Takk McKinley, defensive end, played in all 16 regular-season games last season.
Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Falcons’ McKinley returned to practice today 

Jones, Freeman not outside during open portion of practice

McKinley was injured late in the win over the Panthers in Week 2 and didn’t play against the Saints last week. Quinn announced that he was returning today on his weekly radio spot on 92.9 FM The Game on Wednesday.

“Takk is going to practice some today,” Quinn said. 

Devonta Freeman (knee contusion) and Derrick Shelby are improving, but not ready for practice. They will go through walk-throughs. 

Also, wide receiver Julio Jones (calf) was not outside during the open portion of practice.

McKinley would put a percentage on his recovery and wouldn’t pronounce himself fit for the next game.

 “We’ll see,” McKinley said. “We’ll see”

McKinley looked fine running, in a half sprint, to the stretching drills. 

He didn’t like sitting on the Saints game in which the defense gave up 43 points and 534 yards. 

“Anytime you’re not on the field, it’s a little frustrating,” McKinley said. “That was my first NFL game that I missed. It was different. I don’t like the feeling. I can’t wait to get back out there and help contribute.”

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