FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - Almost a week after their training camp opened, the Atlanta Falcons finally are working with their full roster, including defensive end Ray Edwards and corner back Brent Grimes.
The Falcons twice pushed back the start of their full-pads workout on Thursday while waiting on players to ratify the collective bargaining agreement. The players' vote to approve the deal meant the Falcons' only free-agent addition, Edwards, and the free agents they have re-signed, including Grimes, were cleared to practice.
Grimes, a 2010 Pro Bowl pick, signed his $2.61 million first-round tender Thursday. He was a restricted free agent. Also practicing Thursday for the first time in training camp were starting offensive linemen Tyson Clabo and Justin Blalock and linebackers Mike Peterson and Stephen Nicholas, who re-signed as unrestricted free agents.