By Tim Weaver
The Atlanta Falcons just finished their final OTAs practice of 2019 that was open to reporters. It was a rainy day that forced the players inside.
Here’s eight takeaways from the team and the media.
First, the good news. Star defensive back Keanu Neal has taken the next step forward in his progress in recovering from the torn ACL that held him out for all but one game of last season. Today, Neal was in a helmet and gloves for the first time since his injury.
Neal was also not wearing a knee brace.
When he’s healthy, Neal is the best defensive back on the team.
And now the bad: there were a few unexpected and notable absences from today’s practice. Tight end Austin Hooper sat out and is dealing with an ankle issue, according to ESPN.
Meanwhile, second-year wide receiver Calvin Ridley was held out with a sore foot, per the Athletic.
It’s not clear what’s going on with cornerback Desmond Trufant, but Quinn says he was excused along with Hooper.
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