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Falcons rule out RB Freeman (foot), TE Hooper (knee)

Fri Nov 15 3:09pm ET

Players: Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, Austin Hooper

New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook (87) pulls in a pass in front of Atlanta Falcons defensive back Kemal Ishmael (36) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)


Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) carries against New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Shy Tuttle (99) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)


Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) carries against New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, left, in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)


Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper (81) celebrates his touchdown reception in front of New Orleans Saints cornerback Eli Apple (25) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons will be without running back Devonta Freeman, tight end Austin Hooper and safety Kemal Ishmael for Sunday’s game at Carolina.

All three were ruled out Friday. Freeman sustained a sprained foot in last weekend’s upset victory over New Orleans, while Hooper went down with a sprained knee. Ishmael won’t play against the Panthers because of a concussion.

The Falcons (2-7) will have starting cornerback Desmond Trufant, who is set to play for the first time since Week 5. He’s been out with a toe injury.

Quarterback Matt Ryan was limited in practice throughout the week while dealing with an ankle injury. But he will make his second straight start at Carolina.

Player Notes
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Philip Rivers Apr 1 7:10pm ET

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Joe Burrow Apr 1 5:20pm ET

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Jarrett Stidham Apr 1 11:20am ET

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