Atlanta Falcons: Snelling, Owens return to practice

Running backs Michael Turner, left, and Jason Snelling share a laugh between offensive plays during a practice eary in training camp. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Running backs Michael Turner, left, and Jason Snelling share a laugh between offensive plays during a practice eary in training camp. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

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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26 comments Add your comment

SeenThisB4

September 3rd, 2012
1:02 pm

Enter your comments hereFirst!

SeenThisB4

September 3rd, 2012
1:03 pm

And second too!

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

September 3rd, 2012
1:10 pm

Haha jacksonville put jpw on their practice squad go figure lol by the way first falcon fan ha stupid aints

Mr. Phil

September 3rd, 2012
1:34 pm

DOL,

I gotta say I am highly concerned. All this talk of open competition on the O-line, but it looks like we are going into game 1 with the exact same pieces from last year. Is this a sign that the backups and challengers were not all that good and we have to look elsewhere for improved line play?

Esquire

September 3rd, 2012
1:39 pm

Glad to see Snelling and Owens back!!

Also glad to see SuxThisB4 being first here……….cause there won’t be any first place for the Aints or the stinkin’ Aints fans when the regular season begins. Your boys are going down Sux.

SeenThisB4

September 3rd, 2012
1:46 pm

Hope you got yourself a good supply of whiskey Esqueer, you’re going to need it to drown your sorrows!

MaxxFalcon

September 3rd, 2012
2:01 pm

Chris Owens. Really?

dirtybirdJ

September 3rd, 2012
2:15 pm

off topick:
but im LOVING the new falcons fight song Williem moore #25 rapping himself
FIRE!!! listen now
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neRklc0h3uY&feature=player_embedded#!

he flat out killed it, if you dont feel like running into a wall after that you aint human.
tell me if im lying

Rise Up Nation

September 3rd, 2012
3:22 pm

I see “the troll seen” is back from under his bridge. First on your favorite team blog. Just go ahead and tell us that you secretly are a fan man. Much better than just to sbow up on here and try to convince us other wise. Maybe its you who needs the case of PBR? Thats what you guys drink on Burbon right?

FalconPride66

September 3rd, 2012
3:38 pm

We need Snelling. Owens, not so much. But if he is ready to step it up, then go for it. BRING ON THE CHIEFS!!! Let’s see what we got this year.

UAintSeenIshB4

September 3rd, 2012
3:49 pm

The Aints trolls will need a new pair of knee pads this season to go with those brown paper bags they made famous as their comments on this blog will cause them to be rode hard and put away wet this entire season. As the reverse bounty program goes into affect, QB Dew Sleeze will not make it to the mid season mark. Happy hunting to all Aints opponents. BTW I ate at Vilma’s little rib shack. The food was terrible! I expect he’ll be there a lot this year…sweeping and taking out trash LMAO! I heard Seanella Payton put in a an application to work bussing tables. #GeauxHomeAintsTrash

Nash

September 3rd, 2012
4:35 pm

Owens is terrible with good hamstring much less a bad hamstring. This decision will bite us once again.

Surg

September 3rd, 2012
5:38 pm

Yes three headed RB monster…we need all 3 to stay healthy especially Snelling.

Michael M.

September 3rd, 2012
6:37 pm

Laughing at some of these commenters so hard I can’t stand it…………………………………………….

Michael M.

September 3rd, 2012
6:39 pm

get that whiskey ready then, for we can all celebrate with a shot after the Falcons win their first game next Sunday………………………………………………….

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 3rd, 2012
9:40 pm

Mr. Phil – It takes time to develop Olinemen. Second and third rounders are not NFL ready players. So, it looks like the same group, but I suspect they will be on a very short leash.

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Samuel

September 5th, 2012
9:14 am

Ideally you want to get a big lead and turn your defense loose and maybe gamble with your blitz package. I want to see how the Falcons respond if things don’t go their way. You know show some heart and mental toughness………..

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[...] Practice report: Snelling, Owens return from injury [...]

[...] Practice report: Snelling, Owens return from injury [...]

NATIVEBIRD

September 6th, 2012
8:45 am

Glad to hear Snelling is back.

Owens prevented a couple of TD’s on special teams, but he looks like he is special himself when it comes to covering WR’s! He’s been burnt the most out of any DB that we have on our roster. I hope he never sees the field on D. Please keep him on “Special Teams” where he belongs.

Go Birds!

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