FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins is out for four to six weeks with a shoulder injury he suffered on Friday night during the team’s intrasquad scrimmage at North Gwinnett High School.
“You are always concerned anytime any of your players goes down with an injury,” said Falcons head coach Mike Smith. “One thing I am certain of is that Michael will work very hard with our athletic performance staff and our training staff to get back out on the field as soon as possible.”
Jenkins is entering his seventh season in the NFL. He was originally drafted by the Falcons as the second of two first round picks in 2004. The 6-4, 214 pound wide receiver has 54 career starts and has played in 92 games.
Jenkins did not practice with the team on Saturday, but said “I’m all right” when asked how the shoulder was feeling.
The team would did not reveal if he suffered a separated shoulder or if it was dislocated.
However, the team opens the regular season on Sept. 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s likely that the Falcons will have to get someone else ready to open the season opposite of two-time Pro Bowler Roddy White.
Harry Douglas, who is battling back from knee surgery, figures to have the best shot at the open starting spot. Last season, when Douglas went down early in training camp with a season-ending knee injury, the Falcons signed veteran wide receivers Robert Ferguson and Marty Booker.
Before the start of training camp, the Falcons “discussed” signing Terrell Owens, but decided it was not in their best interests. The former Pro Bowl receiver was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Here’s a look at the wide receivers the Falcons have in training camp.
Roddy White: His 11 touchdowns was tied for fourth in the NFL last season.
Harry Douglas: Was eased back into practice last week. As long as he doesn’t have any setbacks from his anterior cruciate ligament surgery, he figures to land the open starting position.
Kerry Meier: The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Meier had a school-record 226 career catches at Kansas. He has been impressive. Smith singled him out for praise after his film review of the intrasquad scrimmage.
Brian Finneran: Veteran route runner, who suffered back spasms early in camp.
Eric Weems: Is having a strong camp after making the team last season.
Ryan Wolfe: He’s the Mountain West Conference’s leader in career receptions with 283. He will be competing for the fourth or fifth spots.
Troy Bergeron: He bounced back and forth between the practice squad and the active roster last season. He’s battling a calf injury.
Tim Buckley: Has made some nice plays in practice.
Brandyn Harvey: The 6-foot-4 receiver caught 131 passes for 1,835 yards and 11 touchdowns at Villanova. He’s returned to action after missing two days with head aches.
Andy Strickland: Spent the last two weeks of the season on the practice squad. Starred at Wofford. Was in camp with Jacksonville last year.
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