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Devin Hester ruled out of Falcons' season opener

Aug 21, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester (17) returns a kick off during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 21, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester (17) returns a kick off during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Return specialist Devin Hester has been ruled out of the Atlanta Falcons' season opener Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hester had not practiced this week because of a toe injury. The team said Saturday he will not play.

Linebacker Brooks Reed will also miss the game as he recovers from groin surgery.

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