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Patriots will be without DE Seymour against Atlanta

The New England Patriots will be
without three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour for
Sunday's game in Atlanta, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported.

Seymour didn't practice all week because of a left knee injury. He was listed as
questionable on Friday's injury report.

Still reeling from a 41-17 home loss to the San Diego Chargers
last Sunday, the Patriots (2-2) now will face the Falcons'
top-ranked rushing offense without Seymour.

Seymour appeared to be hurt while playing goal-line fullback
against the Chargers. He was the lead blocker on Corey Dillon's
1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Dillon landed on top
of him in the end zone.

The Patriots' medical staff attended to Seymour on the sideline.
He missed the next defensive series before returning to the game.

Coach Bill Belichick said there likely would be some "game-time
decisions" on the team's injured players.

Two weeks ago in Pittsburgh, safety Rodney Harrison suffered a
season-ending knee injury. Left tackle Matt Light is lost
indefinitely with an injured ankle, and third-down running back
Kevin Faulk is out with an injured foot. Cornerbacks Tyrone Poole
and Randall Gay both have been sidelined with ankle injuries with
Poole missing the last three games and Gay missing the last two.

Poole also is listed as out for Sunday's game, Paolantonio reported.

The rash of injuries follows the offseason losses of inside
linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Ted Johnson, plus the free-agent
departure of cornerback Ty Law. Bruschi has said he will sit out
the season while recovering from a stroke he suffered in February.
Johnson retired on the eve of training camp, citing the cumulative
effect of a series of concussions.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.