WR Michael Jenkins returns to practice

Falcons receiver Michael Jenkins after practice on Saturday. He was explaining to the media why the defense appears to be ahead of the offense. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons receiver Michael Jenkins after practice on Saturday. He was explaining to the media why the defense appears to be ahead of the offense. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins, who missed the first two games with a shoulder injury, returned to practice on Wednesday.

Wide receivers Eric Weems and Harry Douglas have started in Jenkins’ spot. Douglas started against Pittsburgh and Weems made his first career start against Arizona.

Jenkins injured his shoulder in the team’s scrimmage at North Gwinnett High School on Aug. 6.

With Jenkins out of the lineup, Roddy White has gotten off to a fast start this season. He’s tied for the league lead with 20 receptions.

White believes that teams are going to start rolling coverage his way, which should open up things for other receivers.

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.

Michael Jenkins scoring against Texas. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Michael Jenkins scoring against Texas. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The team would did not reveal if he suffered a separated shoulder or if it was dislocated.

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47 comments Add your comment

Hawk n the Ham

September 22nd, 2010
3:16 pm

Good news! It’s time to beat the ‘aints!

33TheBurner33

September 22nd, 2010
3:17 pm

thats good news

Bubba Bean

September 22nd, 2010
3:19 pm

Welcome back! D-Led, Will he play Sunday?

chc4

September 22nd, 2010
3:27 pm

Certainyl can’t hurt but Jenkins isn’t a difference maker.

SirReal

September 22nd, 2010
3:28 pm

Doesn’t look like he’ll play sunday either…but I think we can win with what we have. The 49ers showed us how vunerable these saints are…they are much better than anytime I’ve ever seen since the Payton era came in…but they’re still the saints and can be defeated and will be.

ATL krusher

September 22nd, 2010
3:44 pm

Just another weapon to beat the saints with this weekend.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

September 22nd, 2010
3:46 pm

This is certainly GREAT NEWS!!! Hopefully Jenkins will be able to play on Sunday but if not, I agree with SirReal…….the 49ers showed that the Saints can be beat. If the Falcons can keep the turnovers to a minimum they’ll win the game

GO FALCONS!!!!!

Whodat champs

September 22nd, 2010
3:56 pm

From the VIKQUEENS to the WHINERS now we’re ready for some BIRD STEW!!!!

Still Need to Upgrade WR

September 22nd, 2010
4:04 pm

DOL: So what is Turner’s status?

Joe Tess Fish House

September 22nd, 2010
4:09 pm

And if they had signed TO, this would not be an issue. Injury prone Jenkins…….If TO were here, they would of have beatin the Stealers.

nathan

September 22nd, 2010
4:21 pm

how can you give a report on the falcons practice today without mentioning whether Turner practiced???? full, limited, or non-participant. It’s nice to see Snelling get honored and Jenkins is back but that all plays second fiddle to whether our starting running back is back. Come On Man..you are better than this.

tjhook

September 22nd, 2010
4:21 pm

Jenkins will get chances to make plays. Will he play up to his ability?! I hope so because I want to celebrate and talk smack to people who don’t believe in the Falcons.

Section242

September 22nd, 2010
4:26 pm

Injury Report:
RB Michael Turner (groin) LP

suwaneefalcon

September 22nd, 2010
4:31 pm

Joe Tess, there is no silver lining when it comes to a cancer and that is what TO is in a locker room. Has he made that much difference to the Bengals so far?

Still Need to Upgrade WR

September 22nd, 2010
4:50 pm

Section 242: Thanks for the update: DOL – not cool. Hopefully, MT will be OK and we will have a true 2-headed monster.

By the way, I still think we need to upgrade WR. I hope HD keeps improving. He is the main hope – not MJ.

PMC

September 22nd, 2010
4:51 pm

Jenks just needs to get back to catching TD’s. Cut down on the drops.

If he can finish with 55 catches that would be excellent. He’s just got to make the most of his opportunities.

Sid

September 22nd, 2010
5:03 pm

I hope Jenkins plays, he brought it in both games against the Bayou sack heads last year. I feel good about this game. Deep down I was guessing these two teams would win on their home turf splitting the season but with Bush out and Jenkins back I like our chances to take both home and away.

Paper or plastic sack heads, we are nuts over your women http://tinyurl.com/2bsh9p2

Sack heads talkin some kinda smack
Falcons gonna beat them with a ground attack
Brew Wheeze will be taken down
gonna get hurt when he hits the ground
Bush got his leg broke it’s just the beginning
Aint’s fans heads are gonna be spinning
talk all you want but that was last year
we are flyin’ at you like a bombardier
After we embarrass you with a shot to the solar plexus
So sorry we won’t see you in Arlington, Texas

Have a Nice Day!

alanfalcon

September 22nd, 2010
5:05 pm

We need him to come in and play for the team as he was drafted and paid to do.

Still Need to Upgrade WR

September 22nd, 2010
5:05 pm

Sorry PMC. When did “Jenks” ever catch TD’s and what would make you think he would cut down on his drops? He has had years to do this and it has never happened. Why now?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 22nd, 2010
5:22 pm

chc4 — He was running with the scout team. Looks like he’s a few weeks away, still. He ran some routes and look OK. He caught some balls late last week.

ReddJonn68

September 22nd, 2010
5:22 pm

Well I had said we needed to address the WRs corp & RBs corp this off season due to the fact we were not getting any reliable production from Norwood & Jenkins, plus their health issues. I pray that when this guy returns, he doesn’t go down cause Dimitroff will look an idiot.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 22nd, 2010
5:23 pm

Still — Turner looked good in practice today. Snelling and Antone Smith took most of the reps as he was limited. It was really hot at practice today.

Birds on the Brain

September 22nd, 2010
5:39 pm

Any updates on whether he can catch a football yet?

Chucktown

September 22nd, 2010
5:42 pm

You people kill me injury prone? Because someone get hurt playing a brutal game they become injury prone! I bet none of you who drop stupid statements like that, have NEVErrrr played football.Go Falcons, with fans like that YOU are going to need it

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 22nd, 2010
5:45 pm

Birds — Ummm, yeah. He caught the passes thrown his way the other day.

Chucktown — You tell them!

Paddy

September 22nd, 2010
5:48 pm

Joe Tess….you sir don’t tell the truth. You said 6 weeks ago you are finding a new team since the Falcons didn’t sign TO. But yet, here you are on a Falcons blog. If you had any credibility before, it is gone now. What a Maroon! By the way, what is your new team? Cincinnati is my guess! Doubt we hear from you again since the Falcons are not worthy of your time and support. yea, right! You can never embarrass a nerd!

we do right bayou

September 22nd, 2010
6:00 pm

Falcons will blast the Saints out of the water IN THEIR HOUSE, and when the bayou trolls vanish from the blogs, WHO DAT? will turn into WHERE DEY AT??

Sid

September 22nd, 2010
6:35 pm

Jerious Norwood………….Rushing Stats…………………….Long
2006 14 games…………..6.4 avg yards per attempt…….78 yards
2007 15 games…………..6.0 avg yards per attempt…….67 yards
2008 16 games…………..5.1 avg yards per attempt…….45 yards
2009 10 games…………..3.3 avg yards per attempt…….21 yards
2010 2 games……………4.0 avg yards per attempt……..6 yards

Anyone see a pattern here?

He has a total of 10 touchdowns with the Falcons, 7 rushing, 3 receiving, but ZERO rushing touchdowns since 08′ and only one receiving touchdown in 09′. I was surprised that Norwood has never scored a TD as a Falcon on a kick off or punt return………..

He is one helluva runner to watch in the open field, but I imagine his playing days with the Falcons may be done.

Sid

September 22nd, 2010
6:36 pm

a maroon……………..??

Sid

September 22nd, 2010
6:45 pm

REPOST

I looked at each team on the Falcons schedule to see what the opposition had the previous week they play the Falcons. Turns out 12 of the teams played their previous week on the road. They only face one team coming off of their bye week, the Bengals. We catch the Saints coming off of a road trip to SF for Monday Night Football. We catch Carolina coming off a road trip to Seattle. We play Green Bay the week after they play a huge away game against the Vikings. Also, Philadelphia plays us after a road trip to SF. And the Saints may well be pretty beat up for that MNF game after they tangle with the Ravens.

Falcons Vs——————————who opp. played the previous week
@ Steelers——————————–
Arizona ———————————–@ Rams
@ Saints———————————–@ 49ers (MNF)
San Francisco—————————–@ KC
@ Cleveland——————————-Bengals
@ Eagles————————————@ 49ers
Bengals—————————————Bye Week
Falcons Bye Week———————————
Tampa—————————————@ Cardinals
Baltimore————————————Miami
@ Rams————————————–@ 49ers
Packers ————————————–@ Minnesota
@ Tampa————————————-@ Baltimore
@ Carolina———————————–@ Seahawks
@ Seahawks ———————————@ 49ers
Saints (MNF)——————————-@ Ravens
Carolina—————————————@ Steelers

Birds on the Brain

September 22nd, 2010
7:00 pm

DOL: Jenkins dropped many a ball thrown to him last year, and likely at least one big drop per game. Get that guy some Stickem!

waynester

September 22nd, 2010
7:15 pm

sid
Interesting analysis from a fresh perspective–good ‘un!

Tom Pridemore was tuff

September 22nd, 2010
7:33 pm

good stuff sid…(I would have cheated off you in HS..) well done man…

GA ALL DA WAY

September 22nd, 2010
7:51 pm

DL what’s is up with your reporting? You write as if you don’t percieve that this game is winnable… You sound like Steve Wyche!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 22nd, 2010
8:05 pm

GA ALL DA WAY — What’s up with that? Steve is my man! D. Led’s no homer. I call it straight down the middle. Objective. Saints have won 7 of last 8 games. The Saints are 3 1/2 point favorites.
http://www.gambling911.com/football-news/atlanta-falcons-vs-new-orleans-saints-betting-odds-092210.html

Col. Charles Young

September 22nd, 2010
8:09 pm

Lots of bandwagon members here. Real men follow the team every Sunday.

FrontRow

September 22nd, 2010
8:25 pm

Nice post Sid. That is a far cry from last year’s gauntlett.

Chucktown

September 22nd, 2010
9:09 pm

Enter your comments here

Chucktown

September 22nd, 2010
9:18 pm

Hey Sid how many players through the yearrrrs have scored a touchdown on a kickoff or a punt. I bet it’s not many.Oooh and lay off Jenkins I grew up a Falcons fan and I have seen many a drop pass from Jerry Rice when the 9ers used to stomp us a new one 2 times a year.If you are going to bitch about players do it the right way, get a clue and run with it.

Chucktown

September 22nd, 2010
9:21 pm

Hey D-Led give us the take on the new guy Johnson.Fast? Strong? Vision? Looks like a thumper?

Big Rod

September 23rd, 2010
11:01 am

Falcons 26 Aints 24

SeenThisB4

September 23rd, 2010
12:05 pm

Saints 34 – falcants 10

truth

September 23rd, 2010
12:45 pm

Falcons 147

aints 3

truth

September 23rd, 2010
12:47 pm

I’ll play your childish game to make you feel good Seen.

But it will truly be…..
Falcons 17
aints 14
hard fought game to the end.

Dean

September 23rd, 2010
6:28 pm

I’m pretty sure Finneran started game one if not the other or both Not Weems or Douglas

D. Orlando Ledbetter wrote:
“Wide receivers Eric Weems and Harry Douglas have started in Jenkins’ spot. Douglas started against Pittsburgh and Weems made his first career start against Arizona.”

Big Rod

September 23rd, 2010
6:30 pm

The Aints had a tough game and have a short week. Meanwhile, the Falcons had an easy game and a full week. We will get the upset as long as the refs don’t take it from us like they did the Vikings in the Championship game.

oldestfalconfan

September 24th, 2010
7:28 pm

this game has no place for droped passes or fumbles the falcons have got to play smart football. the coaches have got to stop being spectaters and coach a complete game.