Falcons' Neal returns to practice, injury sidelines Ishmael

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons rookie starting safety Keanu Neal, the NFL's 17th overall draft pick, was back at practice Sunday after missing last week's exhibition game with a torso injury.

Neal's return helps the starting secondary. A shoulder injury will sideline No. 2 safety Kemal Ishmael when Atlanta (1-0 preseason) visits Cleveland (0-1) on Thursday.

Running back Terron Ward probably won't play because of an ankle injury. He's on the third-team offense with tight end Levine Toilolo, who returned to practice after missing the win over Washington with a sore hand.

Kicker Matt Bryant was held out with leg tightness.

Second-string running back Tevin Coleman didn't finish practice because of the 101-degree heat index.

Defensive end Dwight Freeney, signed Aug. 4 to a one-year contract, will make his Falcons debut against the Browns. The 15th-year veteran didn't play against Washington because he only had a couple days of practice in full pads.

Coach Dan Quinn said Freeney will take only a few snaps.

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