FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux is out three to five weeks with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his knee, according to his representative.
The injury will not immediately require surgery, but he may want to have one after the season.
“It’s a partial MCL tear and we are looking at three to five weeks,” said Jack Bechta, Babineaux’s agent. “The MCL, all the guys that I’ve ever had have come back. If there is any issue with uncomfortableness they go in and get it cleaned up after the season.”
Babineaux was listed on the injury report before the Chicago game with a knee and shoulder injury. He left the game against Chicago to get his ankle examined and had it re-taped.
He returned to the game against the Bears.
The Falcons are hoping that defensive tackle Corey Peters, who missed the opener with a knee injury, can return this week. He’s been out for four weeks.
Babineaux, a second-round draft pick in 2005, has been a pillar on the defensive line since starting six games as a rookie.
In six seasons, Babineaux has 254 tackles, 18 sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog