Levitre (elbow) was a full participant in Friday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Levitre was limited in Thursday's practice due to an elbow injury but appears to have fully recovered. The 32-year-old played all 70 offensive snaps in Atlanta's season opener, and he looks primed to start against the Panthers on Sunday.
Levitre was on the field for 25 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps Friday, as the triceps injury that forced his 2017 campaign to end prematurely appears to fully healed at this point. The 32-year-old is slated to once again start at left guard in 2018.
Levitre (triceps) will be limited in practice at the start of training camp as he continues to recover from a triceps tear suffered in Week 13 of last season, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Andy "Ironman" Levitre did not miss a start through his first eight NFL seasons, that is, until he suffered a triceps injury in an early-December tilt with the Vikings. Levitre admirably tried to return four weeks later in Week 17, but re-aggravated the muscle and was subsequently placed on the injured reserve, leaving Ben Garland as his replacement at offensive guard for Atlanta's postseason run. Although not fully recuperated at this juncture of the offseason program, Levitre's avoidance of the physically unable to perform list bodes well for his availability by the end of the preseason.
Levitre (triceps) is still in recovery from triceps and knee injuries, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "He's making a push (to return)," head coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday. "Our goal would be at the end of minicamp. I'm not saying he'll play at that spot, but he's making a push to be ready right around then. He was dealing with his knee and triceps. He's really put in good work. I'm excited about where he's been over the last six weeks. When you see those big jumps take place, that's certainly happened with him."
Levitre was already dealing with an undisclosed knee injury last November before suffering a partially torn left triceps in December. The nine-year vet was a modicum of durability before then, though, starting 140 consecutive games. By the sound of Quinn's words, it seems Levitre should be fully back in action by the time training camp starts up in late July.
In an effort to help Atlanta's financial flexibility with free agency opening next week, Levitre reduced his base salary from $7 million to $3.5 million for the upcoming campaign. The veteran offensive guard has displayed remarkable durability in his career, starting in 140 consecutive games before being sidelined late this past season with a triceps injury. Despite head coach Dan Quinn hinting at the probability of Atlanta adding youth into the interior of the offensive line, the 31-year-old Levitre returns to a group that tied for the third-fewest sacks allowed in the NFL in 2017.
|5||10/7/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/4/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/22/18||@ NO||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
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