Falcons’ Josh Andrews back from broken hand

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FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons guard Josh Andrews, who suffered a broken hand late in training camp and was placed on injured reserve Sept. 1, was activated Monday.

At the time of his injury, he was working with the first-team offense. Rookie Jalen Mayfield took over at left guard with Andrews out.

“It was tough for sure,” Andrews said Wednesday. “I got to step back and actually observe. (I have) a new perspective on things and see how I can better my game. I feel like I’ve done that. I feel like I’m ready to go. Whatever they ask me to do, I’m here for it.”

Falcons coach Arthur Smith said he’s not moving Mayfield to right tackle with Kaleb McGary on the reserve/COVID-19 list. After a shaky start at left guard, Mayfield has improved his play and will hold onto his starting spot.

Andrews was listed as the No. 2 left guard on the team’s official depth chart for Sunday’s game at the Dolphins.

“I’m going to prepare like I’m going to start in the game and play 70 plays,” Andrews said. “No matter what they ask me to do, I’m going to prepare like I’m going to start. I’m glad to be back. I’m glad that it was as minor as it was.”

Andrews, 29, signed a one-year deal with the Falcons in March after playing last season with the Jets. The 6-foot-2, 298-pounder has played in 40 NFL games and also spent time with the Eagles and Colts.

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