Falcons WR Michael Jenkins will play vs. Eagles

Michael Jenkins will play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Michael Jenkins will play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

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.

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Sid

October 11th, 2010
3:51 pm

Been waitin’ on this…………….!!! Welcome back MJ…………!!!

Poor McKay

October 11th, 2010
3:59 pm

Good, let’s see if that opens things up a little in the passing game. It would be great to see our top passing options (Roddy, Tony, Jenkins & Harry) healthy for 5-6 games. Too bad Jerious Plywood isn’t available.

iron head

October 11th, 2010
4:02 pm

bout Falcon time

chc4

October 11th, 2010
4:02 pm

Has Jenkins ever opened our offense up? He’s an average player that doesn’t us much that Finn does not.

Sid

October 11th, 2010
4:04 pm

Eagles:
Offense 7th in points, 8th in yards, 13th in passing, 10th in rushing
Defense 19th in points, 15th in yards, 8th in passing, 24th in rushing

Falcons
Offense 10th in points, 7th in yards, 16th in passing, 2nd in rushing
Defense 3rd in points, 11th in yards, 19th in passing, 8th in rushing

Falcons first in Time of Possesion………….!!!

Sid

October 11th, 2010
4:05 pm

I think the Eagles are going to get a healthy dose of ground game by the Falcons.

Authur Blank

October 11th, 2010
4:07 pm

Hey DLed, talk of the morning is that the Falcons could be the best team in the NFC, with that being said what do you think of our chances of landing a number one seed and a bye?

Whopper Dawg

October 11th, 2010
4:09 pm

Michael Jenkins, can’t quite place that name, Ledbetter can you help?

mountain_jim

October 11th, 2010
4:10 pm

I wanted to upgrade the #2 WR position as much as anyone, but’s it obvious the absense of Jenkins has hurt the offense. Finneran can’t get open most of the time, Jenkins can. HD will do better in the slot. Jenkins just needs to catch better than he has at times, and his blocking will help the run game. Glad he’s back!

mark

October 11th, 2010
4:15 pm

Getting Jenkins back I hope means we are in more spread formations to change things up on offense. Our goal line offense is getting predictiable, Jenkins hands can be questionable but he is a big guy that will deserve coverage and that should open up Gonzales and White. We can not go on the road and only score 13 offensive points and win many ball games. Next week we will need to score between 24 to 30 points as the Eagles will score at least 20 to 24 points. We should be able to do this if we convert Redzone opportunities to TDs. Yesterday’s game is even close if we convert the two field goals to touch downs.

MattyB

October 11th, 2010
4:16 pm

Any updates on ‘Spoon?

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Sid

October 11th, 2010
4:17 pm

Authur Blank

October 11th, 2010
4:07 pm
Hey DLed, talk of the morning is that the Falcons could be the best team in the NFC, with that being said what do you think of our chances of landing a number one seed and a bye?
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Hey D Led, let me answer this one……………!! Authur, I’m glad you asked that. Let’s just say I think it is a safe bet that it won’t be New Orleans.

Next question!!

Sid

October 11th, 2010
4:27 pm

Wow, I did not know that the Eagles were 0-2 at home this year. Guess that whoopin’ by McNabb had to sting.

seendisb4

October 11th, 2010
4:33 pm

It’s our time!!!!!!!!
Paper or plastic

sawthat1nce

October 11th, 2010
4:35 pm

GEAUX FALCONS!
OUR TIME!

BEVO

October 11th, 2010
4:37 pm

That Mark is a smart feller. Falcons would not be 4-1 without that guy’s opinion.

seendisb4

October 11th, 2010
4:38 pm

Here comes the onside kick y’all. Our time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

seendisb4

October 11th, 2010
4:40 pm

I banter on all the teams blogs. I have real wit.

Chuck

October 11th, 2010
4:44 pm

Atlanta’s offense is boring,boring,boring,boring and boring. I rather warch grass grow.

PlanB

October 11th, 2010
4:45 pm

hiram & seen – as Len said, “It’s never too early to panic”.

BEVO

October 11th, 2010
4:48 pm

Chuck, go drool over fantasy football with dots.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 11th, 2010
4:54 pm

Arthur — Remember what I call the “Wayne Fontes Rule.” The Lions would be 6-1 just about every year before they’d finish 8-8. Moral of the story: It’s a long season.

PlanB

October 11th, 2010
4:54 pm

Not sure why but I have a good feeling about MJ wanting to be a helpful part of this winning team.

Joe Horn

October 11th, 2010
5:00 pm

LOOKING GOOD FALCONS. KEEP THE GOOD TIMES ROLLING.

BirdDog

October 11th, 2010
5:01 pm

The Biermann delivers!!!

reckingball

October 11th, 2010
5:03 pm

Jenkins is not a bad 2nd reciever, in fact, he is a good 2nd reciever.
I think that he is going to make a significant contribution to the team’s success this year.

Gamer

October 11th, 2010
5:11 pm

Great to get Jenkins back…Watch the run open up for more easier five yards gains.

Jenkins presence makes a difference. Teams are not sure if Jenkins stays in to block or go out for intermediate passes.

Now the Philly’s game just gotten more intriguing with the edge favoring the Falcons.

SawThat1nce

October 11th, 2010
5:11 pm

Where are all of those saints fans? I could use a good laugh, right about now.
saints 3-2, 3rd in NFC South, more PA than PF, har-dee-harhar, thats pretty funny. I feel better now.

O. G. Falcon Fan

October 11th, 2010
5:12 pm

Yeah u definitly won’t see SEENThisb/4 or Hiramsaint on here much anymore. if they r lookin they will prob post under a different name now!!

SawThat1nce

October 11th, 2010
5:14 pm

If the Eagles #1 QB starts the game, I don’t think he will last very long, if he is as busted-up, as reported.

O. G. Falcon Fan

October 11th, 2010
5:15 pm

Not that i fear playing Vick but i hope he stays out for his own safty. Our D is putting devastating hits on the opposition. I would hate for the Falcons to hurt him worse. Rib injurys are painful.

O. G. Falcon Fan

October 11th, 2010
5:18 pm

I know my spelling is bad!!!

SawThat1nce

October 11th, 2010
5:18 pm

If Biermann keeps on making plays like that, he will be getting a beer endorsement contract, right quicklike.

SawThat1nce

October 11th, 2010
5:21 pm

I don’t see how the Eagles #1 QB could take the kind of punishment, that the Falcons can deal out.

William

October 11th, 2010
5:21 pm

Michael Jenkins was an excellent “number 2″ receiver in 2008. Best year of his career and he made a number of incredible plays with some outstanding individual efforts. Last year 2009 he did catch 50 balls but was less of a play-maker. He dropped an easy TD in a tough loss to the Giants.

If the Falcons are going to make a Superbowl run, they’ll need every player at their best. Here’s hoping Michael Jenkins surprises everybody and makes some of those huge plays like in ‘08!!!!!!!!!!!

Dumbo

October 11th, 2010
5:25 pm

seendisb4……who dat, who dat say them Ain’ts any good, who dat…who dat!!!!!!!!!!!!

O. G. Falcon Fan

October 11th, 2010
5:26 pm

Who r u calling the #1 QB in Philly??

SeenHimHateB4

October 11th, 2010
5:33 pm

GEUAX FALCONS!!!! THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE DIRTY BIRD!!! WE BACK!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 11th, 2010
5:35 pm

Can the Eagles block the Falcons defensive line?

O. G. Falcon Fan

October 11th, 2010
5:38 pm

D Led i hope someone is catching hell over our special teams

O. G. Falcon Fan

October 11th, 2010
5:40 pm

I mean every week we have a miscue. It will bite us eventually.

alanfalcon

October 11th, 2010
5:50 pm

I hope Jenkins return will give the opposition something to be concerned about because they have really had a negative effect on our passing game.

montana grizzlies rule

October 11th, 2010
5:55 pm

Way to go Kroy!!! Now let Shann play too coach.

SirReal

October 11th, 2010
5:57 pm

D Led,
Yes there will be plays when they can block the line, however I believe their starting LT is a bit dinged up and Abe is coming off a 2 sack performance…..Yes there will be plays when they can block the line, however once Babineaux is able to get that push up the middle on the lesser O-Lineman and cause QB #1 (Doesnt matter which one) to tell us how the grass tastes. We both know their line has been swiss cheese-esque so far…I think we have enough to at least cause disruption and make some plays. If we go in there focused….I really think this team could climb to 5-1 and assert itself not only atop the NFC south (I know we are there now but its still early) but in the top rungs of the NFC period. I like that we’ve been under the radar this year. Thats how any team should want it. Less distractions and more focus on the task at hand.

ymmotretsof

October 11th, 2010
6:00 pm

I think the Mike Smith plan is coming together. I do think they need a few more players in place. It’s good to hear that Mike Jenkins will be back I think he’s better than people give him credit for. Nobody catchs every ball thrown their way,not even Roddy White. My hope is that Dunta Robinson is just getting used to a new system and he’s a better cover guy than he’s looked in games. I’d like to see the line get better Mat needs more time to look the feild over to find he’s target.

BFALCON

October 11th, 2010
6:04 pm

Whoopie! I never missed him. If this guy does not come back and put up at least 40-50 catches and 5 scores, he is no help. Been impressed with William Moore and C.Peters. If the Falcons could get another reliable corner or pass rusher specialist, I see them going a long way.

falconfan 24-7

October 11th, 2010
6:06 pm

Welcome back MJ. Please catch the ball this year. Thanks.

DJ Sniper

October 11th, 2010
6:06 pm

This is great news. As down as I’ve been on Michael Jenkins this season, I do believe that him being back in the lineup will actually help this time around. If he’s able to come back and be productive, that will open up things for Roddy White, Harry Douglas, and Tony Gonzalez. Douglas in particular will benefit a lot by going back to the slot, which is where he will be a lot more effective.

As for the Eagles O-line, they have been patchwork all season, and LT Jason Peters is going for an MRI on his sprained knee today. It remains to be seen whether or not he will be available for Sunday.

F-Troop

October 11th, 2010
6:14 pm

MJ will definitely help. A big frame and a vet, he knows how to create space, even if he has to get a little offensive interference to do so. Last year’s New England game comes to mind where he had a TD called back for offensive pass interference. But at least he’s in the mix and not just running wing sprints for 60 min. Hope his shoulder holds up, cuz he’s gonna get tested.