5 things to know before today’s Falcons-Dolphins kickoff

Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88) flips over two Atlanta Falcons defenders after catching a pass in the first half in a preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. The Dolphins won, 37-17. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS)
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Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88) flips over two Atlanta Falcons defenders after catching a pass in the first half in a preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. The Dolphins won, 37-17. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS)

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MIAMI — Here are five things to know before today’s Falcons (2-3) at Dolphins (1-5) kickoff at 1 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.:

1. Return of Ridley and Gage: Wide receivers Calvin Ridley (personal matter) and Russell Gage (high ankle sprain) are set to return to the lineup. Ridley missed one game and Gage has missed the past three games.

2. Late roster moves: Falcons cornerback and punt returner Avery Williams (hamstring) was downgraded to out Saturday.

Williams missed the last game against the Jets in London on Oct. 10. Wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus took over as the punt returner and a committee of Richie Grant, Darren Hall and Chris Williamson replaced him at nickel back.

Also, the Falcons will be without outside linebacker Dante Fowler (knee), who was placed on injured reserve. Outside linebacker James Vaughters will be a COVID-19 promotion to the roster, with right tackle Kaleb McGary on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list.

Williamson and linebacker Daren Bates, a veteran special-teams player who signed last week, also were promoted to the roster from the practice squad.

3. Series record: This will be the 14th meeting between the Falcons (2-3) and the Dolphins (1-5). Miami leads the series 9-4 and won the last meeting, 20-17, on Oct. 15, 2017.

4. Matchups: Here are three matchups to watch.

5. Watch information: Sunday’s game will be televised by Fox (play-by-Play: Chris Myers. Analyst: Daryl Johnston. Sideline: Jen Halen) from Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

Local radio: 92.9 The Game. Play-by-play: Wes Durham. Analyst: Dave Archer. Executive producer: Beau Morgan. Pregame show with Chris Goforth and Harry Douglas starts at 11 a.m.

Satellite radio: SIRIUSXM – Atlanta Falcons (Sirius 134, XM 384). Miami Dolphins (Sirius 85, XM 226)

(Games are also available on the SiriusXM app and at home on connected devices and speakers for authenticated subscribers with the SiriusXM All Access package. The SiriusXM app features dedicated team channels that carry the official radio broadcast for all 32 NFL clubs for every game. Fans can find their team’s channel each week under the “NFL Play-by-Play” tab.)

Livestream: Streaming inside the Atlanta market: Fans in the Atlanta market can stream the game on the Atlanta Falcons app. Streaming outside the market: Watch live out-of-market exhibition season games and replay every game of the season with NFL Game Pass.

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