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Falcons TE Tamme (shoulder) likely out for remainder of season

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons are likely to lose tight end Jacob Tamme to season-ending shoulder surgery, while the outlook for Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant and running back Tevin Coleman appears optimistic as they recover from their respective injuries.

Tamme is scheduled to get a second opinion Wednesday on the right shoulder he injured Oct. 30 against Green Bay. It's highly likely Tamme will then have surgery Thursday.

"We're bummed for him,'' Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. "It's a significant one. He's been trying like hell to rehab and just not coming through like he wanted.''

Quinn said that is not the case with Trufant, who suffered a shoulder/pectoral injury in a 43-28 win Nov. 3 at Tampa Bay. This week's bye gives Trufant extra time to recover before the Falcons play the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 27.

"He's definitely dealing with it," Quinn said of Trufant. "We're hopeful that he can practice some next week. And if he can, whether it's Arizona or whoever we play after Arizona, we've got to find out. He's doing good now. He's running and doing everything. So now we just have to see where he's at.''

Quinn insisted that Trufant will return at some point and the injury is not serious enough to be season-ending, even with the pectoral element factored in.

"You totally can [play with the injury],'' Quinn said. "It depends on the severity of what he has and how deep. ... If it was something really significant, then he would have had the procedures done."

"I'm trying to be mindful of him knowing that he's wanting to play. He's going to practice hopefully some the Arizona week. And then we'll determine, 'Does he look good enough to play, or do we wait another week?' And then we'll kind of go from there.''

Meanwhile, Quinn said he expects Coleman to be a full participant in practice after the bye coming off a hamstring strain. Coleman has missed the past three games because of the injury.

Punter Matt Bosher, who exited Sunday's 25-14 loss at Philadelphia with a hamstring strain, could be back for the Falcons' next game. The Falcons have no immediate plans to sign a punter. Kicker Matt Bryant handled the punting after Bosher left the Eagles' game, though wide receiver Mohamed Sanu volunteered to punt.

The loss of Tamme, who caught 22 passes for 2010 yards and three touchdowns through eight games, will mean an increased role for rookie Austin Hooper at tight end with a rotation that also will include Levine Toilolo and rookie Joshua Perkins.

Until Trufant returns, Jalen Collins will run with the starters at cornerback. Quinn said Collins played "solid'' against the Eagles in place of Trufant.