White, Baker return to Falcons practice

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA. -- Wide receiver Roddy White, still recovering from a high-ankle sprain, and tackle Sam Baker, who missed the last game with a knee/foot injury, both returned to practice Thursday but were limited.

White and Baker were held out of Wednesday's practice as the Atlanta Falcons began preparation for Sunday night's showdown with the Patriots. White hasn't missed any game action despite dealing with the nagging injury.

Running back Steven Jackson was the only player held out of Thursday's practice. Jackson continues to recover from a hamstring injury and will miss Sunday's game.

Also limited in Thursday's practice were wide receiver Julio Jones (knee), center Peter Konz (knee) and guard Garrett Reynolds (knee). Cornerback Robert McClain (knee) and running back/special-teamer Josh Vaughan (ankle) had full participation.

In New England, offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer (foot) and wide receiver/special-teamer Matthew Slater (wrist) were held out of practice. Tight end Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) and wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin) both practiced but were limited.