Babineaux is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after missing Thursday's practice due to a non-injury-related issue. As expected, Babineaux will be ready for Week 1 as he returned for Friday's practice after his brief absence. The veteran will start at defensive tackle alongside Grady Jarrett.
Babineaux (non-injury related) returned to practice Friday. Babineaux did not practice Thursday for unknown reasons, but he is not dealing with any sort of physical impairment. The Falcons' longest-tenured player should be full-tilt and ready to go come Sunday.
Babineaux tallied two tackles in the season finale against the Saints. Babineaux put together another decent year, finishing with 30 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception in 2015. He has one year left on his contract, so expect to see the big man back in the trenches for the Falcons in 2016.
The Falcons are all but perfectly healthy for their Sunday game against visiting Cleveland. Cornerback Robert Alford (wrist) and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (hamstring) are out, but the other eight players on their injury report are probable. That group includes guard Jon Asamoah (shoulder), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee), wide receivers Drew Davis (foot), Harry Douglas (foot), Julio Jones (illness) and Devin Hester (wrist) and running backs Steven Jackson (illness) and Patrick DiMarco (illness).
Falcons defensive end Jonathan Babineaux left Sunday's game against the Panthers in Week 11 with a knee injury. Babineaux sustained the injury in the first half and was ruled questionable to return to the game. He had just one total tackle before leaving the game.