The AJC reports that three Falcons have been cleared to participate as the team opens off-season workouts today. Those three were injured last season and include running back Thomas Brown, linebacker Robert James, and defensive tackle Trey Lewis.
Both Brown and James were draft picks last year, but were injured during camp and missed their rookie seasons. Brown is expected to add depth at running back while James is expected to see time as a reserve outside linebacker.
Lewis is probably the most significant return. Lewis suffered an injury midway through the 2007 season and re-aggravated the injury last off-season, forcing him to miss the entire season. With the loss of free agent Grady Jackson to the Detroit Lions this off-season, there is a void at nose tackle which a healthy Lewis may be able to fill. He replaced Jackson as the starter for 5 games in 2007 before his injury.