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Julio Jones, Steven Jackson return to practice

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones, who missed the previous two days of practice with an illness, was back on the field Friday.

Coach Mike Smith promised Jones would be back on the field without going into specifics about the illness.

Running back Steven Jackson and fullback Patrick DiMarco also returned to practice Friday after being out ill Thursday.

The only players not on the practice field with helmets Friday were cornerback Robert Alford, who is out the next three weeks with a broken wrist, and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.