TAMPA — Starting strongside linebacker Stephen Nicholas, who suffered a calf injury and was listed on the Friday injury report as questionable, has been declared inactive for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Nicholas had played in the last 58-straight regular-season games. He was last inactive against San Francisco on Nov. 4, 2007, during his rookie season.
Mike Peterson, who started at weakside linebacker in 29 of 32 games over the last two seasons, will take over for Nicholas. Peterson played on special teams in the first two games of the season.
Also, the Falcons will also be with cornerback Kelvin Hayden, who suffered a hamstring injury against Philadelphia. Other inactives include: cornerback Darrin Walls, center Brett Romberg, guard Mike Johnson, defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and defensvie end Cliff Matthews.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog