Ray Edwards had offseason knee surgery

110804 Flowery Branch - Atlanta Falcons defensive ends John Abraham and Ray Edwards watch a play from the sidelines during practice at training camp as Edwards gets some pointers from his new teammate in Flowery Branch on Thursday, August 4, 2011.     Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

110804 Flowery Branch - Atlanta Falcons defensive ends John Abraham and Ray Edwards watch a play from the sidelines during practice at training camp as Edwards gets some pointers from his new teammate in Flowery Branch on Thursday, August 4, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — Defensive end Ray Edwards, the Falcons’ prized free-agent signing this offseason, had  minor knee surgery during the lockout and will not play in the exhibition season opener on Friday, head coach Mike Smith informed the media after Wednesday’s morning practice.

Edwards was in the locker room by the time the media found about his surgery. So it is not known at this time when the surgery occurred.

Smith did term the surgery as  a “minor procedure.”

Edwards has not participated in any contact drills.

“So far, he’s hasn’t done any hitting at all,” defensive line coach Ray Hamilton said. “He’s working with us during the individual period. He’s looking pretty good. He’s look lean, tough, athletic. The next step is to get him into some action.”

Edwards was signed to a five-year contract worth $30 million that included $11 million in guarantees.

He described himself as “the missing piece” to the Falcons defense after signing with the club.

Also guard Mike Johnson, who has been out with a concussion, will not play against the Dolphins.

Running back Michael Turner returned to the team and is set to practice this afternoon. Smith said that Turner will play against Miami. He missed the last two days of practice to tend to a personal matter.

Edwards joins Turner (groin), wide receiver Eric Weems (knee) and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder) on the list of players who had offseason surgery during the lockout that have been announced since the start of training camp.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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81 comments Add your comment

60 baby

August 10th, 2011
12:02 pm

60 baby

August 10th, 2011
12:06 pm

but om a serious note D.O.B have you heard anything on micheal jenkins getting signed sumwere else???? im pretty sure we could get him back for the veterans minimum + hometown discount, i do trust our recievers talent-wise but they all have had serious injuries…

julio jones-broken foot and kerrymier and hd have had acl injuries

waynester

August 10th, 2011
12:10 pm

60baby
Jenkins got signed almost immediately upon his release by MINN…..

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 10th, 2011
12:11 pm

60 Baby — Michael Jenkins signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Jones and Meier have not missed any practices.

AJC Should Do Better

August 10th, 2011
12:11 pm

Jenkins signed with the Vikes

60 baby

August 10th, 2011
12:17 pm

well lets jus pray to god they can all stay healthy

honest_abe

August 10th, 2011
12:18 pm

amen to that 60.

how come nobody knew of this at the signing. didn’t he have a physical?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 10th, 2011
12:21 pm

honest_abe — The team doesn’t have to release medical information until the season starts under the league’s media policy. That’s why the surgeries have been periodically leaking out. We’ll just ask for the offseason surgery list and see if they coperate.

honest_abe

August 10th, 2011
12:22 pm

honest_abe

August 10th, 2011
12:22 pm

BD in Destin

August 10th, 2011
12:23 pm

I am just glad the Braves finally released Proctor!!!!

60 baby

August 10th, 2011
12:23 pm

I was really hoping i could see big ray edwards play in our first game but i guess this means Sid the Kid and cliff mattews will get more reps to see wat they can do at the de spot, + i cnt wait to see akeem dent the dude looks likes he was carved out of stone!

SeenThisB4

August 10th, 2011
12:34 pm

I would venture to say that this littlel tidbit of information that Smith and his crew finally divuledged will be a bit hard to swallow for falcan’t fans.

How do you define “minor” knee surgery? How can you look lean and tough when all you’re doing is some stretching and sitting around? LOL!

Yeah, not even starting out healthy and this was suppose to be the “missing” piece? Ah, ha, ha, ha, ha! All I see is a gimpy old man!

Ken: Can you please write up your 10,000 word spin on this?

GEAUX SAINTS!

PMC

August 10th, 2011
12:48 pm

Not concerned about this whatsoever. He’s fine.

I’m more interested to see what Jerry and Weatherspoon look like.

PMC

August 10th, 2011
12:49 pm

Osi is only now considering knee surgery.

nes

August 10th, 2011
12:49 pm

The falcons brass hiding all the surgeries that the players had in the off season during the lock-out is a bunch of crap! The game is about the fans too, we very much like to know what is going on with our team’s players. Mr. Blank, GM, and the coaching staff aren’t fooling the league or teams we play due to having to disclose the injury reports each week during the season, so why not keep us-the fans informed? it is a shame for all of the fans to be kept in the dark!

McNasty

August 10th, 2011
12:50 pm

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO AINTS FANS. THEY HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER US OR EVEN THEIR OWN TEAM. THIS BLOG IS NOT FOR THEM.

Keeping it Real

August 10th, 2011
12:50 pm

As long as it was arthroscopic surgery to clean out the knee, he should be fine. Would love to know if it was anything more serious.

Keeping it Real

August 10th, 2011
12:51 pm

Right on, McNasty!

Casey

August 10th, 2011
12:55 pm

@60 baby First MORON. Hey, where did you go to school? Is English your second language? When I read writing like yours it really makes me sad for our future.

Kane337

August 10th, 2011
1:00 pm

0-16 staring us in the face.

George

August 10th, 2011
1:00 pm

Do we know what was done? No surgery is “minor.” If it was scoped, he shouldn’t play any of the preseason.

[...] this morning that Edwards had offseason knee surgery, the situation has to be reevaluated. The beat writer for the Falcons is saying that it was only a “minor procedure” and he is being held out of the Falcons first [...]

loyal falcon

August 10th, 2011
1:28 pm

I agree with you Mcnasty. They are bored and looking for a response.

Kris

August 10th, 2011
1:47 pm

DC Dirty Bird

August 10th, 2011
1:58 pm

I’m not concerned with this minor surgery. Given that he had a fight scheduled for this month or next if the lockout continued, I’d presume it was a scope to clean out the knee. If he’s going through individual drills its likely they are simply taking extra precautions.

Bob Lee "The General"

August 10th, 2011
2:12 pm

It is not unusual for professional football players to have offseason surgery. I promise the Falcons knew about this before they signed Mr. Edwards.

Fan Man at Bowe / Tyson Fight

August 10th, 2011
2:15 pm

No wonder Minnesota let him go. Bring in Osi!!

Swamp People

August 10th, 2011
2:56 pm

can somebody point me to a saints blog, i dont want to search on this slow dial-up nawlins internet, you know what im sayin?

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2011
2:58 pm

well , well , well-what a perdicament heheheheeheheheheheehehe. someone won’t be coming off the line as fast as some others thought he would. might as well put a big old bullseye on that knee for the rb thats gonna chop him down on blitz coverage

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2011
3:01 pm

hey seen- ken won’t be around for awhile. obviously he did some research and found out where his team actually stands . he’s knows they’ll be sitting on the sofa watching the playoffs in jan.

Justin

August 10th, 2011
3:01 pm

Yeah, well Drew Brees has a weird birthmark on his face. What’s up with that and why aren’t we talking about it?

Chucktown38

August 10th, 2011
3:01 pm

just as well Edwards isn’t playing I am really looking forward to seeing Mathews playing a lot Friday.

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2011
3:04 pm

you have a wierd birthmark in your skull–you mistake it for a brain! LOL LOL LOL

Justin

August 10th, 2011
3:12 pm

Their must be something wrong with your brain because you misspelled the word weird. Furthermore, why would you hyphenate skull and you. Is that supposed to be one word? “Skull-you” Some mistaking their brain for a birthmark would be highly unlikely due to the fact that a birthmark is a skin marking and the brain is an organ. I hope I’ve helped clear up your confusion.

PMC

August 10th, 2011
3:22 pm

Unless he had the Lieutenant Dan treatment seriously… ooooh. offseason surgery….

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2011
3:22 pm

your confused- the skin is an organ but an aps educated man like yourself wouldn’t know that -now would he – LOL LOL LOL

Swamp People

August 10th, 2011
3:37 pm

hiramsaint– do you like how our team is the Saints, i think we should change it to somethin more manly, u know what im sayin?

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2011
3:51 pm

youmean like a birdy that flies around ?whatever

ymmotretsof

August 10th, 2011
3:58 pm

does anybody know if fox will have the game?

A. Rodgers

August 10th, 2011
3:58 pm

An ominous start for Big Play Ray?

A. Rodgers

August 10th, 2011
4:03 pm

ymmotretsof…………….Directv has it on Channel 46, CBS, at 7:30.

Joycee Banicheck

August 10th, 2011
4:05 pm

Hi I’m a Saints fan LOL LOL LOL. We love to say LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL. Saints are number 1 LOL LOL LOL LOL. Falcan’ts fans LOL LOL LOL LOL. I’m a fuhken loser LOL LOL LOL.

Swamp People

August 10th, 2011
4:08 pm

Joycee Banicheck– Welcome to the club, me, SeenThisB4, hiramsaint, honest_abe, and SaintNthedeck will greatly appreciate your help in trolling these failcons blogs!

bethelboy

August 10th, 2011
4:37 pm

old school players made the game,current players play the game,fans make the game with that said the falcons are blessed to have a few true fans and a bunch of dumb butts. you guys must have nothing else to do, you slam saint fan’s and you dont have a superbowl skin hanging on your wall. how can you talk crap about the saints who won a superbowl when your wall is empty. win the big one then say something about what you think you know or dont know. if you dont have a skin on the wall shut up about the saints there is no meat in your words.

dean

August 10th, 2011
4:51 pm

bethelboy,

Don’t you have a bridge to hang out under?

honest_abe

August 10th, 2011
5:00 pm

whoa swamp don’t include me in on your inbred gang of excrement. i’m not a fan of that loser franchise or city for that matter. thanks.

Swamp People

August 10th, 2011
5:10 pm

honest_abe– please, we need you cuz, since you are already so critical of the failcons, if not the saints or failcons, which team do you cheer for?

Hey now

August 10th, 2011
5:13 pm

Easy bethelboy, we own you.