FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry will start at defensive tackle alongside of Jonathan Babineaux against the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. Sunday at historic Soldier Field.
Defensive tackle Corey Peters, who started 15 games last season as a rookie and
played in all 16 games, suffered a knee injury that didn’t require surgery three weeks ago. He did not practice on Friday and was declared “out” of the game on the team’s official injury report.
Jerry, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2009, played in all 16 games last season while coming back for major reconstructive left knee surgery. He will see his most extensive action since the second game of his rookie season.
He was injured in the fourth quarter of a 28-20 victory over Carolina on Sept. 20, 2009.
Jerry, 6-foot-2, 295 pounds, was a consensus All-SEC selection at Mississippi and was considered the second-rated defensive tackle in the 2009 draft behind Boston College’s B.J. Raji, who was selected by Green Bay with the ninth pick in the draft. Jerry was taken 24th.
During his college career, Jerry was known for his penetrating moves and stoutness against the run. He registered 11.5 sacks and 33 tackles for losses and was chosen first-team All-American by The Associated Press.
Here’s the full injury report:
ATLANTA FALCONS (Friday)
C Todd McClure (knee) — Did not participate — out
DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee) — Full participation — probable
C Rob Bruggeman (concussion) – Full participation — probable
OT Tyson Clabo (elbow) — Full participation — probable
DT Corey Peters (knee) — Did not participate — out
CB Dunta Robinson (hamstring) — Full participation — probable
DE Lawrence Sidbury (ankle) — Full participation — probable
WR Roddy White (thigh) — Full participation — probable
DURING THE REGULAR SEASON: Teams are required by rule to publish an Injury Report three times a week throughout the NFL season. Each Wednesday and Thursday prior to a Sunday game during the regular season, teams are required to report the level of participation in practice of any player hampered by an injury. Each Friday (or 48 hours prior to kickoff for those games not on Sunday), teams once again report injured players’ practice participation status and also designate the probability that each of those players will play in that week’s game (i.e. probable, questionable, doubtful, out). Teams failing to comply with the Injury Report rules could be fined by the league.
Look for the injury report to be posted shortly after 4 p.m. on the days the Falcons have to file an injury report.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog