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Falcons vs. Eagles: Peter Konz earns first NFL start

The rookie out of Wisconsin stepped in for Garrett Reynolds.

Daniel Shirey

Atlanta Falcons rookie offensive lineman Peter Konz made the first start of his pro career on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Konz, who was the Falcons' second-round draft pick last April, has appeared in all seven games this season.

He got the start in place of Garrett Reynolds, who was limited in practice last week because of a back injury. Reynolds had started to six games prior to Sunday and has appeared in 28 games over the course of his NFL career.

Konz stepped in and managed to avoid serious mistakes, and the Falcons improved to 7-0 with a 30-17 win over the Eagles. Atlanta piled up 392 yards of offense, including 146 rushing yards. Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers combined to run for 118 yards, while quarterback Matt Ryan completed 75.9 percent of his throws and connected on three touchdown passes.

The Falcons will try to stay undefeated when they host the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday.

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