Roddy White Active, Asante Samuel Inactive Against Saints

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (ankle) is active for today’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints. In what will be a big blow to the secondary, cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh) is inactive.

Also on the inactive list for the Falcons: guard Harland Gunn, safety Kemal Ishmael, defensive end Stansly Maponga, defensive tackle Travian Robertson, tackle Jeremy Trueblood, and running back Josh Vaughn.

Samuel being inactive means the Falcons will be starting two rookie cornerbacks in Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant when the defense is in nickel packages, which will be often against Drew Brees and the Saints passing attack. Robert McClain will get the start in Samuel’s spot.

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