Thursday's injury news was good for Brodrick Bunkley; but not so good for Akeem Jordan.
Bunkley, who missed Wednesday's workout with a sprained ankle, was a full participant in Thursday's practice and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said he expects to have his defensive tackle for Sunday's NFC showdown with the Falcons.
"I think come game time he'll be full-strength," McDermott said.
Jordan, meanwhile, was limited Thursday after running with the scout team on Wednesday. It was his first action since he suffered a knee hyperextension while covering a kickoff late in the team's loss to Dallas.
"We're on a day-to-day basis right now with Akeem, same as like we were last week with Akeem," McDermott said prior to Thursday's workout. "I think he did some things yesterday in practice and looked good."
Receiver DeSean Jackson sat out practice for a second straight day due to the concussion he sustained in Sunday's win over the Redskins. His status will be updated Friday by head coach Andy Reid.
Jackson's potential absence will obviously impact the receiving corps. It will also mean Jeremy Maclin will handle punt return duties, with Macho Harris backing him up. The rookie Harris will also remain the primary kick returner. Harris is averaging almost 22 yards on 10 returns.
As special teams coordinator Ted Daisher explained, a nagging injury has prevented second-year man Quintin Demps from stepping into that role, one that he excelled in last season.
"He's not quite 100 percent from a return standpoint," Daisher said. "I don't see the explosion off of his foot like I'd like to see it. He's still got a little ways to go before he can get back there."
For the Falcons, running back Michael Turner (ankle), wide receiver Michael Jenkins (ankle) and right guard Harvey Dahl (ankle) sat out practice for a second straight day.
Brett Romberg, a six-year veteran whose primary position is center, replaced Dahl when he went down in last week's game against Tampa. Falcons head coach Mike Smith said Thursday that either Romberg or four-year veteran Quinn Ojinnaka would get the call if Dahl cannot go.
The 6-5, 299-pound Ojinnaka, who has started seven games in his career, is what Smith called a "swing guard/tackle." He has been inactive seven times this season.
Meanwhile, receivers Brian Finneran (knee) and Roddy White (knee) and left tackle Sam Baker (elbow) were limited in practice for a second consecutive day.
Smith indicated Thursday that he expects to have Finneran back for Sunday's contest after the receiver sat out the last three games.
-- Posted by Bob Kent, 6:25 p.m., December 3