By Michael Cunningham
FLOWERY BRANCH–Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel (shoulder) and safety William Moore (hamstring) sat out practice for the second consecutive day.
“Those two guys, we will see if we can get them out here and move around a little more tomorrow,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.
Samuel declined comment when approached in the locker room before practice.
“I can’t talk when I’m injured,” Samuel said.
Samuel suffered the injury to his right shoulder against the Cardinals on Nov. 18 and then left Thursday’s game against the Saints in the first quarter after aggravating the injury. Before leaving that game, Samuel appeared unable to lift his right arm above his head.
Smith said because Samuel didn’t last long against New Orleans the team would be cautious for Sunday’s game.
“Most certainly,” Smith said. “He was only able to play three plays, so we are going to definitely be very cautious and make sure he’s ready to go. He wants to be out there playing, I know that, but we want to make sure he gets cleared by the doctors before we get him out there.”
Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry (thigh) and running back Michael Turner (elbow) participated in practice on a limited basis. Smith said Turner should be ready to play in the game Sunday.
Missing practice today for the Panthers were linebacker James Anderson, center Jeff Byers, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, safety Charles Godfrey, wide receiver Brandon LaFell, and running back Jonathan Stewart.