The frontrunner for the Atlanta Falcon's middle linebacker starting spot sat out last week's exhibition loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, in accordance with the league's concussion protocol program. The team is hoping that Dent will be able to make it through contact drills and be ready to play in the exhibition game against the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 24.
— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) August 19, 2012
#Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent has been cleared to return to contact practice. Will play Friday vs. Dolphins.
Dent had a strong rookie showing last year, gathering 20 tackles in 16 games played. Dent had two tackles in the game against the Ravens before exiting with injury.