Falcons' Jackson gets more practice reps

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who returned to practice for the first time since Week 2 on Wednesday, got an increased workload on Thursday coming off a hamstring injury.

Although Jackson stopped short of declaring himself ready to play against Arizona on Sunday, the outlook looks more promising based on what head coach Mike Smith said following Thursday's practice.

"In terms of limited, they actually had more snaps than they had yesterday, and that was the plan -- to try and ramp them up," Smith said, referring to both Jackson and tight end Chase Coffman, who is coming off a knee injury. "Give them their first day very limited ... I'd say it was almost a full load for the guys today."

Smith also said left tackle Sam Baker, who missed the last two games with a knee injury, would be in the starting lineup, if healthy. Baker was limited again Thursday.

"We're going to make a decision as we get closer to the game," Smith said of Baker. "We'll visit with the doctors today. ... He's been progressing well. It's good to see him back out there."

Wide receiver Roddy White (hamstring/ankle), running back Jason Snelling (ankle), and linebacker Stephen Nicholas (quad) were held out of practice. Cornerback Robert Alford, who was limited Wednesday due to an ankle injury, was back to full practice on Thursday.

Here is the complete Falcons' injury report:

FULL PARTICIPATION: CB Robert Alford (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Steven Jackson (hamstring), LT Sam Baker (knee), LB Akeem Dent (ankle), DT Corey Peters (shoulder), TE Chase Coffman (knee)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Roddy White (hamstring/ankle), RB Jason Snelling (ankle), LB Stephen Nicholas (quad)