FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons starting left tackle Jake Matthews, who underwent surgery in January to repair a torn Lisfranc ligament in his foot, was back on the field for Tuesday's session of organized team activities.
Matthews appeared to run without issue as he participated in early drills. He underwent surgery Jan. 5, and was given a four-month timetable for recovery. There was some belief that Matthews would be held out until training camp in late July.
Matthews' return wasn't the Falcons' only encouraging news on the injury front. Starting strong safety William Moore returned to practice for the first time since undergoing significant right shoulder surgery in the winter. Starting center Joe Hawley was back at practice for the first time since tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee. And rookie cornerback Jalen Collins, who underwent foot surgery prior to the draft, went through individual drills wearing a helmet.
Matthews, Moore, Hawley, Reed, Collins and Konz all were limited. They were all but absent during full-team drills.
Missing from practice again was starting right guard Jon Asamoah, who was held out with an ankle injury, according to coach Dan Quinn. With Asamoah sidelined and Matthews and Hawley limited, the first-team offensive line consisted of Ryan Schraeder at right tackle, Chris Chester at right guard, James Stone at center, Mike Person at left guard and Lamar Holmes at left guard.
Tackle Sam Baker, still recovering from last year's significant knee injury, was nowhere to be seen. Quinn previously said Baker's rehab has been taking place inside the facility.
Also, rookie first-round pick Vic Beasley was on the field with a helmet but did not see much action. Quinn said Beasley was limited by a shoulder injury.
Linebacker Marquis Spruill, who missed all of last season with an ACL injury, was held out of practice.