About an hour before kickoff, the Falcons announced that cornerback Desmond Trufant (shoulder), running back Devonta Freeman (hamstring), safety William Moore (calf), running back Antone Smith (hamstring), linebacker Derek Akunne (foot), guard Peter Konz (knee) and wide receiver Roddy White (elbor surgery) were not expected to dress for the game against the Miami Dolphins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the refurbished Sun Life Stadium.
Trufant returned to practice last week, but is being held out for precautionary reasons.
White is recovering from the first surgery of his career and is expected to be ready for the seasons-opener against Philadelphia on Monday, Sept. 14 at the Georgia Dome.
With Freeman out, rookie Tevin Coleman will have a chance to take control of the competition to win the top running back spot.
The Falcons have average 1.9 yards per carry in two exhibition games with Freeman and Coleman out.
Last season at Indiana, Coleman, who was selected in the third round of the NFL draft, rushed for 2,036 yards and averaged 169.7 yards per game.
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