The Atlanta Falcons resume their preseason schedule on Friday night when they take to the road to play the Jacksonville Jaguars. Atlanta lost their preseason opener last Friday night, 28-23, against the Miami Dolphins. The Falcons will be without the services of two key starters against the Jaguars, one on each side of the ball. Cornerback Dunta Robinson has been ruled out by head coach Mike Smith because of a hamstring injury.
On offense, center Todd McClure will sit out simply for the extra rest. At 34 years of age, it's probably not such a bad idea for Smith to give the veteran center the night off. McClure has spent all 11 of his NFL seasons in Atlanta, and he hasn't missed a single start in the past nine seasons. No need to jeopardize that streak for a meaningless preseason affair. Expect McClure to appear in the Falcons' third preseason game at Pittsburgh next Saturday night.
As for Robinson, he too is a veteran that can be trusted to hit the ground running in the regular season provided he's healthy. Whether or not he plays again this preseason will depend entirely on how his hamstring is feeling.
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