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Falcon ranks thinned before tonights game
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JACKSONVILLE — Cornerback Dunta Robinson and center Todd McClure won’t play in Atlanta’s preseason game at Jacksonville.
Coach Mike Smith ruled both starters out following a joint practice Wednesday night between the Falcons and Jaguars.
Robinson is dealing with a hamstring injury, and Smith says McClure is getting extra rest. Linebacker Robert James has a groin injury and his status will be determined before tonight’s game.
Defensive end Ray Edwards, one of the team’s top free agent acquisitions, practiced in a limited role Wednesday and could make his Falcons debut tonight. He also will be a game-time decision.
Defensive tackle Corey Peters already has been ruled out because of a knee injury.
In other Falcons’ news, tight end Reggie Kelly has returned to the Atlanta Falcons, agreeing to terms with his original NFL team.
Kelly reached the deal Tuesday. He was originally drafted by the Falcons with a second-round pick in 1999 after a much-debated deal that cost Atlanta a first-round pick the following year. Baltimore used it to take running back Jamal Lewis.
Kelly spent four years with the Falcons before signing with Cincinnati in 2003. He was with the Bengals the last seven seasons. In 2010, he had 10 receptions for 42 yards.
He joins starter Tony Gonzalez and last year’s backups, Justin Peelle and Michael Palmer, at tight end.
To make room for Kelly, the Falcons waived receiver P.J. Gore.
Tonight’s game starts at 8 and will be broadcast by Fox. The regular season starts  Sept. 11.

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