FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins, who has not played during the regular season, has been medically cleared and will play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, head coach Mike Smith said on Monday.
Jenkins suffered a shoulder injury on Aug. 6.
Harry Douglas and Eric Weems have started in Jenkins’ spot. Brian Finneran has also seen increased playing time.
Douglas has 11 catches for 147 yards and one touchdown. Finneran has seven catches for 67 yards and one touchdown. Weems, who started against Arizona, has four catches for 38 yards.
“I think it’s going to allow Matt (Ryan) and our offense to distribute the ball a little bit differently,” Smith said. “I think now when they try to take certain segments of our offense away, we’re going to have more options.”
Jenkins started nine games last season and played in 15. He had 50 catches for 635 yards and one touchdown.
“Michael has been chomping at the bit over the last three weeks,” Smith said. “He’s been out there practicing; he just hasn’t been cleared to play.”
In the offseason, the Falcons talked briefly about signing Terrell Owens, who landed with Cincinnati.
There have not been any talks about trying to acquire San Diego’s Vincent Jackson nor Randy Moss, who was recently traded to Minnesota.
The Falcons were just fine with letting Jenkins get healthy and letting Douglas, Weems and Finneran play.
“It helps our offense in general,” Smith said. “It helps our football team. Michael is a big receiver. He has a little different skill set than the receivers that have been playing.”
NO WEATHERSPOON UPDATE: Smith didn’t have an update on rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who suffered a left knee injury in the third quarter against the Browns.
“We are going to see how this thing calms down today and we’ll have our injury report on Wednesday,” Smith.
If Weatherspoon suffered a major injury, Smith would have announced it on Monday.