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FALCONS STAR RECEIVER WILL SIT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Falcons receiver Roddy White will miss the first game of his nine-year career Sunday, against the Bucs.

White, who had appeared in 133 straight games, played the first five of this year with a right ankle injury, catching only 14 passes for 129 yards. He hurt his left hamstring Oct. 7 against the Jets and hasn't practiced since.

Atlanta already is without leading receiver Julio Jones due to season-ending foot surgery. Harry Douglas moves into the No. 1 spot. The other starter has not been determined.

"We are all different guys and lead in different ways," said Douglas, who has 16 catches for 219 yards. "My role may increase a lot more, but I have to be Harry Douglas."

GRONKOWSKI CLEARED: Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski moved closer to making his season debut when doctors cleared him to play, his agent said. Gronkowski had offseason surgeries on his back and left forearm and has been limited at practice all season. He's listed as questionable.

BROWNS: Running back Willis McGahee practiced a day after sitting out with an injury the team did not disclose. But multiple media outlets reported he was only resting a sore knee and is expected to play Sunday.

COWBOYS: Defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who has played in 134 straight games, said he hopes to play Sunday despite not practicing this week because of a strained right quad.

JETS: Cornerback Dee Milliner will return after missing three games with a hamstring injury.

RAVENS: Starting linebacker Josh Bynes will sit out Sunday after having surgery on an infected finger.

STEELERS: Starting linebacker Jarvis Jones, who sustained a concussion Sunday, said his headaches have dissipated. But he has not passed the mandated league tests and is questionable for this week.

VIKINGS: Starting safety Harrison Smith went on injured reserve with turf toe on his left foot. He can return in Week 15.

TAYLOR CASE: A jury was selected for the first-degree murder trial of Eric Rivera Jr., accused of pulling the trigger in the 2007 death of Redskins and former University of Miami safety Sean Taylor. Opening statements are to begin Monday.

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