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Atlanta Falcons Desmond Trufant has shoulder sprain, likely to miss preseason game against Titans
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) talks with teammate Jonathon Mincy during training camp Aug. 1 in Flowery Branch . - photo by David Goldman


Tennessee rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, the No. 2 draft pick overall, has been impressive in training camp, avoiding interceptions just as he did while starring at Oregon.

Mariota has thrown 186 passes without an interception in seven-on-seven and team drills at training camp. Of course, quarterbacks can’t be hit in camp. That changes Friday night.

Atlanta ranked last in the league in total defense in 2014. New coach Dan Quinn, the former Seattle defensive coordinator, was hired to rebuild the group. Quinn hopes his first draft pick, outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr., helps improve a dismal pass rush.

The Falcons are expected to be without their top two running backs. Devonta Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman are recovering from hamstring injuries, leaving Antone Smith, undrafted rookie Terron Ward and Jerome Smith atop the list of healthy options.

Associated Press

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant has a sprained shoulder and is expected to miss Friday night’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans.

Trufant missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday.

Coach Dan Quinn says he is “leaning” toward holding Trufant out of the game. Quinn says rookie Jalen Collins, a second-round pick from Louisiana State, and veteran Phillip Adams could see bigger roles.

Adams started four games for the Jets last season.

Trufant, a first-round pick in 2013, has started every game the last two seasons. He had three interceptions in 2014.

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