Falcons report: White still an observer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White continued to be an observer as the team returned to practice Thursday.

White has missed the last two games with hamstring and ankle injuries. He came to the practice field wearing a floppy hat as his teammates began drills.

Also sidelined during practice were linebackers Stephen Nicholas and Sean Weatherspoon. Nicholas has a quad injury, and Weatherspoon is on short-term injured reserve while recovering from a foot injury. Weatherspoon is eligible to return in Week 11.

Running back Jason Snelling returned to practice off an ankle injury. His return could help a struggling running game ranked last in the league (62.4 rushing yards per game).

Linebacker Akeem Dent, who was limited Wednesday coming off an ankle injury, said he expected to have full participation Thursday.