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Recapping Luke Falk’s first day of practice at the Senior Bowl

Senior Bowl practices have officially kicked off in Mobile, Alabama and it marks Luke Falk’s official return to football

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Preparations for the Senior Bowl officially kicked off Tuesday in Mobile, Alabama with the start of practice. When the game kicks off on Saturday it will mark the first “game” action for Falk since the Apple Cup, after missing the Holiday Bowl recovering from wrist surgery. Falk is still wearing a brace on his left wrist, but he is ready to go for game day.

Falk returned to the practice field Tuesday as part of a busy day at the Senior Bowl. The day started with official measurements:

Then, after the weigh-in, it was time for media availability. And, of course, the recent death of Falk’s longtime teammate and friend Tyler Hilinski was fresh on everyone's mind. Recently Falk has done his part to honor Hilinski, releasing a statement last week and changing his Senior Bowl number from four to three, and today was no different.

“I felt like it’s what I needed to do,” Falk told the media Tuesday. “He needs to be remembered. He was an amazing person, an amazing soul... People need to know it.” Falk went on to address how important it as that we, as a society, address the topic of suicide and how to help those in need. You can watch a short video of his comments here.

Eventually, the players hit the field, and the talk moved to football. Falk participated in drills and ran the offense under the Broncos coaching staff, while scouts took the chance to preview this season’s crop of players.

ESPN’s Jordan Raanan also broke down the crop of quarterbacks in his game preview. “He has a lot to prove in this draft process after an up-and-down season,” said Raanan. “Senior Bowl week will be especially important to Falk, who may be a mid-round project.” If you’re an ESPN Insider (Note: I am not) you can read another Senior Bowl quarterback round-up here.

There are sure to be even more previews and round-ups as practices roll on in Mobile. In the mean time, Luke Falk is going to continue putting in work, like he always has.

But Falk isn’t the only one in action this week in Alabama, Cole Madison is also putting in work.

You can catch Falk and Madison in action in day two of Senior Bowl practice today on the NFL Network at 10 AM pacific (with a recap at 5 PM). The game kicks off on the same network Saturday at 11 AM.

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