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Duckett to replace Falcons' leading rusher

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Warrick Dunn's season ended Tuesday
when the Atlanta Falcons placed their leading rusher on injured
reserve with a torn ligament in his left foot.

Dunn had to be carried off the field early in the fourth quarter
of the Falcons' 38-31 loss to Tennessee on Sunday. Coach Dan Reeves said Monday that Dunn initially got hurt during his 162-yard
rushing effort in a 23-20 overtime loss at New Orleans the previous week.

Atlanta (2-9) has lost two straight and nine of 10 games as it
prepares to visit Houston (4-7) this Sunday. T.J. Duckett will
replace Dunn as the starter.

Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick has missed the entire season
after fracturing his right fibula. The Falcons placed outside
linebackers Sam Rogers and Will Overstreet on injured reserve in
October.

Dunn has never been placed on injured reserve in his seven-year
career. His injury is similar to what Atlanta linebacker Keith
Brooking endured three years ago -- a ligament tear at the base of
his toes. The team doesn't know whether Dunn, like Brooking, will
need surgery.

Dunn, in the second season of a six-year, $28.5 million contract
he signed after leaving Tampa Bay as a free agent, had 672 yards
rushing, 336 yards receiving and scored five touchdowns in 11 games
this year.

The Falcons are likely to re-sign fullback George Layne to fill
Dunn's spot on the 53-man roster. They cut Layne, who spent two
weeks on Carolina's practice squad, at the end of preseason three
months ago.