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Falcons' William Moore uncertain for game with Jaguars

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons starting strong safety William Moore did not return to Sunday’s game at Carolina because of an ankle injury, but it is not believed to be serious.

The status of one of Atlanta’s top run-stoppers for Sunday’s critical game at Jacksonville will be determined later in the week, particularly in practices Wednesday and Thursday as the Falcons (6-7) try to remain in the wild-card hunt.

Moore, who is fourth on the team with 51 combined tackles and assists despite missing two games with a groin injury, is important against the run.

Atlanta’s run defense just a month ago was ranked No. 1 in the NFL, yet has allowed 191, 166 and 142 rushing yards in the past three games against three of the league’s top five rushing attacks -- Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Carolina. The Jaguars are No. 17, going for 99.3 yards per game.

Atlanta surrendered more than 100 yards just once over its first seven games while going 6-1, allowing an average of 69.9.

In losing six straight games, the Falcons have allowed 117 or more rushing yards five times, and an average of 137.2 yards per game.

Moore, a six-year veteran from Missouri who missed nearly half of last season with a shoulder injury, also has forced a fumble and two interceptions.