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Falcons WR looks to return to action vs. Vikings

Atlanta Falcons wideout Julio Jones returned to practice on Thursday and appears likely to play this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings, barring any setbacks.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Jones looked crisp in his first practice of the week, though the rookie receiver only participated on a limited basis.

"It felt good to get back out there, running routes," Jones said, via the newspaper. "I thought I was going to be rusty, but I wasn't. So, it just felt good to be back out there with my teammates."

Jones has battled a nagging hamstring injury throughout the year. He originally suffered the injury Oct. 9 against the Green Bay Packers and missed the following two games. Jones then came back Nov. 6 against the Indianapolis Colts, exploding for two touchdowns and 131 yards, but he re-aggravated his hamstring the next week against the New Orleans Saints and sat out last week's win over the Tennessee Titans.

Cornerback Brent Grimes (knee) also returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson did not practice for a second consecutive day as he attempts to overcome a sprained left ankle he sustained last Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Peterson was in a walking boot Wednesday, and Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson would need to practice by Friday in order to be available against the Falcons.

Tight ends Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) and Kyle Rudolph (quadriceps) did not practice Thursday, while wideout Percy Harvin (ribs) and quarterback Christian Ponder (knee) were limited.

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