Falcons TE Sidelined With Knee Injury

Flowery Branch, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons returned to the practice field today to start preparing for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

After beating the Dallas Cowboys, 20-13, last week in the Georgia Dome to climb to a 4-4 record, the Falcons will begin the second half of the season by facing the 6-2 Packers. Atlanta will be on the road for five of their final eight regular season games. Kickoff for the Falcons-Packers game is scheduled for 1 p.m. eastern time.

Head coach Dan Reeves pumped stadium noise through loud speakers during the team portion of practice to help get his team acclimated to possible stadium conditions at Lambeau Field. The Falcons suffered several injuries against the Dallas Cowboys with the most serious to TE Reggie Kelly, who left the game in the first half and did not return with a knee injury. Kelly did not practice today and is listed as doubtful on the injury report.

CB Darrick Vaughn is questionable with a groin and knee injury, and CB Ray Buchanan (knee) and RB Maurice Smith (shin) are nursing injuries but are probable on the injury report.

QB Chris Chandler was the only Falcons player that missed the Dallas game due to an injury. Chandler was inactive as the third quarterback due to a rib injury that occurred in the third quarter of the loss vs. New England two weeks ago. After missing practice last Wednesday, Chandler attempted to practice on Thursday but was too sore and ended up missing practice on Friday. Reeves said after practice that looked like he was throwing the ball well and should be ready to play this Sunday.

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