Harry Douglas, Jonathan Babineaux out of Wednesday practice; Julio Jones limited


Wide receiver Harry Douglas and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux were both held out of practice for the Atlanta Falcons today as they prepare to take on the Detroit Lions this Sunday in Wembley Stadium. The team is working out at the Arsenal Football Club training ground in England.

In addition to Douglas and Babineaux’s absence from practice due to injuries, wide receiver Julio Jones, left guard Justin Blalock and linebacker Prince Shembo were all limited thanks to injuries of their own. Jones is dealing with ankle issues, Blalock is having issues with his back and Shembo was limited thanks to a knee issue.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the full report on the injuries in his story you can read here. Head coach Mike Smith talked about what the team was doing in regards to getting Douglas back to 100 percent:

"“Harry will do a rehab run today during practice,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We’ll see how he gets through that and then we’ll make a determination and hopefully get him out participating in practice.”"

Douglas has been battling a foot injury throughout the season so far, and has played in just three games. In those games, Douglas has 12 receptions for 121 yards (10.1 yard average) and one touchdown. In the wake of Douglas’ absence, Devin Hester has seen an increase in playing time and is currently fourth on the team in receptions, with 18.

Babineaux has started six of the seven games for the Falcons so far this season and has 11 tackles.