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Falcons Vs. Buccaneers: Stephen Nicholas, Kelvin Hayden Inactive

The Atlanta Falcons have had to play without the strengths of their respective lines so far this year, lacking defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and center Todd McClure. Babineaux is still out, giving his spot to a resurgent Peria Jerry, while McClure is active for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Nickel back Kelvin Hayden won't play, which could be the most significant challenge besides Babineaux's continued absence. Stephen Nicholas is out, meaning Mike Peterson will get the starting linebacker spot opposite Sean Weatherspoon. Tampa Bay likewise is missing a linebacker -- Dekota Wilson is set to spell Quincy Black.

The complete inactives list for both teams:

Atlanta Falcons

26 - CB Kelvin Hayden

29 - CB Darrin Walls

54 - LB Stephen Nicholas

66 - C Brett Romberg

79 - G Mike Johnson

95 - DT Jonathan Babineaux

98 - DE Cliff Matthews

Lineup Changes

94 Peria Jerry will start at defensive tackle for 95 Jonathan Babineaux.

53 Mike Peterson will start at linebacker for 54 Stephen Nicholas.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18 - WR Sammie Stroughter

21 - RB Allen Bradford

22 - S Larry Asante

24 - CB Anthony Gaitor

58 - LB Quincy Black

73 - T Derek Hardman

77 - T James Lee

Lineup Changes

56 Dekota Watson will start at linebacker for 58 Quincy Black.

For discussion, head to Falcons blog The Falcoholic and Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation, plus SB Nation Tampa Bay.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.