FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons center Mike Person, who left Sunday's win over Washington with a sprained ankle, is expected to miss Thursday night's game at New Orleans.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn says ''it'd be tough'' for Person to return from the injury in a short practice week.

James Stone, who took over at center against Washington, is expected to start against the Saints. Gino Gradkowski will be Stone's backup.

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Quinn said Monday he thinks wide receiver Julio Jones and linebacker Justin Durant will play against the Saints. Jones played through a hamstring injury in the 25-19 overtime win over the Redskins. Durant missed the game with an elbow injury.

Person, Durant and Jones did not participate in Monday's practice.

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