Dunta Robinson scratched from lineup

Dunta Robinson is set to make his Falcons debut tonight. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Dunta Robinson was expected to make his Falcons debut against Miami. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

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.

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Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 27th, 2010
3:11 pm

I’m just hoping to see both the offense (at least score a touchdown) and the defense (get off the field on 3rd downs) play better than they have in the first two preseason games.

GO FALCONS!!!!!

NO1 PICK

August 27th, 2010
3:15 pm

ryan

August 27th, 2010
3:15 pm

If we don’ t get V Jack well Antonio Bryant may be cut buy the Bengals so there is possibility .

NO1 PICK

August 27th, 2010
3:16 pm

hope dunta does not get hurt

D-Man

August 27th, 2010
3:18 pm

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzz….huh..what??

Mave2124

August 27th, 2010
3:20 pm

1. Stay Healthy (No Injuries) 2. Score a TD on offense 3. Stop the run and the pass…we do that, I am happy and ready to see us play Pitt.

ChampSaints#1

August 27th, 2010
3:26 pm

Less impressed with Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense than I am with their defense……and that’s saying something :) ))

E's Dirty Birds

August 27th, 2010
3:26 pm

(30-35 snaps) how many quraters does this typically equate to?

E's Dirty Birds

August 27th, 2010
3:27 pm

The fact that Saint’s fans are on our blog tells us something… they know we are FOREAL!!

Stretch

August 27th, 2010
3:31 pm

Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith knows best what the strengths and weaknesses are, therefore I will not try to tell them. However it would do them well to pick up a Wide Receiver if they can. I am less confident in Roddy than most other Falcons Fans seem to be, because he does not get enough separation, and that could result in balls thrown to him been intercepted.

ryan

August 27th, 2010
3:32 pm

I just hope P. Jerry can make it through one preseason game .

blord

August 27th, 2010
3:33 pm

I will be happy with tonight if
a. We finish it heathy
b. The 1st team offense gets into the endzone
c. We make tackles and take folks to the ground.
e. We get pressure on the qb
f. We keep Matty Ice’s jersey clean

Nashvegas Falcon

August 27th, 2010
3:40 pm

Dear Saints People who continually haunt the ajc falcons blog. Thank you for thinking of us. We in turn do not feel any desire whatsoever to spend and/or waste time on your blog- assuming your media folks possess the technology to have a blog. Congratulations on winning the super bowl…last season. I look forward to the upcoming season. If the past serves as any indicator, regardless of your superbowl win, to assume that these Falcons are somehow inferior and your Saints are infallable…scratch that, please assume that the foregoing is true. Again, I look forward to the upcoming season.

Ezcofalconfan

August 27th, 2010
3:46 pm

Rody has trouble getting separation because he’s always being double covered

Barton

August 27th, 2010
3:46 pm

Will the Dolphins still run the wildcat 65% of the time?

ATLboi08

August 27th, 2010
3:47 pm

E’s Dirty Birds—–I agree man! Looks like those Aint fans know they’re no longer safe. Them Dirty birds gon let loose up in that superdome so get ready for an upset!

biggtwank

August 27th, 2010
4:04 pm

LETS STAY FOCUSED ON THE TASK AT HAND! LETS TRASH TALK IF WE WIN THE SUPERBOWL!

hiramsaint

August 27th, 2010
4:16 pm

we’re on here ’cause we’re rivals or have y’all been freeze-dried for the past 40 years. good luck tonight on your starting O getting a whiff of the endzone and no injuries. we don’t want more excuses after week 3

ReddJonn68

August 27th, 2010
4:17 pm

We need to be realistic. I know everyone keeps saying we are not gameplanning for these games on D but what about our offense. We have not put the ball in the end zone yet with the starting unit, did anyone watch the Packers vs Colts last night ? Talk about offenses looking like they were in midseason form, wow ! We need to get Matt in some type of rhythm by the first game, because without Big Ben I think that Pittsburgh is going to throw the kitchen sink at us with their defense.

I just hope our defensive guys stay healthy, get some good reps, & have a better showing than last week. I keep hearing about us picking up another WR, what gives this should have been addressed beforre we got this close to the first game. In my opinion we have been thin at that pos. for the last 5 yrs. Go Birds hope we put a couple in the end zone tonite !!!

oranjucejonz

August 27th, 2010
4:31 pm

@@@@Nashvegas Falcon,Hilariuos..You do know that technology is not needed in N.Orleans right,All one needs to is stand at the gulf coast and shout and everybody in the city will hear them. If its not Mardi Gras in the city the only thing to do is play in the swamp,practice witchcraft and dream about the Falcons.WE FLY HIGH

realbirdofprey

August 27th, 2010
5:18 pm

THE RAMS BEAT THE PATS THIS MEANS THEY ARE BETTER THAN THE FALCONS BECAUSE THIS IS THE 3RD PRESEASON GAME!!! lol people are stupid

alanfalcon

August 27th, 2010
5:35 pm

I am thinking of moving to New Orleans so that I can jump down a toliet with the rest of the Saints fans, any ideas?

Sumit

August 27th, 2010
5:48 pm

Dunta is out of this game…

Sumit

August 27th, 2010
5:52 pm

Time to change the Title D.Led.. I’m just kidding

mountain_jim

August 27th, 2010
6:19 pm

No major injuries!

hiramsaint

August 27th, 2010
6:32 pm

alanfalcon- go for it dude.

SUPERFIN

August 27th, 2010
6:38 pm

How you gonna call Robinson vs. Marshall a matchup? Thats like me covering Jerry Rice-it ain’t gonna happen

RUDEDOGG

August 27th, 2010
6:51 pm

The offense needs to get in the freggin endzone,no more excuses. Defense man-up and get off the field;make a play for christ sake.T.D. please bring in another receiver,Roddy cant do it by himself;geezz! Most of all Falcons stay healthy.

Once "Recent" Reader

August 27th, 2010
6:59 pm

Is this the Live blog for the game??? Didn’t see one.

bigdave

August 27th, 2010
7:15 pm

time to cut Jackson. he cant cover anyone.. tackle.. or fall on a loose ball.

Ree Roe

August 27th, 2010
7:28 pm

Roddy!! Nice pass & catch. Finally a TD from the 1st team

-REEspectfully Roe!!!

Once "Recent" Reader

August 27th, 2010
7:28 pm

Well I guess no blog. Nice little drive there and finally Falcs 1st string gets in the endzone.

Once "Recent" Reader

August 27th, 2010
7:30 pm

Ree Roe . ..what’s up. No live blogcast 2nite?? Where are the gents on vaca?

Jimmy

August 27th, 2010
7:33 pm

I am pleased with the TD pass from Ryan. But he has looked terrible tonight so far.

knotmuch

August 27th, 2010
7:33 pm

Let’s make it the live blog

Ree Roe

August 27th, 2010
7:33 pm

Whassup recent reader? I guess we’ll have to hold it down. Good drive by the first team offense after that putrid 3 & out. I still think Matt keys in on Gonzo too much, but he made some nice throws when it counted. Turner looks good & so did Harry on that 3rd down catch. What did you think?

-REEturn of Roe!!!

knotmuch

August 27th, 2010
7:34 pm

Finally some pass rush. BEERMAN!!!!!!!!

Ree Roe

August 27th, 2010
7:35 pm

Defense looks ALOT better tonight. Good sign

-REEgretfully Roe!!!

knotmuch

August 27th, 2010
7:36 pm

RR – I agree that MR looks to TG to often, and forces throws.

Jimmy

August 27th, 2010
7:36 pm

This is the live blog.
We bring life to it.
Like Dr. Frankenstein

knotmuch

August 27th, 2010
7:38 pm

I can’t believe Turner made the corner.

Ree Roe

August 27th, 2010
7:39 pm

O-Line looks good early on. Big uglies up front are working!

-REEligiously Roe!!!

Jimmy

August 27th, 2010
7:39 pm

Can’t belive White missed that one.

Once "Recent" Reader

August 27th, 2010
7:42 pm

Just a few inches too high there. Too bad. Like the fact there are more downfield passes . .. …like it better with a few more completions!!! D did look pretty good in the last drive!

waynester

August 27th, 2010
7:42 pm

just got in… how ’bout a scoring update? thanks….

Jimmy

August 27th, 2010
7:44 pm

The announcers keep saying, “good blocking for Ryan”.
What game are they watching?
I keep seeing our O Line being driven back on top of Ryan.
Good blocking is maintaining a pocket for more than two seconds.

FalconUGAFan

August 27th, 2010
7:44 pm

Has anyone found a streaming broadcast yet? Not on TV up here in DC…

Once "Recent" Reader

August 27th, 2010
7:45 pm

Nice . ..that was a fierce rush . . ..required some holding:)

Once "Recent" Reader

August 27th, 2010
7:45 pm

Actually . . .Jake Long did not need to hold there . .. .I’ll take it!

Jimmy

August 27th, 2010
7:46 pm

I am hoping our defense will do better on third and long tonight.
That last play by the Dolphins should have been another long third down conversion.
They just missed it.