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Samuel, Spoon, Jones To Start Against Bucs


A few of Atlanta's starters missed time in practice this week, but are all slated to start against the Bucs on Sunday.

Sean Weatherspoon is set to return to the field after missing three straight games. He told the media on Wednesday that he would likely be ready to go this week.

Julio Jones missed time in last Sunday's game against the Cardinals but is scheduled to take the field against Tampa. Asante Samuel also came out of last Sunday's game and missed practices this week, but is ready to play.

Inactives for the Falcons against Tampa are QB Dominique Davis, WR Tim Toone, S Charles Mitchell, G Phillipkeith Manley, DE Lawrence Sidbury, DT Peria Jerry and OG Harland Gunn.

Among the notable inactives for the Bucs include CB Eric Wright. Starting in Wright's place is rookie cornerback Leonard Johnson. Other inactives include RB Michael Smith, S Cody Grimm, LB Najee Goode, C Cody Wallace, WR David Douglas and DT Matthew Masifilo.

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