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Falcons' Jones returns to practice

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones returned to practice on Saturday after being held out of the preseason-opening 34-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

"Julio was out running some routes," Falcons coach Mike Smith said Saturday. "He did some work. He didn't take a full load."

Jones was held out of the game for precautionary reasons. He is expected to play against Baltimore on Thursday.

"I would imagine in the next day or two he'll probably be back to full participation," Smith said.

Linebacker Robert James, who had an undisclosed injury, did not practice.

Several other injured players did not practice, including linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (dislocated finger), fullback Bradie Ewing (undisclosed injury) and running back Antone Smith (undisclosed injury).

"Our No. 1 goal is to evaluate these guys but make sure that we get them healthy to the first game," Smith said. "We were able to accomplish that in the first game."

--Team correspondents for The Sports Xchange contributed material for this story.

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