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Falcons without CB Sheffield, DE Harris for Seahawks opener

September 11, 2020 GMT
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2020, file photo, Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley, right, gets five from wide receiver Calvin Ridley after making a reception during NFL football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. Gurley believes he and his new team are a perfect match as he seeks to rejuvenate a career affected by knee injuries. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2020, file photo, Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley, right, gets five from wide receiver Calvin Ridley after making a reception during NFL football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. Gurley believes he and his new team are a perfect match as he seeks to rejuvenate a career affected by knee injuries. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2020, file photo, Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley, right, gets five from wide receiver Calvin Ridley after making a reception during NFL football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. Gurley believes he and his new team are a perfect match as he seeks to rejuvenate a career affected by knee injuries. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will be without cornerback Kendall Sheffield and defensive end Charles Harris for Sunday’s season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

Sheffield (foot) and Harris (ankle) were ruled out Friday after missing practice all week. Rookie defensive tackle Marlon Davidson (knee) was listed as questionable.

Sheffield, coming off a solid rookie season in which he made 11 starts, is a key member of the youthful cornerback rotation behind starters Isaiah Oliver and first-round pick A.J. Terrell. The absence of Sheffield means more playing time for Darqueze Dennard and Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

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Harris was listed as a third-string end behind Takk McKinley and Allen Bailey,

Davidson, a second-round pick out of Auburn, was limited in practice Friday. If he can play, he’ll be part of an interior line rotation behind starters Grady Jarrett and Tyeler Davison.

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