Douglas, Jerry and Williams medically cleared for camp

Wide receiver Harry Douglas has been cleared to return to practice.  (Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

Wide receiver Harry Douglas has been cleared to return to practice. (Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

Wide receiver Harry Douglas, defensive tackle Peria Jerry and cornerback Brian Williams have all been medically cleared to participate in practice when training camp opens on Friday, Falcons head coach Mike Smith told the Atlanta Journal-constitution on Tuesday.

“They will start on a limited basis and we’re going to monitor them and manage them throughout training camp,” Smith said. “They will not be involved, to start with, in two-a-days. They will be practicing once a day and we’ll bring them along very, very slowly.”

All three players suffered season-ending knee injuries last season.

Douglas suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Aug. 5 and was placed on injured reserve the next day.

Douglas is expected to add some pop to the receiving corps if he can fully recover.

In 2008 as a rookie, he played in all 16 games and caught 23 passes for 320 yards, rushed 12 times for 33 yards — mostly on reverses — and averaged 11.9 yards per punt return. He scored one touchdown receiving, one rushing and one on a punt return as a triple-threat.

Jerry, the team’s first round pick in 2009, suffered a knee injury in the second game of the season against Carolina on Sept. 20. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 21.

He’s expected to add some inside muscle and stability to the defensive line if he can fully recover.

Williams was added to the team at the outset of last season. A few days later, he opened the season as the starting left cornerback and moved down inside to the slot in nickel situations.

He suffered a knee injury in the fifth game of the season against Chicago on Oct. 18. He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 20.

He’s expected to contend for a starting spot if he can fully recover.

“Their workloads will increase depending on how they handle their recovery,” Smith said. “They have been working really, really hard this offseason. I’m excited that they have been cleared and are ready to go.”

If the players were not cleared for practice, they could have been placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and continued their rehabilitations.

“We’ll start them out at the beginning of the camp to see how their bodies handle the work load,” Smith said. “As long as they reach certain milestones, we will continue to ramp it up.”

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Oregon Falcon

July 27th, 2010
10:10 am

I will post here often throughout the season, if I fully recover from carpel tunnel.

Man we need these three guys, especially Jerry in my opinion. Does anyone really every fully recover from a knee injury?

Thanks for the update Mr. Ledbetter.

alanfalcon

July 27th, 2010
10:11 am

Is our DEVA 1st round linebacker on injured reserve or just taking his time to become part of the team or is he just interested in basking in the unsigned lime light. Maybe he is trying to pull a Dez Bryant and place himself above the team.

BringTOcampaign

July 27th, 2010
10:13 am

We need to get T.O. and put him at slot. Roddy Harry Finn and T domination. He was drama free last year and he’s always wanted to be here. Need to hurry before he’s gone. 1 year 3 million he’d do it.

Joe Tess Fish House

July 27th, 2010
10:23 am

Harry Douglas, although cleared to return to practice is still and injured player. Time for some insurance and sigh TO. Time to cut Finnerman AKA Skillet Hands. If the Falcons don’t sign TO, say goodbye to a trip to the Superbowl…..Heck, say good bye to a winning season.

I’ve said it here several times. If the Falcons don’t sign TO, I will never go to a game.

Nuff Said!

Joe Tess Fish House

July 27th, 2010
10:28 am

Oh, the pic for this article is hilarious. Jenkins looking all concerned and all….He’s was happy Douglas got hurt cuz that saved him his job last year. Not this year. Time for TO!

N

July 27th, 2010
10:29 am

Thanks for the only relevant post Oregon — I like it :)

Alan — quit whining. There’s only one 1st round draft choice that has been signed. There have been plenty of reports that all of the teams have been taking it slow, and there’s a huge fight given the labor uncertainty for next year. You can troll again when all the players drafted before him are signed, his spot is slotted but he hasn’t signed, and several people behind him have signed. Until that point in time, he’s not being a diva and he’s not expected to be signed. Once Bradford goes, it should go quickly. Nothing unusual, unexpected, or out of the ordinary on his front yet.

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by 1hunit, Myron Abernathy, Marcus Graham, Amanda Duncan, SCOUTING BUREAU and others. SCOUTING BUREAU said: RT @AJCFalcons: WR Harry Dougals, DT Peria Jerry and CB Brian Williams all medically cleared for training camp. http://bit.ly/bwUALs [...]

Hitman

July 27th, 2010
10:34 am

That’s great news, but what about William Moore? I heard he re-injured himself a few weeks back, what the the update on him?

Just sayin....

July 27th, 2010
10:35 am

I am affraid that these guys wont fully trust that knee this year, so we may not get much out of them anyway! I hope they can over come the fear and still play at a high level!

waynester

July 27th, 2010
10:38 am

DLed
Great news all around. Smith is taking the wise go-slow approach to bringing these guys back. As for W’spoon, “N” is right. Both sides in the massive money battle are entrenching themselves for a sad,long war in which the losers are us….

Hitman

July 27th, 2010
10:38 am

@ BringTOcampaign

@ Joe Tess Fish House

No thanks to T.O. guys. The last thing the Falcons need is another distraction.

Hitman

July 27th, 2010
10:40 am

@Just sayin….

Me too!

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

July 27th, 2010
10:41 am

Yes Sir!!!!

This is the best news of the week: CLEARED

Smith is smart to bring them along slowly. As a matter of fact, I would take it very slowly with the entire team. As we see…the whole “get the physical contact in early and often” is all hype. The new goals of training camp – with players being stronger, faster and larger – are to leave camp with no permanent leg injuries and to reinforce schemes on both sides of the ball. If/when injuries come, let them come on the playing field during regular season games. Let’s keep people healthy.

Players that I would monitor closely: Douglas, Williams, Turner, Ryan (of course), Jerry, White, Norwood and Abe.

P.S. I want to hear about William Moore during camp, so that we can know once and for all if he can stay healthy and contribute. If not, we all need to move on. Any injury from him at this point will be viewed with high skepticism.

FBD

GregKennesaw

July 27th, 2010
10:47 am

Won’t go to a game unless they sign T.O. ? Well they aren’t going to sign him, so I guess you can stay home and watch NBA reruns. No winning season with T.O. ? They just had back-to-back winning seasons without T.O. It would just be stupid to sign T.O. Heard he is going to the Bengals anyway, I guess they wanted a clown on the left and the right

JOEinPHX

July 27th, 2010
10:51 am

No TO = no Joe Tess Fish House at Falcon’s games?

Put me down for some of both.

Just sayin....

July 27th, 2010
10:52 am

T.O. caught 55 passes last year as the go to guy! Michael Jenkins caught 50 as basically the 3rd option. T.O. only had 200 more yards than Jenkins and 4 more TD’s! Tell me again why this makes since to get T.O.????

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Mark Bradley, Dave the Falconer, Abasi Phillips, Genee Dozier, D. Orlando Ledbetter and others. D. Orlando Ledbetter said: Douglas, Jerry and Williams medically cleared for camp http://bit.ly/9mPUct [...]

Chop Buster

July 27th, 2010
10:56 am

Let’s hope they all have an excellent camp with no additional injuries–that goes for the whole team as well.

Idiot Patrol

July 27th, 2010
10:57 am

JOEinPHX

July 27th, 2010
10:51 am
No TO = no Joe Tess Fish House at Falcon’s games?

Put me down for some of both.

Amen to that!

D3

July 27th, 2010
11:01 am

Great News — Couldn’t have been a better headline availabe unless couple with Weatherspoon signed. We’re not completely out of the clear just yet, but this is an excellent way to start Training Camp. After drafting Corey Peters at DT and Kerry Meier at WR, looks like we added depth to several tenuous areas.

We want and need Jerry, Douglas, and Williams, but they won’t feel pressured to hurry their recovery. All three areas (DT, WR, CB) look to be highly competitive and extremely deep. Jerry and Douglas are obvious locks to make the roster, but Williams may be in a fight after the drafting of Dominique Franks and signing of Dunta Robinson. Doubt we’ll carry 6 CBs.

Excellent Work DOL! — Keep it coming!

Blue Fender

July 27th, 2010
11:01 am

Why in the hell are we talking about TO again?

Nate-Falcon

July 27th, 2010
11:06 am

yall are retarded, we dont need T.O to have a winning season or try to contend our offense is fine Michael Turner will be healthy again and be like the 2008 version and our passing game fine with roddy white and tony gonzalaz and harry douglas and rookies ryan wolfe and kerry meier will pick up the game to produce. Our defense will be beast this year with Jerry, weatherspoon and Robinson on it.

Mack1124

July 27th, 2010
11:12 am

Can I say 16-0 BABY!!!!!!

Raybud

July 27th, 2010
11:14 am

@GregKennesaw….I was laughing with the clown on the left and right comment. But I wouldn’t mind T.O. coming to the Falcons. He is old and knows his time is almost up, so I honestly believe that he wants to go to a team that has a legitimate shot at going to the superbowl. I honestly think that we need someone to give Michael Jenkins a push at the No. 2 spot. Douglas is best fitted for the slot and is still recovering from his injury. If they Falcons don’t sign, will i lose sleep over it? No. Its just to bad that his ego outshines his talent at times.

SSAL0808

July 27th, 2010
11:17 am

Great news indeed. Good to see Brian Williams is cleared. I was at the game he got hurt. It happened right in front of me.

I love Harry Douglas and what he brings to our offense. After seeing that picture though, I couldn’t help but think if Jenkins was holding a cape Harry would be doing a hell of a James Brown impression.

Please no TO ever.

Whopper Dawg

July 27th, 2010
11:19 am

Thanks Ledbetter, some real news for a change, and good news to boot.

Joe Tess Fish House

July 27th, 2010
11:20 am

With TO here, the only distraction would be where to have the Superbowl parade!

Hamad Meander

July 27th, 2010
11:24 am

Please don’t use the word “pop” to describe what Harry Douglas could bring to the WR corps. Seriously, I am very nervous about Peria Jerry and his return. Why else would Dimitroff pick another DT with his second pick in the draft unless Jerry isn’t ready to go. I hope he is and that we will have a deep cast of DT to rotate in and get great push.

SirReal

July 27th, 2010
11:26 am

Thats very promising news. I honestly hope Douglas comes back to form and unseats Jenkins at the #2 spot by mid-season.

ryan

July 27th, 2010
11:28 am

how long before Jerry is hurt again i say 3 preseason games i just trust that Jerry can stay healthy and thats TD drafted Corey Petters .

Carson Palmer

July 27th, 2010
11:34 am

Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right,
Here I am…..

robertussen

July 27th, 2010
11:37 am

you t.o. whiners are a bunch a of tards. hes not, and let me stress this NOT, coming here. he is like cancer on a team and not as good as he used to be. let him go to the bengals and be with the rest of the trouble makers and trash talkers.

Sgt. Pepper

July 27th, 2010
11:38 am

Please, never start a headline with “Injured Falcon”.

BobDawg

July 27th, 2010
11:38 am

…’Oregon”- Yes you do fully recover from knee surgery now and it is a “trust” thing and these players will be better in the 2nd half of the season than the first as they fight the ‘muscle memory” syndrome and get their legs back to the intensity of the sport….

Falcon57

July 27th, 2010
11:47 am

What’s the purpose of these post saying “this post was mentioned here, there and everywhere”???? Who the heck cares, we’re reading it already!!!!??????

robertussen

July 27th, 2010
11:51 am

hamad meander, i think peters was signed for depth, we werent that deep at the position last year. remember 7th round pick vance walker getting a start. and babs with get suspended for sure too. he was high on a lot of teams radars also. i think td made the right pick.

Rise Up !

July 27th, 2010
11:52 am

GREAT News !

I am so ready for the football season to begin!!!

FalconsFan284

July 27th, 2010
11:52 am

@DLED—-Could you ask Smitty if he wants to run a more wide open attack on both sides of the ball? We they blitz more and use screens and draws?

Ken Strickland

July 27th, 2010
11:52 am

When Smitty was asked about the Falcons considering signing TO, he stated emphatically they had no interest in signing him. And despite Smitty’s response, we have these fans with some kind of MAN CRUSH on him continuing to cry and complain about our unwillingness to do so. Some are so delusional they’ve threatened to boycott all Falcon gms if he isn’t signed, as if anyone really cares.

robertussen

July 27th, 2010
11:54 am

carson plamer you just made me think of michael madson in reservoir dogs dancing and cutting that cops ear off. classic!

Hamp

July 27th, 2010
11:59 am

Good news get out the chicken bones, I meant prayers that they stay healthy. If so we will be a very dangerous ball club. It is truly good to be a falcon fan. After all the pain now comes the pleasure. Hot Dang!!

My best friend is a saints fan and I keep telling him we are gonna be on them like ants on a meat skin. We went to the monday night game in NO and we a going to the Dome game this year oh happy day!

Greg fro Marietta

July 27th, 2010
11:59 am

How have we let T.O. become such a distraction? Can you just imagine what a distraction he would become if the Falcons were stupid enough to sign him? The team doesn’t need that and that is precisely the reason that Tom D. & Smitty wouldn’t even consider signing him. Now that that is out of the way, I am really anxious to see what Jerry can do in the line and this new kid Peters from KY should be able to contribute this season also. A stronger D-line rush will help the entire defense and enable the Ends get more sacks as well as the pass coverage to improve. I am truly hoping that Douglas has recovered, he seems to be moving really well on some of the agility drills that I saw him doing. I also want to see what the kid from Kansas (Meir) can do. I’ve seen a lot of film on him and her’s got good hands and can move after the catch. I’m also anxious to see what this kid Franks from OK can do on kick returns. He looks like he could be a real burner if he gets a crease I just don’t know how durable he is but I guess time will tell. But most of all I am just happy to be talking FOOTBALL and the Falcons. Other sports are great but football is a game that get into your very soul, “Oh, how I love it so!” (Gen. George S. Patton).

NES

July 27th, 2010
12:02 pm

Here’s my input, sign T.O. for one year with an extra option year. The thinking here is T.O. even at 36 has better hands and runs better routes than Jenkins, can get Open and score! Wanna super bowl team, gotta take a chance! Trade Jenkins now before camp and sign T.O. so he gets the reps! T.o. hasn’t had a very accurate passer like Ryan to work with in three years. Forget J.Perry contributing until mid-year if he stays healthy, very hard for heavier line players to overcome knee injuries. Douglas will contribute sooner than later, he is very motivated to make the team. Glad Coach Smith using a common sense approach on injured players, should have did this last year with Ryan and Turner!

Falcon57

July 27th, 2010
12:02 pm

BobDawg, I agree completely with your statement. It does take extra time for them to get their confidence back in their rebuilt leg before they start really putting 100% effort into it. It probably will be around mid season before they start looking like they did before the injury. Jerry might be quicker to show improvement just due to the fact that he is actually still a rookie but will have two camps under his belt by the time the games get started. Hope all three hold up and play well!!!

RockyMtnFalcon

July 27th, 2010
12:03 pm

Nice. Slow and easy on the guys coming off I.R. Very smart. I can not wait!!! I feel like a 8 year old boy on December 23rd., with the last two days taking so darn long to get here! Mark my words, The Falcons will be hosting the NFC Championship game this season!

JimmyFalcon

July 27th, 2010
12:03 pm

Sometimes when I read this blog I wonder some people even watch football games. TO really??? How many rings does he have? Zero How many good teams has he been a part of? A couple and he has always been a distraction. He has been a cancer to every team he has been on with exception of Buffalo and that is because nobody or the media cares about Buffalo.

ryan

July 27th, 2010
12:32 pm

I have not heard that the Falcons are even interested in TO i have just heard two teams Cincinnati and now the Jets .

NoTO

July 27th, 2010
12:35 pm

The only kind of fan that would want TO here still wears a #7 jersey to the games.

[...] D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that Falcons head coach Mike Smith indicated that three players returning from season-ending knee injuries in 2009, are all medically cleared to practice once the Falcons begin training camp practices on Friday, July 30. Those three players are Harry Douglas, Peria Jerry, and Brian Williams. [...]

rekingball

July 27th, 2010
12:57 pm

How much would it cost in $ to sign T.O.?
Whatever the amount, I think it could be better spent by adding more strength to the OLine, DLine, or some other part of the team.
The Falcons don’t need him.