Duckett to replace Falcons' leading rusher
Dunn had to be carried off the field early in the fourth quarter of the Falcons' 38-31 loss to Tennessee on Sunday. Coach Dan Reeves said Monday that Dunn initially got hurt during his 162-yard rushing effort in a 23-20 overtime loss at New Orleans the previous week.
Atlanta (2-9) has lost two straight and nine of 10 games as it prepares to visit Houston (4-7) this Sunday. T.J. Duckett will replace Dunn as the starter.
Dunn has never been placed on injured reserve in his seven-year career. His injury is similar to what Atlanta linebacker Keith Brooking endured three years ago -- a ligament tear at the base of his toes. The team doesn't know whether Dunn, like Brooking, will need surgery.
Dunn, in the second season of a six-year, $28.5 million contract he signed after leaving Tampa Bay as a free agent, had 672 yards rushing, 336 yards receiving and scored five touchdowns in 11 games this year.
The Falcons are likely to re-sign fullback George Layne to fill Dunn's spot on the 53-man roster. They cut Layne, who spent two weeks on Carolina's practice squad, at the end of preseason three months ago.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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