Brent Grimes to have knee surgery on Thursday

Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes (20) of the NFC, right, celebrates with Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson (24) of the NFC after Grimes made an interception during the second quarter. AP

Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes (20) of the NFC, right, celebrates with Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson (24) of the NFC after Grimes made an interception during the second quarter. AP

 

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, who went to the Pro Bowl last season as an alternate, is set to have surgery on his right knee on Thursday. 

Falcons coach Mike Smith said that the “procedure” would cause Grimes to miss a couple of weeks.

Grimes was having a strong campaign. He’s sixth on the team in tackles with 37, according to the coaches’ file review stats. He also has 12 passes defensed, an interception, forced fumble and three special teams tackles.

Also, cornerback Kelvin Hayden (dislocated toe) is “very doubtful” for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

Dominique Franks is set to start at left cornerback and move inside when the Falcons play nickel. Christopher Owens will move to left cornerback in the nickel.

Owens and Franks were competing for the third cornerback spot in training camp and have been linked in their quest for playing time.

Owens cracked the lineup briefly, but mostly they both have been relegated to playing on special teams. But that’s about the change for both of the former high draft picks.

Because the Falcons play more than 50 percent of the time in the nickel defense, both players are considered starters by the coaching staff.

Owens won the training camp battle and opened the season as the nickel back. He suffered a concussion against Green Bay and Hayden took over.

Hayden was playing well and was awarded a game ball for his showing against his former team, the Indianapolis Colts. He appeared to have the position locked up until he suffered a toe injury against Tennessee.

Owens, who was picked in the third round of the 2009 draft, had a strong rookie season and finished the season as a starter at left cornerback. He had a bumpy second year which ended with his bad outing in the playoffs against Green Bay.

“He played better on Sunday,” defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said. “But it’s been an inconsistent year for him. Again, he did play better and we’ve just got to get keep working on improving each and every week.”

Franks, a fifth round draft pick in 2010, played 58 snaps against the Vikings.

“I think that he’d be the first to tell you that he had a number of mistakes,” VanGorder said. “He’s a very good athlete and a smart football player. He’ll take the experience from Sunday at correct some things and keep improving.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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88 comments Add your comment

MrATL

November 30th, 2011
4:15 pm

We are going to miss Grimes a lot, but I think Owens may have rediscovered his confidence last week against the Vikings. He should be ready to go.

FP

November 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

Hopefully it’s really only a couple of weeks.

Aziz

November 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

I think Grimes is the best player on our offense. If he is going to miss 2-3 games, I think he picked the right time for it with a relatively easy schedule for falcons until we face New orleans.

Falcons 4 Real

November 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

That hurts especially when you’re playing against arguably the best receiver in the league. I’m confident Owens and Franks will be up to the task. Rise up!

Aziz

November 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

I meant defense, ofcourse – Add special teams in there too..

Hollywould

November 30th, 2011
4:27 pm

Ouch, although it is at a good time.

3rd down efficiency is overrated

November 30th, 2011
4:41 pm

No excuses. Houston is on their 3rd QB. We need to and should win handily.

Terrance

November 30th, 2011
4:43 pm

This is a huge loss. Grimes is arguably are best cover corner. He has regressed this season by dropping easy interceptions. If you were to ask me, I would shift Robinson over to safety. He doesn’t possess the speed as he did once before because of an prior knee injury. His physical play fits the criteria of a safety. I don’t see Decoud being are starter at safety next season.

Die Hard Falcon

November 30th, 2011
4:44 pm

As long as he’s back for the aints game, we should be able to weather the storm. Although, despite the 3-8 record, the Panther game is the scariest one to me. I think if we shut down the Texans running game, we’ll win that and the Jags are in disarray, so the Panther game is scariest to me, Grimes usually covers Steve Smith too. Next man up!

Go Falcons!!!

jay

November 30th, 2011
4:46 pm

wow, he was having a very good season too.

Injury Bug

November 30th, 2011
4:46 pm

Nibble Nibble Nibble- Another one bites the dust . Ho ho ho

mountain_jim

November 30th, 2011
4:51 pm

Falcons twitter reporter said ‘a few weeks’ rather than ‘a couple of weeks’

http://twitter.com/#!/Atlanta_Falcons

I wonder which Coach Smith said?

Juggernaut

November 30th, 2011
4:52 pm

cry frailcons cry..

Go texans !

Rikus

November 30th, 2011
4:56 pm

Juggernaut are you serious? How’s your QB situation looking?

Not good

November 30th, 2011
4:56 pm

Well, luckily we are playing a rookie QB. Still this is NOT GOOD. . .

Rikus

November 30th, 2011
4:58 pm

We’ll miss Grimes sorely. I sincerely hope that the procedure goes well, and that this issue doesn’t linger for him. I hate to see any of our guys get hurt, and he’s one of our best. Come back soon, Optimus Grimes — we’ll need you for the Saints game!

railman311

November 30th, 2011
4:58 pm

Injury Bug

November 30th, 2011
4:59 pm

The meltster might as well be a rookie too! Maybe it’s him going in for a “minor” procedure next week after the Texans D gets done with him!

P B Orr

November 30th, 2011
5:00 pm

Yeah, classy comment Juggerbutt. How’s that old QB situation coming along for you? Our LBs and #2 run defense will have a few greetings for your new boy on Sunday. Y’all take care now, ya hear?

Injury Bug

November 30th, 2011
5:01 pm

The Saints? You better worry about the Texans right now and after what I saw Monday night , the Saints are going to demolish you probably worse than we will!

mark

November 30th, 2011
5:03 pm

damn hard blow to the secondary i hope crisp owens can step up as he did on sunday and play tight man, no easy zones we playing againts one of the best ever but if we shut down the run we should get an easy W, if he is back to play vs NO we are good!

Big Man

November 30th, 2011
5:05 pm

Lol at Grimes being “arguably” our best corner…..he’s a top 5 corner in the league.

YeahI said it!

Olde Fan

November 30th, 2011
5:15 pm

Too bad – Grimes plays all out, with a lot of heart. He’s one of my favorites. I hope he mends quickly. We need him.

CGD..

November 30th, 2011
5:16 pm

Oh no!!!!!!! Trap Game?

Wrong

November 30th, 2011
5:18 pm

Franks almost lost the game last week by himself. Blew coverage and let a LB cover a TD then lost track of the ball on a punt which as a turn over. Falcons need to seriously spend more money on corners this offseason.

BC

November 30th, 2011
5:23 pm

To think Brett Grimes will be a easy substitution is crazy. I would take Mr. Grimes over Duante’ Robinson in terms of importance to the secondary, every game-day!

Injury Bug

November 30th, 2011
5:30 pm

I’m still deciding who I’m gonna bite next sunday. May the meltster? Hmmmmmmm

gcs

November 30th, 2011
5:32 pm

ATL Observer

November 30th, 2011
5:39 pm

Split the next two games and beat Jacksonville and this can be survived. But lose him for any more time than that, and you’re talking about an insurmountable problem.

JSS

November 30th, 2011
5:47 pm

Asked our esteemed beat writer how bad the Grimes knee was right after when it occurred following the Titans game. Did they give you the old Foxoborough Shuffle with a bunch of denials and some hemming and hawing? TD and Jeff Fish strike again!!!

ohhhYEAH

November 30th, 2011
5:48 pm

CGD

I dont believe this is considered a trap game at all. Its the best defense in the league right now, and the team thats tied for the best record in the AFC. Granted theyve been playin the Colts, Jags, and Titans, but still, a very good team. Not a very hard one to get up for. They know they gotta work their butts off.

and injury thug, take the trolling somewhere that unintelligent people such as yourself might appreciate it. Thanks

hiramsaint

November 30th, 2011
5:49 pm

even if he does come back ,it takes 3 weeks to be back in football shape and by that time you’ll be watching the saints in the playoffs

Mave2124

November 30th, 2011
5:50 pm

Ouch, hope nothing but the best for Optimus Grimes. We will now find out how 24 and 21 will hold it down…in the middle of a playoff run. Tough to miss your top CB, but GM TD will find out if he found some talent in 24 and 21.

ohhhYEAH

November 30th, 2011
5:51 pm

hiramsaint

for once im not gonan give you a hard time. Bc if Breezy keeps that $#!* up then not even the “Mighty” Packers have a chance against NOLA

ohhhYEAH

November 30th, 2011
5:52 pm

and yes WE, the fans, will be watching the Aints in the playoffs, bc as it stands now, we will be playing you in the first round

Injury Bug

November 30th, 2011
5:52 pm

Nibble nibble nibble- I’m getting them 1 by 1 and this Sunday , I’ll get me one more. Hard to make it to the post-season with back-ups playing all over the field. Ho ho ho

hiramsaint

November 30th, 2011
5:54 pm

i see – going for 0-3 are you ? sorry though , it won’t be us as we’ll have a first round bye

ohhhYEAH

November 30th, 2011
5:57 pm

also very possible. Preferable for me really. Id rather take my Chances with Green Bay out in the cold in the second round

Michael M.

November 30th, 2011
6:00 pm

Seems Atlanta always steps up when they have a key player get injured so why let it worry anyone now ? The Team rallies when this happens so deal with it.

hiramsaint

November 30th, 2011
6:02 pm

to be truthful and serious- anyone is gonna have to go thruogh lambeau in the col and that doesn’t bode to well for dome teams . anyone can slip {rams} -maybe green bay will have one of those off days at the right time and make it easier for all of us!

hiramsaint

November 30th, 2011
6:03 pm

whats up mikey? hope your day went well—see contrary to popular belief , i can be nice

Michael M.

November 30th, 2011
6:05 pm

Shaking my head here……Somebody put something in your gumbo besides the gum !

Michael M.

November 30th, 2011
6:08 pm

You know it wouldn’t surprise me if we all get fooled and our teams lose and somebody like the Bengals win it all out of the blue…just a thought ,, words of caution , we all shouldn’t get our hopes and expectations too high cause anything can happen down the road injury wise and in football one week to the next is not that predictable.

hiramsaint

November 30th, 2011
6:12 pm

could happen but i’m being optomistic. if we can do 3/4 of what we did monday , then i feel good and we only have 1 more away game in the reg season. haven’t checked your schedule. besides us , who do have left?

tidog

November 30th, 2011
6:13 pm

Owens had a nice td saving tackle but the guy has shown he’s not ready for prime time. I feel Franks would be a better fit for the starting role until Grimes is back and Owens continues his nickle back role. Owens effort is exceptional but the cover instincts aren’t that good.

JSS

November 30th, 2011
6:16 pm

Now this was a funny moment… Hello Pot… Well Hi Kettle… Now read this statement: “Granted theyve been playin the Colts, Jags, and Titans, but still, a very good team.” Last three Falcons opponents were the Colts, Titans, and Vikings (3 teams with 8 lil teams between them), have mercy!!!

JSS

November 30th, 2011
6:18 pm

Wins that is, I was still laughing… I’m so sorry… :-)

Michael M.

November 30th, 2011
6:19 pm

Well I am expecting Atlanta to go to Texas and play like that game is a playoff game..whether they do or not remains to be seen but I don’t believe the Texans can score that many points with a 3rd string QB on the field but they have a heck of a defense to play against.

Michael M.

November 30th, 2011
6:22 pm

I cant laugh at nobody’ football team really Saints like to lost a Tight End Monday night..I didn’t think that guy was going to get up from that killer hit he took.

hiramsaint

November 30th, 2011
6:24 pm

yeah i’m seeing a lot of run from them which plays into your hand but watch out , yates could fool you