Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  By JOHN MANASSO  |  Last updated 8/26/13
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Starting left cornerback Asante Samuel will not play in Atlanta's final preseason game against Jacksonville, Falcons head coach Mike Smith told FOXSportsSouth.com. The cornerback, however, remains on track to play in Week 1 at New Orleans. Samuel injured his thigh during the Falcons' preseason loss to the Titans on Saturday, playing only four snaps, tied for the fewest among defensive players that night. Samuel, a four-time Pro Bowler, posted five interceptions last season. "We anticipate Asante will be back for the Saints game," Smith said. Without Samuel, the Falcons might start two rookie cornerbacks, first-round pick Desmond Trufant on the right and second-rounder Robert Alford on the left. The latter struggled in a big way against the Titans, but Smith defended Alford on Monday, saying some plays that appeared to be his fault were actually missed assignments by other Falcons. "I think Robert, as I said after the game, he got put into a situation where...
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