Rookie linemen sit for Falcons

Rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is expected to start and defensive tackle Corey Peters should get lots of playing time, but the rest of Atlanta’s rookie class won’t be a factor today.

Offensive linemen Mike Johnson and Joe Hawley and defensive back Dominique Franks are inactive for today’s game with the Steelers. It’s a bit of a surprise that both Johnson and Hawley aren’t on the active roster. The Falcons elected to go with just seven offensive linemen -- the five starters, along with Will Svitek and Rob Bruggeman.

The other inactives for the Falcons are receiver Michael Jenkins, running back Antone Smith, linebacker Spencer Adkins and offensive tackle Garrett Reynolds.