FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons (2-2) will be without center Todd McClure and defensive end John Abraham and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux are questionable for the game against the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers (4-0) at 8:20 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
McClure was declared “out” on the team’s injury report submitted to the league on Friday. Abraham suffered a hip injury and Babineaux, who is recovering from a partially torn MCL in his left knee, were limited in practice.
McClure, who had knee surgery on Aug. 29, had his franchise-record streak of 144 consecutive starts snapped when he didn’t play against Chicago in the season-opener. He started in the third game of the season against Tampa Bay and last week against Seattle, but aggravated the knee and had to give way to second-year man Joe Hawley.
Hawley was solid in his two starts against Chicago and Philadelphia. Also, center-guard Brett Romberg, who played against Philadelphia, is available. He’s been inactive for the last two games.
McClure and defensive end Cliff Matthews (knee) did not practice.
The Falcons’ pass rush will be hurt if Abraham and Babineaux don’t play. Abraham leads the team with two sacks. The defense has not registered a sack in the three games that Babineaux has missed.
The other players listed on the injury report were full participants in practice and are listed as “probable.” That group includes: Wide receiver Roddy White (thigh), tight end Michael Palmer (ankle), safety William Moore (neck), cornerback Christopher Owens (ankle), linebacker Stephen Nicholas (calf) and running back Jason Snelling (concussion).
GREEN BAY’S INJURY REPORT
With right tackl Bryan Bulaga out with a knee injury, Marshall Newhouse will start at right tackle for the Packers. The Falcons should have an advantage with Ray Edwards, Kroy Biermann or Lawrence Sidbury on Newhouse. With Abraham questionable, Sidbury has to be view as the No. 3 end.
Also, linebacker Clay Matthews has not practiced all week with a quadriceps injury, but is expected to play. Right tackle Tyson Clabo should have the advantage.
Bryan Bulaga, T Knee Did Not Participate — Out
Chad Clifton, T Knee Did Not Participate — Probable
Nick Collins, S Neck – Out
Donald Driver, WR Shin Limited Participation — Probable
Ryan Grant, RB Kidney Full Participation — Probable
Brad Jones, LB Hamstring Did Not Participate — Questionable
Jamari Lattimore, LB Shoulder Limited Participation — Probable
Pat Lee, CB Back Limited Limited Participation — Probable
Clay Matthews, LB Quadricep Did Not Participate — Probable
Mike Neal, DE Knee – Out
Andrew Quarless, TE Knee Did Not Participate — Doubtful
Ryan Taylor, TE Shoulder Full Participation — Probable
Tramon Williams, CB Shoulder Limited Participation — Probable
Charles Woodson, CB Foot / Knee Limited Participation — Probable
Frank Zombo, LB Shoulder Limited Participation — Out
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog