean Weatherspoon and Akeem Dent during a training camp practice. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Stephen Nicholas (right) joins fellow linebackers Sean Weatherspoon and Akeem Dent during a training camp practice. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent returned to practice and participated in the non-contact drills on Saturday.

“It’s feels great to get back out there and get my reps back up,” Dent said.

The team is hopeful that’s the last hurdle for him to clear in the league’s concussion protocol program. He was injured in the first exhibition game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Dent did not play in the second exhibition game against the Cincinnati Benglas this past Thursday.

“I stayed in the books while I was out,” Dent said. “I was still in meetings. I was  still able to go over and watch film and tape and stuff like that. We put that stuff in OTAs and minicamp, so it was just a refresher.”

Dent doesn’t remember the hit that led to his concussion.

“I just remember covering the punt, going out there and playing full speed,” Dent said. “It’s football.”

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falcon

August 18th, 2012
6:45 pm

nikcanon

August 18th, 2012
7:20 pm

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Gamer

August 18th, 2012
11:43 pm

HE STILL DOESN’T REMEMBER THE HIT…Ahh, SOUND LIKE HE SHOULD SIT OUT NEXT GAME….JUST TO CAUTION ON THE SIDE OF SAFETY..

FALCONS NEED HIM TO BE READY FOR REGULAR SEASON OPENER NOT PRESEASON GAMES…

THAT QUARTERBACK DAVIS IS A BEAST…

FALCONS ON THREE, DOMINATE….