FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Falcons fans may have an especially hard time figuring out who's playing linebacker Monday night when Atlanta hosts the New York Jets.
Opening day starting linebackers Kroy Biermann, Akeem Dent and Sean Weatherspoon will not play. Biermann (torn Achilles tendon) is out for the season.
Who will man the spots is a bit of a mystery.
Undrafted rookie Joplo Bartu is expected to make his third pro start. Omar Gaither appears likely to fill in for Dent (foot) in the middle just three weeks after signing with Atlanta. The other outside spot could come down to how sound undrafted rookie Paul Worrilow's left knee is.
Falcons coach Mike Smith said Friday that coaches have been "burning the midnight oil" trying to bring newcomers Gaither and Jamar Chaney up to speed.