FLOWERY BRANCH — Defensive end Jamaal Anderson (left knee) and cornerback Brent Grimes (groin) may not play against the New England Patriots at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Dome.
Both players will be game time decisions, according to coach Mike Smith.
Grimes did not practice against the Patriots on Tuesday. Anderson suffered a helmet hit to his left knee in Tuesday’s afternoon practice. He left and did not return. Both participated lightly in the team’s walk-through practice Wednesday morning.
“He left practice yesterday and he’s a little sore today,” said Smith of Anderson. “But everybody is a little sore at this time in camp. We’ll see where he is. There are a number of guys and we’ll make a decision a couple of hours before the game on whether if they are going to play or not.”
Chauncey Davis will likely get the bulk of Anderson’s snaps. Chevis Jackson and Dominique Franks will get Grimes’ snaps if he’s unable to play.
Last week, 11 players did not dress for the exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Potentially, we’ll have the same number of guys sitting out for week two that we had for week one,” Smith said.
Players not expected to play include safety William Moore (groin), cornerback Brian Williams (knee), cornerback Dunta Robinson (hamstring) and defensive tackle Peria Jerry (knee).
Wide receiver Harry Douglas is slated to play.
TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Thursday, August 19 — Preseason Week 2 vs. New England 8 p.m.
Friday, August 20 — No Practice.
Saturday, August 21 — 9:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. (closed to the public); 3:45 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).
Sunday, August 22 — 9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public)