Bradley Handwerger / Sports Reporter
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NEW ORLEANS Saints linebacker David Hawthorne will be active today against the Falcons, the first time since injuring his hamstring in the Sept. 23 home game against Kansas City.

Scott Shanle, meanwhile, is a healthy inactive. The Saints made a similar move against Denver when they expected a heavy dose of a passing attack. Atlanta's offense is ranked No. 8 in the NFL in the pass.

Additionally, Sunday's healthy scratches are cornerback Elbert Mack and defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker.

New Orleans (3-5) previously had deemed out receiver Courtney Roby (left shoulder), running back Darren Sproles (left hand), right tackle Zach Strief (left groin) and defensive end Junior Galette (left ankle).

Offensive lineman Bryce Harris will be active for the first time all season.

For Atlanta (8-0), quarterback Dominique Davis, receiver Kevin Cone, safety Charles Mitchell, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, guard Phillip Manley, tackle Lamar Holmes and defensive tackle Travian Robertson are inactive.

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