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Falcons scratch CB Samuel, Saints deactivate OLB Wilson and WR Meachem

The Falcons have scratched starting cornerback Asante Samuel for Sunday's season opener against the New Orleans Saints.

Samuel had been listed as questionable with a right thigh injury. He's been replaced in the starting lineup by Robert McClain.

Meanwhile, the Saints deactivate newly re-acquired receiver Robert Meachem and outside linebacker Martez Wilson. Wilson did not play during the preseason because of a dislocated left elbow, but had been practicing with a brace for a couple of weeks and was listed as probable this week.

Healthy scratches by New Orleans include receiver Andy Tanner and running back Khiry Robinson. Safety Isa Abdul-Quddus and rookie defensive end Glenn Foster are out with ankle injuries.

Atlanta's healthy scratches include newly acquired offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood and reserve right guard Harland Gunn.

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