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Norwood hopes to return Sunday
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FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons running back Jerious Norwood practiced Friday for the second straight day after missing Atlanta’s last four games with a hip flexor.

The Falcons (5-4) hope Norwood, who is listed as questionable for Sunday, can help stabilize his position when they visit the New York Giants (5-4).

“I’ve been working pretty much every day this week trying to get the (hip) back to normal,” Norwood said. “The main thing is it gets tight a lot. As long as I get it loose, it feels pretty good.”

Pro Bowl running back Michael Turner is sidelined with a high ankle sprain and not expected to play. He did not practice this week and is listed as doubtful.

Though Norwood is unlikely to start, the four-year veteran has spent most of his career as a backup to Turner and the retired Warrick Dunn. Norwood, who ran the fastest 40-yard dash among all players at the 2005 NFL Combine, is considered one of the league’s fastest players when healthy.

Norwood began the season with a career average of 6.6 yards per play and nine touchdowns in a combined 373 rushing attempts and receptions. He ranks third in franchise history with 2,948 kickoff return yards, but the Falcons are using Eric Weems in that role this year.

Norwood’s injured hip during a Week 6 win over Chicago followed a concussion that caused him to miss a Week 3 loss at New England.

Atlanta, which has lost three of its last four games, needs Norwood’s speed to balance a power running game that will feature Jason Snelling in Turner’s place.

Snelling, a third-year reserve, has gained 222 total yards and scored one TD on 30 carries and receptions this season.
The Falcons are listing Pro Bowl wideout Roddy White, who has never missed a game in his five-year career, as questionable with a sprained knee. Left tackle Sam Baker, who was sidelined for last week’s loss at Carolina, is probable with an ankle injury.

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