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Falcons' C McClure to miss Bears game

8/31/2011

Atlanta coach Mike Smith just told the media that veteran center Todd McClure, who recently had knee surgery, will not be available to play in the Sept. 11 regular-season opener at Chicago.

Unless the Falcons go out and find a veteran, that almost certainly means second-year pro Joe Hawley will start in McClure’s place. A fourth-round pick out of UNLV last year, Hawley never has started an NFL game. But he’s worked behind McClure since last year and appeared in 15 games, mostly as a special-teams player, last year.

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