MIAMI – Cornerback Dunta Robinson, the Falcons prized offseason acquisition, was a late scratch from the lineup against the Miami Dolphins on Friday.
Robinson, who’s been nursing what has been termed a minor hamstring injury, was expected to play in the all-important third exhibition game.
“We made a decision and as I said all week long — really over the last eight or nine days — all the players that are injured are going to be game time decisions,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We thought it was just best to hold Dunta out. Anybody that has been to our practices knows that he has been a full participant in all of our practices. We just felt like it was in the best interest of our football team for the regular season to hold him out.”
Christopher Owens took Robinson’s spot in the starting lineup opposite of Brent Grimes.
Robinson was signed to a six-year, $57.5 million contract as a free agent. He hurt his hamstring trying to run down an overthrown pass early in training camp.
Wide receiver Michael Jenkins (shoulder), guard Mike Johnson (knee), defensive tackles Corey Peters (knee) and Thomas Johnson (Achilles) did not play.