OTAs: Brent Grimes suffers hamstring injury

Thomas DeCoud congratulates Brent Grimes, who led the team with six interceptions. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Thomas DeCoud congratulates Brent Grimes, who led the team with six interceptions. (Kathy Willens/AP)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Cornerback Brent Grimes, who started eight games last season and led the Falcons with six interceptions, suffered an injured hamstring and did not participate in organized team activities on Wednesday.

Grimes is expected to be in the mix for the open starting cornerback spot. He’ll have to beat out Brian Williams, Christopher Owens and Chevis Jackson for the starting spot.

“It’s going to be the most competitive s position group in terms of who’s going to be our starters,” Falcons coach Mik Smith said. “We brought in Dunta Robinson to play one of the corners. I think the other corner is going to be very interesting to see who wins that job.”

Grimes was in the top 25 players league-wide to receive additional salary as part of the league’s “Performance-Based Pay” program.

Grimes received an additional $282,484, which ranked 15th in the league.

Brian Williams had an impact in his first game. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

Brian Williams is rehabbing from knee surgery. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

Grimes had a bumpy start to last season. He struggled in the preseason at left cornerback and couldn’t hold down the position after the team acquired Williams.

He started off the season playing in nickel situations on the left side and Williams slid down inside. When Williams was lost for the season with a knee injury, Grimes returned to the starting lineup, but continued to struggle.

After Chris Houston, who’s since been traded, was out with a hamstring injury, Grimes’ career started to take traction on the right side. He appeared more comfortable on that side of the field.

Here are some of the other highlights:

  • The team focused on their passing attack, which ranked 14th (223.2 yards per game) in the league last season. The Falcons amassed 300 yards passing in two games last season.
  • The Falcons will make a move soon to resolve their kicking situation before training camp. They currently have three kickers on the 80-man roster in Garrett Lindholm, Steve Hauschka and Matt Bryant.
  • Tight end Tony Gonzalez and linebacker John Abraham were the only players not in attendance at Wednesday open OTA session.
  • Quarterback D.J. Shockley was putting in some extra work long after the practice ended.

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67 comments Add your comment

TeeJay

June 9th, 2010
5:52 pm

UNO! Get better Grimey!

Go Junior!

June 9th, 2010
6:18 pm

Wipe the grime off!

Dan-O

June 9th, 2010
6:23 pm

I like the little guy and hope he can get better soon. All those guys competing for the spot opposite Robinson really sounds good to me. Someone will step up their game, maybe more than one. The team defense will improve over last year, I have no doubt. I really look forward to the season. Get well, Brent!

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Greg

June 9th, 2010
6:55 pm

An exercise physiologist once told me that there is no good reason an athlete should ever pull a hamstring. If you’re properly warmed up, it just isn’t going to happen. Is this true? If so, why the heck do so many football players (and even more baseball players) pull them? Are they somehow not being coached up properly? Hammies are a real curse, too, as they can take forever to heal, and often players are induced to return a little early, and they get re-injured.

FalconsFan284

June 9th, 2010
7:48 pm

I think this opens the door for Owens to sieze control of the position.

D Hall

June 9th, 2010
7:54 pm

Grimey will be fine, he has assured me of that.

hiramsaint

June 9th, 2010
7:57 pm

owens ???? 284, i had respect for you untill that stupid post

Terrance X

June 9th, 2010
8:11 pm

i don’t recall ever seeing Lester Hayes pull a hamstring

Unca' Bob

June 9th, 2010
8:23 pm

hiram,

Please don’t sell C Owens short. I feel he is a talent in the making, also.

Stirg d'Nahsif

June 9th, 2010
8:31 pm

I like Owens, too. A tandem of Owens and Robinson (with the three-headed monster of DeCoud, Moore and Coleman) will be the best defensive backfield in the NFC. Owens will hold his own.

dooley

June 9th, 2010
8:33 pm

until you pull ur hammy, u don’t believe it can happen. it happened to me at Albany State, and i will never say never again

hiramsaint

June 9th, 2010
8:44 pm

my bad and my apologies. for some reason i had t.o. on the brain , thats why i posted

Unca' Bob

June 9th, 2010
8:59 pm

Stirg,

What’s up my rust belt friend? I read the reports of your heading to Dixieville. I think you will enjoy your stay, and if you don’t, please don’t ask me for your money back.

Unca' Bob

June 9th, 2010
9:03 pm

hiram,

It’s all good. Can’t remember the last error I made(lol).

hiramsaint

June 9th, 2010
9:09 pm

whats up unca’ bob- iknow- a ckickens butt when it eats –lol

whodatworldchamps

June 9th, 2010
9:11 pm

Say pidgeons we get our rings in a couple of weeks, have y’all ever experienced dat moment…lol

whodatworldchamps

June 9th, 2010
9:14 pm

O my bad,I forgot the only thing y’all did is get embarassed in superbowl!!!

Unca' Bob

June 9th, 2010
9:17 pm

hiram,

You need to have a word with wwc. I thought real fans say two dat.

hiramsaint

June 9th, 2010
9:22 pm

where’yat twodat

FalconsFan284

June 9th, 2010
9:30 pm

HerpieSaint—-Yeah Chris Owens who started the last four games of the season and was really developing. I still like Grimes a bit more but when it’s this close you have to look at little advantages like this. You like Grimes because of that spectacular pick he had on Drew.

Unca' Bob

June 9th, 2010
9:33 pm

hiram,

Give ‘em hell. I’m too little. Welcome aboard, at the end of the day, I feel you will fit in very well.

FalconsFan284

June 9th, 2010
9:33 pm

Whodat—-Did you know the Falcons have knocked the Saints out of the playoffs more then any team in the NFC?

hiramsaint

June 9th, 2010
9:42 pm

284 does it really matter after feb.7? unca’bob , thanks. i’ve been trollin’ here over a yearnow. ya meet some nice ones like and other not so nice but it keeps the blood pumpin’ in the off season

hiramsaint

June 9th, 2010
9:44 pm

284- where did grimes get those jumpy shoes on that pick? he must have had flubber inserts to get that high!

FalconsFan284

June 9th, 2010
9:45 pm

Hiram—-You’ll see when the Falcons beat the Saint with a healthy team this year.

FalconsFan284

June 9th, 2010
9:46 pm

Hiram—-It doesn’t matter if he had flubber or not. You have to admit it was one hell of a pick!

hiramsaint

June 9th, 2010
9:51 pm

thats what i’m sayin’284, it was a great pick but come this season we gotta sweep y’all up again dirty birdz

FalconsFan284

June 9th, 2010
10:01 pm

Hiram—The teams will split the series but I don’t like your chances in the playoffs.

Ezcofalconfan

June 9th, 2010
10:06 pm

The saints could barely beat the falcons 2nd an third string, big deal. Saints beat the colts I’ll give em that but the refs beat the Vikings in the NFC championship game.

Scott Anderson

June 9th, 2010
10:11 pm

Hamstrings are very painfull and take a long time to heal .

I think Grimes will compete strong for the starting job.

Rest , whirlpool, message.

Thats good duty when you can get it in Pro Football.

Cant wait for the season to start.

Unca' Bob

June 9th, 2010
10:14 pm

hiram,

Enjoy your evening.

hiramsaint

June 9th, 2010
10:18 pm

adios unca’bob

hiramsaint

June 9th, 2010
10:23 pm

284 you don’t like our chances in the playoffs ’cause you’re a falcon fan and you know we’ll go far ? ezco– did it ever occur to you that the saints showed only the little bit they neede to, to win the game . knowing we had the south locked up by then, why give the real teams game film of us.

FalconsFan284

June 9th, 2010
11:23 pm

Actually I don’t like your chances because your defense isn’t good at stopping the run or pressuring the quarterback. Plus I just don’t believe everything will go your way like it did last year. The only way I see you guys getting out of the first round is if you play whomever comes out of the West. I don’t think you guys can beat, Dallas(God that hurts), Philly, Giants, Minnesota or Atlanta in the playoffs. Each one of those teams have improved over the offseason, as long as Favre comes back, while the Saints have taken a step back. Charles Grant and Scott Fujita played great last season and had a lot of big plays but who did you get to replace them? Alex Brown, he who got ran over all season with the Bears and wasn’t good enough for them to even try to resign? I mean he’s steady but not spectacular. You do understand that you don’t get better by replacing starters with backups; as in the case of Fujita?

robertussen

June 9th, 2010
11:25 pm

if you think the aints will repeat then youve been drinking too much oil in your water…….too soon huh

robertussen

June 9th, 2010
11:25 pm

plus your city smells like pee

robertussen

June 9th, 2010
11:29 pm

two dat screw dat

Ezcofalconfan

June 10th, 2010
12:19 am

Saintsfsn did it ever occour to you that the only reason yall won so many games was becaus yall had this easiest schedule inthe NFL last year where the falcons got an early by week an play everything team after theirs for almost the rest of the season…an this year yall got the easiest schedule in the south an we have the hardest…

Davide

June 10th, 2010
2:52 am

Get well Brent!
Hi from Italy, maybe a stupid question…
How many weeks do you need to recover from this kind of injury(more or less)?
Thanks everybody!!!

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MCook

June 10th, 2010
7:07 am

Puled a hammy one year warming up before a game. Took FOREVER to heal. Ya gotta just leave it alone. Like Scott A. said, rest, massage, whirlpool…. Grimes will be fine. Go Falcons!!

New guy

June 10th, 2010
7:37 am

I like Grimey in the Nickel this year if Williams comes back healthy. Hope he gets better soon!

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eyesripdopen85

June 10th, 2010
10:38 am

Grimes will be fine. probly rest until training camp and then slowly put him back out there to take over the CB spot. I think its a no brainer personally grimes did the best and shows the most promise. the job is his. Get WELL Grimes GO FALCONS

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

June 10th, 2010
10:49 am

Imagine if Jamal (spelling) Anderson had the heart of Bret Grimes. He would be the league leader in sacks.

I love this little guy, he has a giant heart and an unstoppable motor.

Go Falcons!!!

truth

June 10th, 2010
10:54 am

He guys looks like we have a couple on board……unca’boob and herpiesaint. Hey Herpie…are you over the butt whoop’n 284 gave you on the Ryan 1st pitch blog. :)

Hammy Love

June 10th, 2010
11:30 am

Mild to moderate hamstring injuries take 6-8 weeks.

R.I.C.E. and no broad jumping over Volkswagens.

whodatworldchamps

June 10th, 2010
12:28 pm

Ezcopidgeon fan, we played the same teams y’all played( the patriots, giants, philly, jets, cowboys) it ain’t our fault y’all couldn’t win those games so stop crying and get y’all game up…TWO DAT YA HEARD ME!!!! Until y’all get a ring and get on our level then you open your mouth. I’m looking at all the teams that won a superbowl, I don’t see da pidgeons nowhere on the list, o there y’all go in the lost column

whodatworldchamps

June 10th, 2010
12:33 pm

TWO DAT!! I can’t wait until we come the season start so we can sweep y’all again like we did last year especially the Monday nite game we have up there december 27. We like to shine on prime time and we also like bird food, lol