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Falcons' Leonard Hankerson limited as Matt Ryan speaks of receiver's value

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, who missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, was limited during Wednesday's practice in preparation for the Indianapolis Colts.

At the start of practice, Hankerson worked on a side field alone, trying to work out the kinks. After practice, quarterback Matt Ryan raved about what having Hankerson back would mean for a struggling offense.

"Hank has had a great year for us when he's been able to go," Ryan said, "and I think having him back opens up a lot of things for everybody. It makes us a better offense. And so, certainly good to have him out there practicing today."

Hankerson is fourth on the team in receptions with 22 for 291 yards and two touchdowns. He has the team's longest pass play of the season on a 55-yard catch and run. He also leads the team with five drops.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Roddy White upon Hankerson's return. White wants more touches and coach Dan Quinn has talked about White's role being important moving forward.

Also limited at practice were cornerback Robert Alford (groin), linebacker Justin Durant (calf), strong safety William Moore (groin), defensive lineman Grady Jarrett (elbow) and defensive lineman Tyson Jackson (ribs). Nose tackle Paul Soliai (concussion) had full participation.

The Colts had five players held out of practice along with quarterback Andrew Luck (abdomen/kidney): safety Mike Adams (ankle), wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (ankle), linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (hamstring), wide receiver Andre Johnson (rest) and linebacker Robert Mathis (rest). Luck and Dorsett won't play Sunday.