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Tony Gonzalez plans to play in Falcons’ third preseason game


After getting some time off from training camp, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is ready to get to work.

Gonzalez told Jay Glazer of FOX Sports that he is getting ready to leave for the airport to fly to Atlanta today and plans to be at work with his teammates on Sunday. He also plans to play in the Falcons’ third preseason game, next Saturday against the Titans, which is typically the game when teams try to get as many of their starters on the field as possible.

“It’s time for me to get back there,” Gonzalez told Glazer. “I need to get some work with Matt [Ryan] and the offense. I’m excited.”

The 37-year-old Gonzalez said last year that he planned to retire, but he reconsidered in part because the Falcons told him they’d be flexible with his schedule and allow him to spend more time with his family during the offseason. Gonzalez, who led the Falcons with 93 catches last season, has always been dedicated to health and fitness and is expected to show up in Atlanta in excellent shape.