Allen (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, the Falcons' official site reports.
Allen emerged from the Falcons' Week 3 tilt with a knee injury, which held him out Sunday against the Texans. Following back-to-back limited showings to start this week, though, he's on pace to return to action for this Sunday's game versus Washington. If he suits up, he'll assume free-safety duties, as he looks to augment his 17 tackles (15 solo) and one interception from the first three contests.
Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (ribs) remained a limited participant in practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
During media availability Thursday, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said that the Falcons hope that Coleman will be cleared to play Sunday against Washington, which would mark his first appearance since Week 2. If he fulfills that hope, the Falcons haven't revealed his workload, but Devonta Freeman's impressive showing sans Coleman will likely contain the rookie to a complementary role.
Hankerson has prospered working opposite Julio Jones (toe/hamstring) and even tallied his first 100-yard effort this season Sunday against the Texans. A thumb injury could hinder his ability to catch, but Hankerson's situation should provide fruitful as the season progresses.
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (toe/hamstring) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Jones didn't reach 100 receiving yards in Week 4 for the first time this season -- four catches for 38 yards on six targets -- but the blowout nature of the game spurred the Falcons to burn clock via the run game rather than continue to air it out.
He should return to normal Sunday against a Washington defense that has conceded 13.7 yards per catch and six touchdowns to wide receivers this season.
Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Levine Toilolo will likely step in as the primary tight end in an offense that mostly ignores the position. Tamme has eight catches and 11 targets in three games, after Toilolo caught just 31 passes on 54 targets as a 16-game starter last year.
White (personal) returned to Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
After tending to a personal matter Wednesday, White was back in his normal capacity Thursday. Seeking to turn around a slow start to the season -- 13 targets, while earning 80 percent of the offensive snaps -- his output could depend on opposing defenses limiting both Julio Jones (toe/hamstring) and Leonard Hankerson (thumb) going forward. In the short term, White could return to relevance Sunday against a Washington defense that has given up 13.7 YPC and six touchdowns to wideouts this season.
Byrd will likely hop right in as a starter alongside Kenny Vaccaro, but the Saints may monitor the three-time Pro Bowler's snaps. Although his track record from Buffalo is superb, Byrd has played just 15 games since the start of 2013 and four games since the beginning of 2014. He needs to re-prove that he's a useful IDP outside of very deep leagues.
Saints wide receiver Marques Colston caught four passes on five targets for 19 yards in Sunday night's win against the Cowboys. Colston was not much of a factor in Week 4, with Drew Brees seemingly limited to short throws due to his injured shoulder.
Further, he once again lost playing time to second-year pro Willie Snead, who led the Saints with six catches for 89 yards, as Colston was on the field for only 41 of the Saints' 73 offensive plays (56 percent), according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Brees still looks to Colston when he wants to move the sticks on third down, but with Colston essentially becoming a part-time player in New Orleans, his upside is limited. The Saints will face the Eagles in Week 5.
Cooks turned in a limited practice showing for a second consecutive Wednesday, but his ability to take part in all drills Thursday implies that he'll play Sunday at Philadelphia. Provided an exploitable matchup -- the Eagles have conceded 801 receiving yards and six touchdowns to wideouts in four games this season -- he'll strive for his first score of 2015 in Week 5.
Coming off a minor hip procedure at the beginning of September, Lewis is returning toward the front end of his timetable. He'll likely get the start, but it's not entirely clear whether he'll replace Brandon Browner or Delvin Breaux.