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Monday, October 7, 2013
Asante Samuel active for Falcons

By Vaughn McClure

ATLANTA -- Asante Samuel, who missed two games this season with a thigh injury, is active for the Atlanta Falcons as they prepare to face the New York Jets.

All signs pointed to Samuel playing despite being limited in practice last week. He missed the last game against the New England Patriots and the season opener against the New Orleans Saints.

Also active for the Falcons is linebacker Paul Worrilow, who suffered a knee injury in the last game. He could see most of his work on special teams. The Falcons are thin at linebacker with Akeem Dent (ankle) inactive and Sean Weatherspoon (foot) out until Week 11. Omar Gaither is slated to start at middle linebacker, while fellow newcomer Jamar Chaney was activated to give more depth at linebacker.

Also inactive for the Falcons are running back Steven Jackson (hamstring), left tackle Sam Baker (knee), safety Kemal Ishmael, safety Zeke Motta, guard Harland Gunn, and tight end Chase Coffman.

Jacquizz Rodgers will start at running back for Jackson while Lamar Holmes will start at left tackle for Baker.

Inactive for the Jets are Santonio Holmes, Dee Milliner, Brady Quinn, Vladimir Ducasse, Ben Ijalana, Oday Aboushi, and Zach Sudfeld.