Jermichael Finley (neck surgery) said his doctor is 99.9 percent certain Finley will be cleared for contact in the next 3-4 weeks.
Finley is likely behind Dennis Pitta and Jimmy Graham in terms of potential tight end free agents this season, but that doesn't mean a big money deal is coming. Any contract Finley signs will likely be of the short variety with lots of escalator clauses tied to his on the field performance. ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Devin Hester (toe) has been cleared to return from injury in Week 13.
Hester has been on short-term IR all year with the toe injury and has finally been cleared to return. Considering the offensive struggles for the Falcons, he may be used as more than just a return man. There's been little help opposite Julio Jones so perhaps Hester will get a crack at some extra snaps. He certainly couldn't do worse than what the team has there right now. Of course, Matt Ryan still has to wake up as well. Analysis: Howard Bender