Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  By JOHN MANASSO  |  Last updated 10/5/13
On Saturday, the Atlanta Falcons ruled out injured running back Steven Jackson for a third straight week. Jackson, for whom the Falcons hinted might play against the Jets on Monday night a few day earlier, has not played since the opening drive of Week 2, after injuring a hamstring on a touchdown reception against the Rams, his former team. The Falcons also ruled out two other starters, left tackle Sam Baker (knee, foot) and middle linebacker Akeem Dent (ankle). The Jets, in turn, have also ruled out wide receiver Santonio Holmes (foothamstring), cornerback Dee Milliner (hamstring) and offensive lineman Oday Aboushi (knee) for Monday's game at the Georgia Dome. The Jets' passing attack could be at a big disadvantage, as tight end Kellen Winslow (knee) was listed as questionable, along with wide receiver Clyde Gates (knee). The Falcons will encounter a Jets defense that is tied for second in the NFL in sacks, with backup lineman Lamar Holmes starting at right tackle. Holmes started out as the Falcons' right tackle, but in Week 3 against the Dolphins, he lost his job to Jeremy Trueblood, whom the Falcons signed five days before their first game. The Falcons are even more depleted at linebacker. Top linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss six more games with a foot injury and Kroy Biermann, a defensive end who played outside linebacker in some alignments, is out for the season with a torn Achilles. That means going into this game, in a sense, the Falcons will be without three of their top four linebackers. Also, Paul Worrilow, an undrafted rookie who started last week, was on the injury report with a knee injury (questionable). The Falcons could start veteran Stephen Nicholas, who began the season with a reduced role after a number of others beat him out, undrafted rookie Joplo Bartu and veteran Omar Gaither (signed after Week 2). Other Falcons listed as questionable include wide receivers Julio Jones (knee) and Roddy White (ankle) both likely to play and cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh). Samuel has been inactive twice this season, including last week, and played very few snaps in Week 2. Reserve tight end Chase Coffman also was listed as questionable with a knee injury, an injury that first appeared on Saturday.
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