081612 ATLANTA: Atlanta Falcons (20) Brent Grimes (from left), (11) Julio Jones and (32) Jacquizz Rodgers exit the tunnel and take the field to warmup for their preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, August 16, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who is battling a right ankle injury, returned to practice on Thursday.
Jones, who suffered the injury against New Orleans, has not practiced since Nov. 9. He was limited at practice.
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who is also coming back from an ankle injury, did not practice because of an illness.
Defensive tackle Peria Jerry (thigh), safety Charles Mitchell (calf) and cornerback Asante Samuel (right shoulder) did not practice.
Defensive end John Abraham (back), defensive tackle/end Jonathan Babineaux (neck), kicker Matt Bryant (back), wide receiver Kevin Cone (groin), cornerback Christopher Owens (thigh), running back Michael Turner (groin) and defensive tackle Vance Walker (ribs) were all limited.
Also, quarterback Matt Ryan was listed on the injury report with a left finger injury. He fully participated in practice.
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