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Falcons’ White to miss game for 1st time

Sat., Oct. 19, 2013, midnight

Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White will miss the first game of his nine-year career on Sunday.

White, Atlanta’s career-leading receiver, played the first five games with a right ankle injury, catching only 14 passes for 129 yards. He hurt his left hamstring in a Week 5 loss to the New York Jets and hasn’t practiced since.

Atlanta (1-4) lost Pro Bowl wideout Julio Jones to season-ending foot surgery in the same game.

Running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) and left tackle Sam Baker (knee) will not play against Tampa Bay (0-5).

Suh’s fine confirmed

The NFL confirmed the $31,500 fine handed down to Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden on Sunday.

Since Detroit selected Suh with the No. 2 pick in 2010, he has been fined seven times for more than $200,000. The Associated Press reported the fine for this hit, for which he was not penalized in the game, on Wednesday.

Tennessee wide receiver Michael Preston, since cut by the Titans, was docked $7,875 for his forearm hit to the head of Seattle punt returner Golden Tate out of bounds.

‘Gronk’ cleared to play

Rob Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says the New England Patriots’ star tight end has been cleared by all his doctors to make his season debut Sunday against the New York Jets (3-3).

The two-time Pro Bowler missed the first six games after offseason surgery on his back and broken left forearm but participated in every practice since the season began.

Locker back to practice

Jake Locker has passed his practice test, doing what the Titans wanted all week, increasing his work each day.

Now the decision on who starts against San Francisco (4-2) on Sunday rests with coaches, trainers and the quarterback himself.

“We haven’t decided yet. We’re not really leaning any way,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said after Friday’s practice.

Locker sprained his right hip and knee Sept. 29 in a win over the Jets and has missed two games. The Titans have a bye next week, which would give Locker more time to be healthier for their next game Nov. 3 at St. Louis.

Ravens’ Bynes ruled out

Baltimore (3-3) linebacker Josh Bynes has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after having surgery on an infected finger.

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