Norwood returns to practice

Updated: November 19, 2009, 8:55 PM ET
Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta running back Jerious Norwood practiced for first time in nearly five weeks on Thursday, giving the Falcons hope he could play against the New York Giants if they are without injured starter Michael Turner.

Norwood was limited on the field, but coach Mike Smith is hoping he can play Sunday at the Meadowlands. He's been sidelined with a hip flexor.

"He was able to participate in practice today, so that was a positive," Smith said. "Now we have to wait and see how he responds to the work that he did today."

Atlanta could be without Turner, a Pro Bowl back who is averaging 5 yards a carry and has scored 10 touchdowns. He left last week's loss at Carolina with a high ankle sprain.

Turner has missed the last two days of workouts but was not wearing a walking boot in the locker room following practice.

"It feels OK, but right now it's too early to tell," Turner said.

Norwood also missed a Week 3 loss at New England with a concussion.


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