The Falcons appeared ready to give their veterans and starters some reps in their second preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, but a late decision was made to sit many of their big-name players.
Following the team's 34-27 loss, coach Dan Quinn was asked about his decision to deviate from that plan, and he explained that part of that call had to do with the poor weather in Miami.
"When it was coming down pretty good early on we decided for a couple of those guys, [Matt Ryan] and [Mohamed] Sanu, we'd wait," Quinn said after the game. "In the best interest of some of the guys we wanted to see it was a pretty easy decision."
The Falcons held a number of their veteran players out of Thursday's game. Quinn explained further that the team wanted to give Ryan and others an extended run on the field instead of only a couple of plays, which would have likely been the case with the weather the way it was in Miami.
Below is a full list of the Falcons players who were held out against the Dolphins.
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