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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Falcons clear spot for Babineaux

By Pat Yasinskas

The Falcons just formally cleared a roster spot for the return of defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux from a one-game suspension.

They released center Rob Bruggeman. Babineaux had been suspended for one week for violating the NFL’s conduct code last season. His absence was obvious in Sunday’s season-opening loss to Pittsburgh.

On Rashard Mendenhall’s 50-yard touchdown run in overtime, Trey Lewis, who was playing in Babineaux’s spot, was thrown to the ground by a blocker at the line of scrimmage. Mendenhall started his romp through that hole.

Babineaux is expected to return to practice Wednesday and start Sunday against Arizona.