Hawley and Others Expected to Be Limited to Start Camp

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Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports that Atlanta Falcons center Joe Hawley will be limited during full-time drills at the start of training camp, which begins later this week on July 31. Hawley is recovering from a knee injury that included tearing two ligaments suffered in 2014.

Earlier this month, Hawley indicated that the Falcons’ medical staff indicated his knee was unlikely to be at 100 percent at any point in 2015 but still expects to be able to play the entire season at a relatively high level.

According to McClure, Hawley will participate in individual drills but will be eased into full-team drills during the first week of camp. Until he does, expectations are that James Stone will continue to get first-team work as he has throughout the offseason.

McClure also reports that there are questions about whether wide receiver Roddy White will be able to fully participate in camp due to potentially lingering issues with the knee that bothered him throughout last season. White was held out of two of the three days of June’s minicamp and was seen sporting a knee brace on his left knee. However, the Falcons have been mum about White’s status.

McClure also indicates that offensive tackle Lamar Holmes (foot), defensive end Malliciah Goodman (knee) and cornerback Dezmen Southward (knee) may start camp on the active Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list. That designation is solely used for training camp and indicates that all three players will be held out of practices to start camp until they are cleared by team doctors.

Holmes suffered his foot injury earlier this summer. Goodman also suffered a strained knee during June’s minicamp. Southward had surgery on his knee in late May, in an offseason where he also had surgery on his wrist.

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