Falcons get healthier, yet questions remain before Super Bowl rematch


Falcons get healthier, yet questions remain before Super Bowl rematch

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Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley stands over Aaron Rodgers Packers after a sack at the Georgia Dome on October 30, 2016 in Atlanta.

Falcons starting outside linebacker/defensive end Vic Beasley was a full participant in Friday’s practice for the first time this week, and so were kicker Matt Bryant and linebackers Duke Riley and Jermaine Grace as the team went through final preparations before Sunday night’s Super Bowl road rematch against the Patriots.

Beasley (hamstring), Bryant (back), Riley (knee) and Grace (hamstring) previously were limited in practice.

Starting wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (hamstring), starting linebacker Deion Jones (quadricep) and defensive linemen Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee) and Takk McKinley (shoulder) were again limited Friday before the Falcons (3-2)  took a flight to Boston, yet appear candidates to play against the Patriots (4-2).

The only player who definitely will not play will be linebacker/special teamer Jordan Tripp (concussion).

Other than Tripp, coach Dan Quinn said, “No limitations for anybody that’s been injured.”

Sanu was injured in the first half of Oct. 1 game against the Bills, and missed the Oct. 15 game against the Dolphins. The Falcons hope his return opposite wide receiver Julio Jones will boost the offense.

“I think it’s the size, the catching radius,” Quinn said. “He has really aggressive hands ... having a bigger catch radius really helps.”

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