Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch.
The Falcons will get two healthy bodies back when they return to practice Monday afternoon in preparation for this week’s regular-season opener. Running back Jason Snelling and cornerback Christopher Owens will participate after missing significant preseason time with injuries.
Snelling has been out with a lower right leg injury. Snelling said he was not ready to return for the last week’s exhibition finale against the Jaguars.
“I wasn’t completely ready to go,” Snelling said Monday. “There is a lot of stuff that goes into rehabbing after being out that long. The decision was for me not to play. I feel comfortable now.”
Snelling will be an important part of the offense as the Falcons look to reduce the number of carries for Michael Turner and implement a screen pass element.
Owens missed time with a hamstring issue. He made the final roster, in part because of his special teams ability, despite the injury.
“As a competitor it sucks [being out],” Owen said. “I’m practicing today and it feels good. I got through it. Now, all the focus is on K.C.”
The Falcons open the season Sunday at the Chiefs.
- Chris Vivlamore
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