Falcons missing 3 starters for Sunday's game at Eagles

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The first-place Atlanta Falcons have ruled out three starters for their game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Running back Tevin Coleman will miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury, while tight end Jacob Tamme is sitting out his second game in a row with a shoulder problem.

Cornerback Desmond Trufant left the last game, a Thursday night victory over Tampa Bay, with a shoulder injury. Even with extra time to recover, he wasn't able to make it back.

The Falcons are off next week, which likely factored into the decision not to rush anyone back.

Defensive end Dwight Freeney (quadriceps) will be able to play after fully participating in Friday's practice.

The Falcons (6-3) lead the NFC South heading into the contest against the Eagles (4-4).

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