Atlanta Falcons: Grimes out for season (updated)

Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch.

Brent Grimes’ season is over.

The Falcons starting cornerback was placed on the injured reserve list with an Achilles tendon injury suffered in Sunday’s season-opening victory over the Chiefs. Grimes, who had the franchise tag placed on him in March, had an MRI Monday which revealed surgery was necessary.

According to coach Mike Smith, the recovery period following the surgical procedure will extend beyond the season.

“Obviously, it hurts our depth any time you lose a player of that caliber,” Smith said. “Brent’s made a number of plays. Since we’ve been here, he’s been a cornerstone at the position, both left and right [cornerback].

“It’s the next man up mentality. That’s the way you have to approach it. There are a number of guys who have play time on our roster right now. It’s something that as a coaching staff we’ll put together what we feel is the best plan in terms of how we will configure out nickel package. That’s the biggest thing we’ll have to do.”

Grimes, a Pro Bowler in 2010, started Sunday’s game at right cornerback. Asante Samuel, a four-time Pro Bowler acquired in the offseason, started at left cornerback. Dunta Robinson played in the nickel package, which Smith said was all but 11 plays against the Chiefs.

Grimes left the game in the fourth quarter Sunday with what was announced as a calf injury. He did not return.

The Falcons do not get any salary-cap relief for the loss of Grimes. They have approximately $1.061 million in salary-cap space should they choose to sign another player.

Samuel and Robinson will now start at cornerback with Christopher Owens likely assuming the nickel role. The Falcons also have Dominique Franks and Robert McClain on the active roster and Peyton Thompson on the practice squad at cornerback.

“How we configure this is something we’ll discuss over the next several days,” Smith said of the rotation. “We’ve got lots of flexibility in terms of our secondary. Injuries are a part of this game unfortunately. We felt like we were adding a corner [in Samuel] that gave us three No. 1 corners. We’ve had an injury and we’ll have to adjust. We will adjust.”

The Falcons kept Grimes for another season when they placed the franchise tag on him in March. He will earn $10.281 million this year on a one-year contract. He is entering his fifth season with the Falcons after making the team as an undrafted free agent out of Shippensburg University. Grime made the Pro Bowl following the 2010 season.

It is the second surgery that will cause Grimes to miss games in the past two seasons. He said before the start of the season that he was fully recovered from the right knee surgery he needed in November that caused him to miss three of the last four regular-season games and the playoff loss to the Giants.

Grimes finished with one interception, 35 tackles and 12 assists in 12 games last season. He played in all 16 regular-season games in both 2009 and 2010 and had a combined 11 interceptions, including five in 2010 when went to the Pro Bowl as an alternate.

“I was able to do a lot of things that I like to do which is move in space, run, hit, tackle, blitz,” Robinson said of his now-temporary move inside.

The Falcons now have five players on injured reserve in offensive lineman Will Svitek, safety Shann Schillinger, rookie fullback Bradie Ewing, rookie tight end Adam Nissley and Grimes.

- Chris Vivlamore

214 comments Add your comment

DeepDiver

September 10th, 2012
2:47 pm

Cancel the season. Snakebit organization — only makes sense that the most joyful post-opener Monday in years would be met with some horrible, horrible, horrible news.

Seen This B4

September 10th, 2012
2:54 pm

Ah that’s a shame.

Lot’s of injuries in the football world this weekend, especially Tulane’s Devon Walker.

Alabama Falcon Fan

September 10th, 2012
2:55 pm

Injuries happen. Too bad for Grimes, he’s a good player. Next guy in line has to pick-up the slack. (Seems that small frame guys like Grimes and Sanders (with Indy) play beyond what their bodies can take)

Glass Half Full

September 10th, 2012
2:59 pm

Its Ok. I believe Owens and Franks (if still on roster) will step up and surprise everyone. Daunta has to stay as the slot corner.

Birdman of Falcatraz

September 10th, 2012
3:00 pm

Thats a great 10 mil investment there. Too bad we dont have a penny to add a vet to the roster, not that one would be available now anyway.

rollo lawson

September 10th, 2012
3:03 pm

Bring back Darrin Walls for depth. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Falcons go with Owens on the outside with Samuels and leave Dunta in the slot. Owens did a decent job outside last year. Time for this defensive line to step up even more. Ray Edwards, are you listening?????

ThereisASeen sighting

September 10th, 2012
3:03 pm

WOW! Sobering news after the game. Hey Seen at least you got some class man! We can have out banter about your team and mine…..but nice response and a sad day in football. Now about your Aints………..What happened?

mark

September 10th, 2012
3:03 pm

we are in deep troubles what a blow! man robinson is killing us out there he is the worst corner i ever see in years! dimitroff better star thinking about a trade or something its time to get a new corner or the d is gonna be awfull

GT in GoldTown

September 10th, 2012
3:04 pm

We better give this a long term deal. He has earned it, I don’t care how bad his knee is

Just Sayin.....

September 10th, 2012
3:05 pm

dean

September 10th, 2012
3:05 pm

Well, it might not have been a piano that fell out of the sky onto our heads, but it’s dam close.

Owens might step up but I’ll never forget him looking like “I don’t want to be here!” 2 years ago during the great beat-down in the dome.

ThereisASeen sighting

September 10th, 2012
3:06 pm

DLED any lead on what we might do? Anyone available to bring in? Any money to do so? Can the next man up handle the pressure now? I have questions………you got answers?

Mike is Back

September 10th, 2012
3:06 pm

WOW, that was a big blow…he will be sorely missed.

I wish GRIMES much success with his rehab…Guys are going to have to step…Franks should get a chance to get some action…hopefully, he will make the most of this opportunity

RISE UP GRIMES…U CAN DO IT…LET’S GO…LET’S GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just Sayin.....

September 10th, 2012
3:06 pm

Falcons only have 1.3 of cap money.

chc4

September 10th, 2012
3:07 pm

GT in GoldTown — you are awfully generous with Arthur’s money! lol

Chubbyboy

September 10th, 2012
3:08 pm

D-LED…Will management by looking at trade possibilities or will they stick with Franks and Owens??? Tough position to be in especially with Peyton coming to town on Mnoday night!!! This puts a damper on a great opening day win!

mark

September 10th, 2012
3:09 pm

make a trade for somebody theres is no way we can hold up with robinson and owens they just dont have it!

Sam

September 10th, 2012
3:09 pm

Birdman – you took the words right out of my mouth

GT – Why would we give him a long term contract? We shouldn’t have given him as much as we did this offseason. “He has earned it” – umm, what has he done? Brent Grimes is a good NFL corner, but he is no Deion Sanders or Champ Bailey. Heck, he isn’t even Asante Samuel!

Chubbyboy

September 10th, 2012
3:10 pm

D-LED–Will TD consider making trade or stick with Owens and Franks in Grime’s spot? Tough position to be in with Peyon and Co. coming to town on Monday night!

The Big Fat Blogger

September 10th, 2012
3:13 pm

Now would be a great time to trade Turner for some defensive help, not to sure who could be picked up at the moment….. Hopefully, Franks and Owens are ready to finally shine at CB.

mark

September 10th, 2012
3:14 pm

asante samule better start playing like the new england days or we are doom!!! what a blow! im angy and sad man! there is no wayyyy robinosn and owens step up, trade timeeeee!

Bubba Bean

September 10th, 2012
3:15 pm

That’s a big blow. No one is going make a trade with us after season has started – this ain’t baseball. Not even sure who is a FA CB that might be a worthy pick-up. Good thing we traded for Asante on draft day. What a steal that was! Owens & Franks will need to step up & fight it out for RCB. Would be a great story if Franks rises up after being cut.

Just Sayin.....

September 10th, 2012
3:16 pm

My moms basement gets cold this time of year. It makes it hard for my post-it notes of everything Falcons related to stick to the walls. I have some post-its around here somewhere about the meal the Falcons are serving in the cafeteria today.

PMC

September 10th, 2012
3:16 pm

Get well soon Grimetime! We will miss you guy.

Hope Dimitroff is on the horn. If Franks and Owens (beans) play we are in trouble. Owens can’t even run down the field on special teams without having problems.

Very

September 10th, 2012
3:17 pm

ITS A GOOD THING HE DID NOT GET A BIG CONTRACT.

KQuark

September 10th, 2012
3:17 pm

Dimitroff time to earn your paycheck. Owens shows he can cover but has terrible ball skills. I don’t know if you can teach that but if you can Nolan and his crew need to go to work.

Greg Mendel

September 10th, 2012
3:17 pm

I’ve always liked Grimes, and I hate to see this happen to him and the team. But, if Nolan sticks with that BVG soft coverage, it won’t matter. KC receivers were wide open way too often on Sunday.

Before the game, I thought simply ditching the soft coverage and adding a real pass rush could make all the difference. It still should.

GTT

September 10th, 2012
3:18 pm

Thank goodness for the Asante Samuel pickup.

PMC

September 10th, 2012
3:18 pm

Prayers of course for Devon Walker

ijonathan

September 10th, 2012
3:19 pm

It’s all Jeff Fish’s fault…right?

Dawglasville

September 10th, 2012
3:21 pm

Crap, crap, crap, crap, crap. Our best defensive player. This is going to take some real coaching to cover this void.

RUDEDAWG

September 10th, 2012
3:24 pm

Hate to hear that,but Grimes is not a shut corner,he’s an overachiever for the most part, I never bought into the whole Grimes thing,he’s solid,but an liability in the run and pass game,especially on 3rd and long,other teams go directly at supoosedly our BEST corner! GTFOH! See Ya GRIMES!

Buffy

September 10th, 2012
3:24 pm

Bring back Prime Time!!

the silverman

September 10th, 2012
3:24 pm

Thats a bruttal loss. Hopefully the D-line will step it up in his absence.

to real

September 10th, 2012
3:24 pm

Decon

September 10th, 2012
3:24 pm

@Dawglasville, actually Weatherspoon is our best defensive player. This could be a blessing in disguise.

Birdman of Falcatraz

September 10th, 2012
3:25 pm

Unfortunately you have seen the last of Brent Grimes in Atlanta. He will still want significant cash next year even coming off an injury. Having been lost 2 years in a row, can we take a gamble bringing his small body but huge heart back in the fold?

YoMomma

September 10th, 2012
3:26 pm

I feel sorry for Grimes. He has got to live with that wife of his and she aint gonna be happy that for certain there aint gonna be no BIG CONTRACT now!

JS in LA

September 10th, 2012
3:26 pm

D Led – Few questions:

1) Does the club get his contract value (or some part of it) back from insurance?

2) Does putting him on IR result in any cap savings (from which we could sign another player?)

3) How does the franchise tender he sign compare to what he would have been guaranteed under a long-term deal? In otherwords, how much money does this injury end up costing Grimes since he’s a free agent after the season?

Bubba Bean

September 10th, 2012
3:27 pm

On playing Peyton & Broncos so quickly after this injury. …Playing on MNF helps in that it gives ATL another day to prep. I’m not so sure Peyton can throw it as deep as he could pre-surgery. All of his passes last night were short & the reports were that he couldn’t throw it deep in training camp. I’d consider starting Franks since he is bigger and then have he & Asante jam Thomas & Decker at the line. And/Or play off a little but jump the routes for an INT.

Layinlow

September 10th, 2012
3:28 pm

Dimitroff has drafted corners and offensive lineman every year since he has been here and we still don’t have anyone at either of those positions worth a darn. Outside of Matt Ryan falling into his lap in year one and trading two drafts to get Julio jones his drafts have came up way short. He’s one of the most overated personnel guys in the nfl.

OPEN YOUR EYES

September 10th, 2012
3:28 pm

I BET YOU PEYTON MANNING IS SALIVATING AT THE CHANCE TO DESTROY FAILCAN’TS SECONDARY AND PUT THE EARLY DEFENSIVE GLORY TO REST!!! HAHAHAHA!!!!

ATLANTA IS CURSED, FIRST LOFA TATUPU NOW BRENT GRIMES!!!!!

Doodaddy

September 10th, 2012
3:28 pm

If the offense can play all season like they did in KC, the loss of Grimes won’t matter that much. Still, I hate to see Grimes out – the guy is a real gamer.

5ooo

September 10th, 2012
3:29 pm

Man…….I really feel for the guy. He ALWAYS worked hard, never complained about his contract, always made plays, you name it he has done it. I hope he comes back next year and I hope the falcons give him a shot to contribute next year. I don’t want this to be his last time as a falcon.

Birdman of Falcatraz

September 10th, 2012
3:29 pm

As for being a liability, Grimes was not. He put a lot more effort into to run support than Dunta or Asante do.

Cejay

September 10th, 2012
3:33 pm

Seen, exactly how do you come up with thse screen names ??? You’re not fooling anyone, theres not that many people concerned with the Falcons on the scale you are…….living in your head rent free

Greg

September 10th, 2012
3:33 pm

I can’t believe that Nolan would put Dunta back at corner after watching him (try to) tackle yesterday. That $50+ million guy will never again be in our base package at corner. As someone said, he’ll be relegated to the slot forever. Frankly, he’s lucky he’s playing anywhere. That brings us to Owens. Is this the same Chris Owens we’ve all seen before? Am I hallucinating? Chris Owens at corner? Again, I cannot believe Nolan would do it.

Falcons Girl

September 10th, 2012
3:34 pm

I’m so sad, I love Brent Grimes. I hope he gets better soon and our defense looks like they did yesterday in the second half against Peyton and the Bronco’s offense on MNF. Whoever said Ray Edwards needs to step it up couldn’t be more right, stop taking pictures of yourself and all the pampering for Instagram and use that time to practice son!!

SirReal

September 10th, 2012
3:35 pm

Sorry to hear this news about Grimes. Even worse for Devon Walker. I’m praying for his family. That injury is a LOT more serious and life altering than Grimes’. This is a brutal sport and everyone should remember that.
With that said, I hope TD is on the phone. I have NO confidence in Chris Owens. Hopefully we can bring in someone. I say trade Turner for someone of value. His days here are obviously in the twilight phase. He wont be a Bird next year unfortunately. I thank him for his great years of service but he’s not the Burner anymore. In the words of Mike Tomlin, “Next man up…”

BlessingInDisguise

September 10th, 2012
3:37 pm

Very bad news coming off an impressive win. Bright side is that we have #22….D-line is going to need to pull their weight even more so now. We barely had any pressure on Matt Cassel. With Peyton Manning coming to town, he is going to pick us a part if we dont get to him early.

Falcon Fan

September 10th, 2012
3:37 pm

I hope is career is over the damn money mongul. Your gonna hold out when your making 10 million dollars. Good Riddance!!!

SirReal

September 10th, 2012
3:37 pm

Also for all the “curse” crap…ALL teams have injuries genuises….

Frankie

September 10th, 2012
3:37 pm

this is why you sign for guaranteed money….this will probably be his last season with falcons….or place him in nicle back roll not every down roll.

Cal

September 10th, 2012
3:39 pm

First …stop saying next man up; if the next man was that good they would not have signed Samuels. Second, Robinson needs to stay in the slot where he’s at his best, on the outside he’s constantly torched. Third, they wasted 10 million of guaranteed money on Grimes by not signing him to a deal, Now you still have to pay that money and even worse it still counts against the salary cap. (No cap space to sign another CB)
Bottom line we are right back to where we started horrible secondary with a half azz pass rush. This team has to be cursed.

OPEN YOUR EYES

September 10th, 2012
3:39 pm

@BUBBA BEAN- ME AND MY BROTHER JUST READ WHAT YOU JUST TYPED ABOUT “JAMMING” AND “JUMPING ROUTES”!! YOU MAKE IT SEEM LIKE ITS AN EASY THING TO DO, BUT SADLY ITS NOT!!! IM GUESSING YOU DIDNT WATCH THE GAME THEY HAD WITH PITTSBURGH, CAUSE THEY WERE “JAMMING AND JUMPER THE RECEIVER’S ROUTS” BUT TO NO AVAIL!!!!

PEYTON MANNING WILL DESTROY OUR SECONDARY, HE IS THE BEST REGULAR SEASON QUARTERBACK IN HISTORY AND HE WILL THROW ALL OF HIS AUDIBLES AT FRANKS/DUNTA’S SIDE OF THE FIELD AND BEGIN TO TORCH OUR BACKLINE!!!!!

GET READY GUYS I SMELL A BLOWOUT COMING ON MONDAY!!!!

Cejay

September 10th, 2012
3:40 pm

Crused????? hahahahahaha somebody believes in voodoo…..I wonder who that is LOL !

chucktownfalcon

September 10th, 2012
3:43 pm

Is Lito Sheppard a free agent?

Dr. Warren

September 10th, 2012
3:44 pm

They might be doomed against Manning this week, but eventually, Nolan will make adjustments and somebody will man-up. Expect a lot of 42-38 games this year, fellas. Hopefully, we win more of them than we lose.

Robin

September 10th, 2012
3:47 pm

I hate to see a guy go down for the season obviously. But losing Grimes is not the end of the world. Guy gets picked on every game. Yesterday he got picked on for a first down and a TD right after. He is just too small. Anyway, all teams get injuries. It’s the good ones who respond.

OPEN YOUR EYES

September 10th, 2012
3:47 pm

@CEJAY- I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE LAUGHING AT, BUT YOU BETTER GET READY FOR THE BIGGEST BLOWOUT MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL HAS EVER SEEN!!!! DON’T WORRY ONCE PEYTON IS DONE DECIMATING YOU GUY’S SECONDARY I’LL BE THE ONE LAUGHING!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! EVERYBODY IN FAILCAN’TS NATION BETTER START SAYING THERE PRAYERS CAUSE THINGS ARE BOUT TO GET REAL NASTY!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!! ROFL!!!

keeping it real

September 10th, 2012
3:47 pm

Was 2nd best corner in the NFL last year according to Pro Football Focus.

Not an Owens fan, but hope he doesn’t get suspended because of the special teams altercation in KC.

Frankie

September 10th, 2012
3:48 pm

he played the game just like the owners played the game….
He knew what his condtion was just like when peyton manning signed for all that money…this is a business and he made the better deal than the falcons. the falcons had the chance to lower the guaranteed money for longer stint but hey you get what you pay for…
time to restructure some contracts to get another DB in the house….

Cal

September 10th, 2012
3:49 pm

EWe know Owen has been beat like he stole something every time he’s manned the slot, so why even put him there. Damn if they only had some cap room and could make a trade for a decent CB. This year ATL plays too many pass happy Offenses to have a half azz secondary. I’m not being a damper but a realist; I thought Monday night was going to be the falcons coming out party, now we know it’ll be the Green Bay game again.nter your comments here

Cejay

September 10th, 2012
3:50 pm

@Open your eyes

Dude……do you know where caps button is ????

Ken

September 10th, 2012
3:51 pm

Time for the next man up!! To RISE UP!!

Tim mcKyer

September 10th, 2012
3:52 pm

I can still play……….

ParanoidAndroid

September 10th, 2012
3:52 pm

Not the end of the world. Look at the big picture.
Look at the corner situation the past couple years. We won quite a few games over that span even with the shaky defense. Take Grimes out and replace him with Asante. Replace BVG with Mike Nolan. That alone puts us in a better position than where we were a year ago.

Nique

September 10th, 2012
3:52 pm

WOW, We don’t need to resign him, he should be done as a Falcon. 2 Years in a row he’s gotten paid BIG BUCKS TO RIDE THE PINE! The guy can’t stay healthy & this is my worst nightmare Chris Owens “having earned” the # 4 cb position is going to get picked on like Jared Bush did in the Packers game against the 49ers!!! I hope we can fight through this & Nolan’s scheme will really be tested now, time 4 everyone else to step up! Really glad we got 22 now!!!

Die Hard Falcon

September 10th, 2012
3:56 pm

I believe that once a guy is on IR he doesn’t count against the salary cap for that year. He will still get the money paid out to him, but he doesn’t count against the teams cap
Can anyone confirm this?

Go Falcons!!!

Nowwehaveasecondary!

September 10th, 2012
3:57 pm

The loss of Bren Grimes is not a good thing, but it is also not the end of the team. Our DC will have to adjust. Our pass rush should be better against Denver because the Denver linemen will not hear the snap count. They will be watching for the snap just like our defensive linemen.

I think the offense will improve. The Saints won a SB with a pathetic defense. The Packers did the same. I think our defense will be at least as good as it ranked last year, and it finished as the 12th best. If we can stop teams from moving the chains on third down better than last year and get the Ryan Express going full speed we will be okay.

Nowwehaveasecondary!

September 10th, 2012
3:58 pm

Die Hard Fan – Any player placed upon IR receives his salary for the year and it counts against the salary cap as if he was still on the active roster.

Just Sayin.....

September 10th, 2012
4:01 pm

Here comes Peyton……

Just sayin…..

Nique

September 10th, 2012
4:04 pm

Sorry for Brent, but even sorrier for the Birds. They invested a lot in this back end just for one game! Injuries are unavoidable, but at 2 years in a row, at that price tag, you just can’t have that! Hope Owens really is better & has truly shown something in practice that we haven’t seen on the field yet! If not I hope Franks can earn his way back into the good graces of the franchise & find his but on the field. Really would have loved to be able to go grab a Kelvin Hayden again this year, he looked good in week 1 for the Bears.

Brandon

September 10th, 2012
4:05 pm

For all the people saying Owens will step up, well your idiots he is probably the worst cover corner in the NFL the Falcons are in serious trouble. They will not be able to stop the high powered offenses at all now watch and see what Payton is about to do.

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mark

September 10th, 2012
4:07 pm

I feel for Grimes great player that plays with a lot of heart. Shuffle time, although unlike in years past b/c we did picked up Samuel in the off season we are not in terrible shape plus Owens plays a very physical game so he should be up to the task. Keep Dunta out of the corner not a good cover guy period, that was a BAD signing by Dimitroff. I think Nolan is big in this situation b/c unlike VG last year, Nolan has the ability to fit the def to match personnel, also Off is going to take off so should be able to out gun or stay in most games.

chc4

September 10th, 2012
4:11 pm

Why would we be doomed this week vs Denver? Did anyone see our offense? The Broncos are no great shakes. We’ll still win this game.

Darrell

September 10th, 2012
4:12 pm

Well if GB can go 15-1 and NE goes to the Super Bowl with bad pass D’s maybe Atlanta can too.

rfall

September 10th, 2012
4:13 pm

defense is in trouble. better look outside the organization for some help!

Cal

September 10th, 2012
4:13 pm

Brent Grimes money is guaranteed for this year so it counts, that’s the risk you take when you franchise a player. Needless to say it’s no need to bring him back next year anyway, because they didn’t sign a deal yet so his Falcon days are over.
Sad thing is we don’t have anyone worth putting on the outside with Samuels and I just looked at the free agents left and there’s nothing. Just when I was getting excited about this year, it’s so funny the way things happen. I was just getting ready to buy my ticket for an October game. I don’t think so now, just don’t like the way the team procrastinate. Turner should’ve been gone for cap space and we would’ve been able to try and make a trade for a high caliber CB.

chc4

September 10th, 2012
4:17 pm

Cal — you won’t buy tickets b/c of Grimes injury? What sense does that make? This team procrasinates?…. what nonsense is that? They had 3 good CBs and 1 gets hurt. Dimitroff isn’t a sorceror that can just magically acquire top flight players midseason.

We DID trade for a top flight CB. And then one gets hurt. Your logic is bizarre.

robertussen

September 10th, 2012
4:18 pm

oh good, we lose our best defensive player for the year. even if we do sign some one else (doubt we will, also is there really anyone out there we can get) it would take then time to get adjusted to our scheme. this is a huge blow. i hope we can recover quickly.

John

September 10th, 2012
4:23 pm

I knew it as soon as I saw him go down. Ugh.

Ricnic

September 10th, 2012
4:28 pm

Who’s the back up QB in Denver? There going to need him, Our D-ends will plant Manning and he will be out by the first quarter.

Falconsfaninaugusta

September 10th, 2012
4:31 pm

Tough loss so early…. Saw the play and obvious something snapped…. Dunta needs to man up now

OpenyourEyes=Seen

September 10th, 2012
4:32 pm

Wow Seen you cant troll under your real name? To embrassed about that rookie taking your Aints to the back of the shed and opening up a can on that defense? Did I mention he was a rookie. I think I did.

Kurtis

September 10th, 2012
4:33 pm

Oh my goodness. The last time I saw Christopher Owens start a game, I was at the Dome and personally witnessed Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay receivers deflower him and hang nearly 50 points on us. Man, I hope there’s a Plan B.

Big Crimson 75

September 10th, 2012
4:39 pm

This is part of the Sport. Every Team deals with losing a starter for the Season at some point.
It’s tough for Grimes, it’s tough for the Falcons who franchised him.
CB is one of the deeper positions on the roster.
Owens & Franks are about to have make/break seasons.

techduck

September 10th, 2012
4:39 pm

How can you say thats a big blow of grimes getting hurt this past sunday and out for the season?I see this a blessing (not him getting hurt though)but for this team.Grimes has the biggest heart in the national football.His desire to be the best player out there on the playing feild today is top notch.But he has no size of being a corner back.(5ft 11 in)theres no way he can be able to play this position and be sucessful.He is to (Short) plain and simple.You will see what i mean from this point on.The falcons we be a lot better on passing defense for the rest of the year.

BravesFan79

September 10th, 2012
4:42 pm

My favorite player on defense… damn. Guess we wont see him in a Falcons uniform again as mgnment will likely see him as 2 big of a risk to give a big contract to.

chuck

September 10th, 2012
4:43 pm

The is really bad news because we really don’t have a top draft choice that isn’t needed to be used elsewhere to fill major holes in the lineup. We now need a TE, LT, DE, and a CB and we don’t have 4 first round picks. At least we still have our full set of picks.

Big Crimson 75

September 10th, 2012
4:44 pm

If Dunta steps up and earns his money, the Falcons can deal with the loss of Grimes.

And that is why Grimes wanted...

September 10th, 2012
4:46 pm

…a long term deal, with a huge bonus UP FRONT, and why the birds did not want that deal and opted for the franchise tag…life in the big leagues, but I guess Brent will be OK with 10mil for not playing this year, or probably ever again…

Barton

September 10th, 2012
4:51 pm

This is a non-issue. We will have to outscore teams this year regardless. We’re looking at a Super Bowl path much like the Packers two years back.

NATIVEBIRD

September 10th, 2012
4:52 pm

Robert McClain played well during the preseason. We know what we have in Chris Owens. Not much. Nolan and staff should just look at “Burnt Toast”(that’s what we call Chris Owens in my house) in the games past. I was soooo upset to see him in there Sunday when Brent went down! Owens might cover for one play, but he will have a mental lapse and get burned eventually.

LET’S NOT GIVE OWENS THE CHANCE TO SCREW OUR SEASON UP AGAIN! PLEASE NOLAN, SMITTY, SOMEBODY BE A COACH WITH EYES.

Please play McClain or pick up someone. PLEASE DON’T PUT BURNT TOAST BACK OUT THERE! PLEASE.

Dunta 'getting torched' Robinson

September 10th, 2012
4:53 pm

Dunta Robinson was torched so often I thought his braids were gonna burn. Epic fail.

Barton

September 10th, 2012
4:54 pm

Also.. Techduck – Dunta Robinson cannot cover like Grimes and any loss at cornerback for this team is a major blow. The reason you see Dunta making so many tackles is because he gets worked on routes.

Sorry for not reading through the comments before posting.

Captain Obvious

September 10th, 2012
4:55 pm

@chuck
We now need a TE, LT, DE, and a CB and we don’t have 4 first round picks

ROTFLMAO. Consulting these days?

FIRE FREDI

September 10th, 2012
4:55 pm

Why do so many starters play in blowouts? Are the back-ups not good enough to hold a 3+ td lead with 10 minutes left?

thouhtful

September 10th, 2012
4:56 pm

I hope pulls a MIRACLE out of the hat by scanning the wire and FA LIST that is where you find the type of guy who can help you win the SUPER BOWL!

Captain Obvious

September 10th, 2012
4:57 pm

To the lamebrains who are not paid for their football knowledge. Green Bay went 15-1 with the worst pass defense in the league. That is all for now. Time for you to report to work at Burger King.

Bubba Bean

September 10th, 2012
4:59 pm

Open your eyes… Until you learn to stop shouting with ALL CAPS, you credibility (and your brother’s) are zilch.

Left Coast Dawg

September 10th, 2012
5:05 pm

While I have given the SMURF some grief during his tenure with the Falcons, I’m sorry to see this happen to him and hate that’s the only way we could get rid of him. But with that being said, it’s time for the next CB to step up and make a name for himself. I still say Grimes wasn’t the long-term solution so maybe this is a blessing in disguise for the organization.

Mike Franklin

September 10th, 2012
5:08 pm

The season certainly does not rest on any one player but… speaking of depleted Ds…

Grimes was a key to the D. Unless he is replaced with talent approaching his ability, every team we play (including Denver and Peyton Elway) will be bombing us to pissereens.

S**t.

Did they try duct taping the injury???

robertussen

September 10th, 2012
5:20 pm

i’ve been looking around trying to see if any decent cbs are left out there. i found one. he helped us out a few years ago……… foxworth anyone?

Go Jackets

September 10th, 2012
5:21 pm

Brent was gettin smoked in first half anyway by the bigger more powerful receivers. Hes too small and it took the force of natural selection to make the Falcons realise hes too small. Sorry to see, but glad it happened.

Sad Sack

September 10th, 2012
5:23 pm

I’ve never been a Grimes fan, so I don’t look at this as a loss, but a chance to upgrade. Maybe they can find someone who is taller than 5′ 8″…

Surg

September 10th, 2012
5:25 pm

I hope to God the injury bug doesn’t beat our team out the playoffs before we even get there…

Not the end

September 10th, 2012
5:35 pm

Not good. But actually Owens played well on the outside last year. He just couldn’t play the slot.

We should be fine.

follow @yoursporthouse

September 10th, 2012
5:35 pm

Discuss this in my blog on yoursporthouse.com. Grimes is actually good in space, but at the goal line, he’s 2 small. My problem is Owens, is not that much better. Plus, can someone please make him take that number #21 jersey off. It’s a disgrace to Deion Sanders.

Vesaversa

September 10th, 2012
5:36 pm

Dam i hate that about Crime . Franks will have to step up now .But it seam like every time we get the missing pieces together something always happen .

Eddie

September 10th, 2012
5:43 pm

Sorry to hear about Brent Grimes, talent and heart!! Be blessed on your recovery, and hope its fast and productive.

Come on Falcons coaches and management, we need some help.

Joe Don Baker

September 10th, 2012
5:44 pm

More ‘oomph’ is needed from the D-Line now for sure. Too bad we have Ray Edwards and Abraham on the ends. An over-rated never-was, and an over the hill has-been aren’t going to stir things up. Hope Mike Nolan is a creative genius in the blitz department.

Dan

September 10th, 2012
5:45 pm

That stinks but will see then if he is really worth it? I mean if the others step up and do just great then I wouldnt mind spending some of that Grimes money on LT Jake Long next year

Falcon James

September 10th, 2012
5:46 pm

This is bad news. Dunta showed that he still stinks. Asante did not show us much more than that. We already know that Owens and Franks and lifetime backups.

I wish Grimes a speedy recovery.

tidog

September 10th, 2012
5:50 pm

Dial up more pressure front seven. You make the QB hurry his reads and throws I’ll suit up.

Getaway

September 10th, 2012
6:00 pm

Sorry to hear about Grimes, I was afraid it was his achilles when I saw him walking off.

I hope he recovers and plays again, whether in ATL or where ever his path takes him. His emergence a couple of years ago has been one of the many highlights of this current regime.

I’m not panicking over this setback, though. At least Owens isn’t being thrown to the wolves without any preparation this time. He’s grown a lot over the past year or so and has demonstrated considerable physical tools. And as yesterday proved, he’s playing with a chip on his shoulder. Maybe he’s ready to step up…

Erg

September 10th, 2012
6:10 pm

Enter your comments here

Dbl d

September 10th, 2012
6:11 pm

Where is the Saint fan, lmao

78dawg

September 10th, 2012
6:23 pm

If we don’t get pressure up front on the D-line now …we’re toast..just like that the Falcons secondary will be exposed….

The Real Rick

September 10th, 2012
6:28 pm

This is no longer a league where shut down corners truly exist …..the rules have changed to favor the receivers……I love grimes and hate to see him go down…..but even before his injury..the falcons needed more emphasis on the defensive line than in the secondary……how many times did we see the QB having all day long to throw the ball last year? A lot…..the emphasis this year w Nolan will continue to be to get in the backield. We saw the adjustments the defense against the chiefs….and it worked……if the line continues to play at that level…we will be fine…..rise up

OPEN YOUR EYES

September 10th, 2012
6:30 pm

WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!
WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!
WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!
WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!
WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!
WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!
WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!
WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!
WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!
WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!
WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!
WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!
WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!
WHAT DO FAILCANT’S DO???……………………………RISE DOWN!!!!

The Real Rick

September 10th, 2012
6:31 pm

Rise down? What does that even mean? Ignorant

Gamer

September 10th, 2012
6:34 pm

NEXT MAN UP????

DOMINIQUE FRANKS,,,CHRIS OWENS…..??????

WHO???????

WHOEVER THE NEXT MAN UP IS……HE BETTER BRING IT….BECAUSE THE FALCONS 2012 OPPONENTS GOT A HIGH CALIBER QB’S. QUARTERBACKS, WHO CAN SLING IT…

FALCONS ON THREE, DOMINATE!!!!!!!

SAD TO SAY, BUT GRIMEY MAY NOT BE BACK EVER IN FALCONS UNIFORM……….IF HE DOES COME BACK, NO BIG PAY DAY…..

W. R. Terrell

September 10th, 2012
6:38 pm

Injuries happen, good luck to Grimes with rehab, he is one helluva player and we will see him next year. The “D” line gotta step up bigtime and life goes on.

Not Again. WTF

September 10th, 2012
6:42 pm

Back to Dunta. Down the drain does the season. Broncos might score 60.

Deborah Hall

September 10th, 2012
6:44 pm

To all the negative comments about my son Brent Grimes, if you are not wishing him a successful surgery, then don’t say anything (smh), get a life

SirReal

September 10th, 2012
6:55 pm

All the pessimism is sickening. The Giants had a garbage secondary and won the title. The Pakers had a garbage secondary and won the title. The Pats had a garbage secondary and went to the Super Bowl. Come on now…ALL teams have injuries. Some are more significant than others. This is a big one but nothing we cant overcome.
@Deborah Hall If Grimey is really your kid then I wish him the best. He still has 10 million reasons to keep going. I wish him well b/c I know he wont be with us next year. Just the nature of the biz. N-ot F-or L-ong……

Surg

September 10th, 2012
7:00 pm

Dunta better be ready Monday night, because Manning use to torch the Texans annually when he was apart of the Colts, and Dunta has had many of Manning’s TDs come his way without him putting up much resistance…

GregKennesaw

September 10th, 2012
7:02 pm

I saw a report that the a’ints poached Bryce Harris off our practice squad.

Surg

September 10th, 2012
7:04 pm

*used, a part

Gamer

September 10th, 2012
7:04 pm

OF COURSE, WE WISH GRIMES A SPEEDY WHOLESOME RECOVERY.

GRIMES IS A VALUABLE PLAYER……AND ON ARTHUR BLANK PAYROLL, A VALUABLE PLAYER IN FALCONS COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS….

I PRAY GRIMES GET WELL AND COME BACK STRONGER THAN EVER IN FALCONS UNIFORM…

FALCONS ON THREE, DOMINATE!!!

Paddy

September 10th, 2012
7:04 pm

After watching us play KC , I am not going to poor mouth this team Gonna hang w/ these guys.

BamaGuy

September 10th, 2012
7:10 pm

How about some of you guys grow up and realize that adversity happens to every team. It will be about how we respond to it and overcome it that will dictate how our season goes…I know the ATL has a bad history with sports and all but we have to change the culture of how we think around here. I can think of several teams that lost more and still got the job done. . No excuses. We will win in spite of the injuries, refs, or any other outside force that decides to get in our way. That is what champions do…

Dawglasville

September 10th, 2012
7:12 pm

Decon – Respectfully agree to disagree on the Grimes/Spoon debate but I of course hope you are right about the outcome being fine. Go Birds.

MeAngelo Hall

September 10th, 2012
7:17 pm

Put me back on the squad coach. I can be good this time. *promise*

Kramer

September 10th, 2012
7:49 pm

It is obvious that Open Your Eyes is a saints fan living in denial from the weekend.

Ackshun

September 10th, 2012
7:54 pm

Let’s not forget that the loss of a player (DeAngelo Hall) gave Brent Grimes the chance to step up and become Brent Grimes. Injuries happen, the organization is ready. Maybe Dunta Robinson get better when given the chance. Either way, we are going to be just fine.

Surg

September 10th, 2012
7:54 pm

The running game HAS to get going for us to beat the Broncos….Time of possession will play a major part in beating Manning. We have to keep the ball out his hand as long as possible. To the point we might have to turn into Matty Checkdown(Dink and Dunk) to milk that clock and save our defense some energy. We will need Jason Snelling and Quizz more than we ever have this game because Turner has loss his second gear and doesn’t hit the hole as hard as he used to. D-Line must step it up too.

Steamer Lane Bulldog

September 10th, 2012
8:30 pm

I hate to hear this bad news. B Grimes keep your chin up and a speedy full recovery.

P. Manning

September 10th, 2012
8:51 pm

This is great news if your a Bronco. This means P. Manning has a good chance to pick apart our secondary like he did with Pits. He’ll probably throw opposite side of #22 and where ever D. Rob is. You can forget about improving third down conversions. I don’t have much faith in C. Owens or Franks filling in for Grimes. That is too much of a decline in talent. The offense is going to have to bail out the defense. Falcons only hope is offense outscoring Manning and Co and timely turnovers by the defense. keep the ball out of Manning’s hands and control the clock and possession. That’s probably the game plan.

HouseDivided

September 10th, 2012
9:11 pm

A good player to sign would be Chris Lewis-Harris off the Bengals practice squad. He’s from the Atlanta area and looked promising during the Bengals’ preseason games.

Sam

September 10th, 2012
9:20 pm

Crap, it means dunta is going tO get abused even more. He was playing 10 yes off thr receiver and gave up so many 3rd down conversions

b@man

September 10th, 2012
9:31 pm

Franks is under appreciated. Together they will all get the job done.

Surg

September 10th, 2012
9:31 pm

Right P. Manning… If the game goes aerial, we will have problems keeping Denver’s pass rush at bay and the pass rush is monstrous!

phil

September 10th, 2012
9:50 pm

Fire Mike Smith!!

He should’ve hidden this injury for the next 15 weeks….

native atlantan

September 10th, 2012
10:12 pm

It’s a real shame, hope the $10.2 mil he is going to get paid this year will offer him some solace. Dam overpaid atheletes.

DC from Conyers

September 10th, 2012
10:33 pm

Good luck Brent on ur surgery. Hope for a speedy recovery. I know u always gave it your best and all out on the Field. U have always had the ability to “Play Big” a Great atribute. Good luck in ur rehab. We will miss ya “Go Birds”

dave

September 10th, 2012
10:49 pm

Play one game get 10 mill, What a deal!!!

Hobbler

September 10th, 2012
10:57 pm

This is TD and Smith’s fault for refusing to go outside of our bad depth to get a quality #4 CB and keeping Owens in that slot even though he is the worst CB in the NFL. I blogged all off season this was our weak link. Hope we score 50 cause they’re going to score 49.

Ron Mexico's Water Bottle

September 10th, 2012
10:57 pm

Wow…With fans like you guys, who needs enemies?

jaz

September 10th, 2012
11:28 pm

Hey Smitty, blow some sunshine on this blog, as I hear Manning is warming up to his new-found no huddle offense.

Haha

September 10th, 2012
11:30 pm

Mccann can…..

Haha

September 10th, 2012
11:31 pm

Bryan McCann new corner…let’s go

another comment

September 10th, 2012
11:42 pm

Most of you guys are idiots. First you have no idea how diminished someone is who has had 3 cervical surgeries in 2 years. Including a 35 Year old plus professional football player.

I have had three back surgeries, followed by a minor car accident where I was rear ended. My neck sustained 3 herniated discs. I have permanent pins and neddles down my right arm, weakness in my neck. I will refuse to have surgery. Since, every back surgery has made me worse. My last two surgeries I have had one of the NFL’s best back surgeons trying to repair the damage from a minor surgery done by the local University that likes to cheat on the scores they report on who they admit to to US News. Lets just say, they also cheat on the success of their top docs. When a Spine Center Advertises on TV, run, don’t walk.

As for Peyton, you can see it in his face, how he holds himself, how he braces on the steering wheel even while he does his car commercial. That he is in pain from his neck surgeries. That his arms and hands are numb. He will never be a great quarterback again. A leader maybe, a motiator maybe.

old qb

September 11th, 2012
12:01 am

Grimes is gone and so is a big part of what the Falcons defense wanted to be.
Forget any thought of a trade–only ones out there are players that teams want to get rid of. It’s not like the season is over for any of the other 31 teams out there this early in the season.
Smitty cant compound the problem by moving Robinson to an outside corner–they got Samuel because Robinson is a liabiliity on the outside. Result is Owens or Franks with the free safety having to cover more over the top.
Franks is a physical wonder, but he’s not very bright and makes stupid mistakes. Owens plays scared. Maybe there’s someone on the waiver wire.
Now we can see why depth is so critical to go all the way. This is a major concern for the birds.

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Just Sayin.....

September 11th, 2012
12:22 am

Dang Flacco was throwing some beautiful bombs man.

Just sayin…..

Gritsfalcon

September 11th, 2012
12:23 am

Man, that hurts. I’m sorry to say I don’t have a whole lot of confidence in Owens versus opposing offense in big, 3rd down situations. I REALLY hope that I am wrong, just that I remember how G. Bay lite him up in that playoff game two seasons ago. And Monday night we get Payton Manning. At least they’ll have an extra day to prepare! Go ‘birds.

TalkReal

September 11th, 2012
1:06 am

One thing I know for sure is that we have to gamblers starting at our corner back positions. Were gonna find out very soon how important Brent’s shutdown abilities are to the team, if you’ve already forgot last years loss in the playoffs.

Cambell Soup

September 11th, 2012
1:28 am

Birdman of Falcatraz

September 10th, 2012
3:25 pm
Unfortunately you have seen the last of Brent Grimes in Atlanta. He will still want significant cash next year even coming off an injury. Having been lost 2 years in a row, can we take a gamble bringing his small body but huge heart back in the fold?

——————————————————————–
My sentiments, exactly; however-I really didn’t quite buy into keeping him for the future. He’s too small and fragile for the kind of durable corner in the NFL. The franchise tag was instituted IMO-because of something that would happen-such as this. Two years of injuries just ain’t going to cut it in this league. Stick a fork in Grimes-cause he’s done in Atlanta.

Columbus

September 11th, 2012
2:23 am

Where is Dominique Foxworth when we need him….Bring back Prime Time

Columbus

September 11th, 2012
2:25 am

Just going to have to have a better pass rush….

Captain Falkunt

September 11th, 2012
3:18 am

Grimes had ONE interception last season. ONE INTERCEPTION. Hope he heals up and wish him well, but he’s not a very good corner, and makes one wonder why Smith spent so much money on him when you could plug literally ANYONE in there and get one interception. ONE INTERCEPTION in TWELVE GAMES? Hell, plug my grandma in there and she will probably get one ball thrown right to here as well.

jay

September 11th, 2012
4:20 am

Captain Falkunt, you can’t go by interceptions alone when determining the worth of a cornerback. When DeAngelo Hall played for the Falcons, he caught alot of interceptions but he also got burned ALOT.

You have to look at less heralded intangibles like passes defensed, touchdowns allowed, pass interference and holding calls, chemistry the Safety….

jay

September 11th, 2012
4:21 am

I meant “chemistry WITH the safety.”

Samuel

September 11th, 2012
4:49 am

It will all play out but Owens has to step-up and Franks get’s a big break. Who can take advantage of the situation? or they’ll have to go outside to get some help.

robertussen

September 11th, 2012
6:48 am

foxworth retired so i was wrong on that one, but brian willams is still out there and even though he is old, he knows atl and would be better in the nickel if we move robinson back to corner than putting owens in there

falconneil

September 11th, 2012
7:34 am

Apart from stating the obvious facts that we all know already, shouldn’t a reporter from a big newspaper actually do some digging? Find us what FA corners are out there, call around and see if any teams cut any decent veteran corners. Come on AJC, actually earn your paychecks please.

dalegribble

September 11th, 2012
7:58 am

Great point falconneil. Maybe it’s the new world of media, but it seems as if reporters throw a topic out there for discussion and leave the fans to do the heavy lifting. You would think that an NFL franchise would merit intense coverage in its hometown newspaper.

Esquire

September 11th, 2012
8:14 am

ThereisASeen sighting

September 10th, 2012
3:06 pm

DLED any lead on what we might do? Anyone available to bring in? Any money to do so? Can the next man up handle the pressure now? I have questions………you got answers?

_______________________________________
Chris wrote the story and it’s got your answers in the story. Read it.

JSS

September 11th, 2012
8:18 am

@ Ledbetter…
When is Ray Anderson going to come down with fines or punishment for Chris Owens for the fight that broke out on the sidelines?

Williams was a slot corner, you need someone who cover outside technique…

Esquire

September 11th, 2012
8:36 am

@Cambell Soup & @ Birdman of Falcatraz

Unfortunately you have seen the last of Brent Grimes in Atlanta. He will still want significant cash next year even coming off an injury. Having been lost 2 years in a row, can we take a gamble bringing his small body but huge heart back in the fold?

——————————————————————–
My sentiments, exactly; however-I really didn’t quite buy into keeping him for the future. He’s too small and fragile for the kind of durable corner in the NFL. The franchise tag was instituted IMO-because of something that would happen-such as this. Two years of injuries just ain’t going to cut it in this league. Stick a fork in Grimes-cause he’s done in Atlanta.
***************************************************************************

Though I don’t share your reasonings I would not argue that Grimes will be back next year, not as a Falcon anyway. So between him and Turner, that’s significant cap space next year.

Esquire

September 11th, 2012
8:43 am

Grimes won’t get anywhere near $10mil money as a free agent next year, not coming off Achilles surgery. That is why there would be a glimmer of possibility he could re-sign with the Falcons.

lukum58

September 11th, 2012
8:53 am

This is going to make a whole new scheme for the falcons. This is so bad. Grimes is going to be missed. It’s going to put more pressure on the safties as well as dunta and Asante. That pash rush they were getting may not be enough now and QBs are going to be throwing where Brent grimes would be. Even though he’s a small guy and isn’t the best CB in the league, within the falcons organization this is a huge huge huge loss

lukum58

September 11th, 2012
8:54 am

And if grimes would have played against the giants last year the game might have been closer maybe even won. I was there. Torched the other side where grimes should have been

JSS

September 11th, 2012
8:58 am

“that’s significant cap space next year.”

You’re not going to have any cap space savings, even if they go away, you have Ryan’s extension (the bonus alone will eat that up)…

Augustabred

September 11th, 2012
9:07 am

This is a huge loss!!! For those of you who keep saying Grimes is too small, HE IS THE SAME EXACT SIZE AS SAMUELS AND ROBINSON!!! BIGGER THAN OWENS!!! And another thing, he’s been the best corner in ATL in a long time! Some of you apparently don’t watch a lot of football if you think he’s not a good corner. Almost every play he’s in position. There is no such thing as a shut down corner because every single one of them (CB) gets a pass thrown their way that will be caught. He will also take a runner heads up unlike a lot of db’s who fly and just try and throw a shoulder at them. The only bright spot about this whole thing is that we lost him early on so Franks/Owens will have more time to get it together.

Augustabred

September 11th, 2012
9:10 am

His interceptions went down because QB’s stopped throwing his way…hhhmmmm Drew Brees!!!!

True Falcon Fan

September 11th, 2012
9:16 am

Hey ZERO: There you go AAAgain, running that 14 D “BIG FLAPPER” —- check it out why would there be a penalty, you are such a MORON!!!!!!!!!

http://www.clarionledger.com/usatoday/article/841816&usatref=sportsmod?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Cimg%7CSports%7Cp

Sad to Grimes go out for the season, he will be missed for sure, hopefully Owens steps-up to the job..

Go Falcons, Great win, Manning and the Broncos next

True Falcon Fan

September 11th, 2012
9:18 am

That’s a “BOTOX” flapper for sure………….

Samuel

September 11th, 2012
9:19 am

Let’s not panic Falcon faithful hopefully Franks or Owens can step-up, if not you have to bring somebody in who can fill that void. Least we forget the Packers and Patriots.

D man

September 11th, 2012
9:38 am

I like Franks, didn’t understand why we cut him to begin with. Owens is not a good CB. Hope he sits on the bench.

Statick

September 11th, 2012
9:48 am

Put Owens on the outside and leave Dunta at nickel. Problem solved.

True Falcon Fan

September 11th, 2012
10:20 am

Hey the way Dunta looked most of the game it maybe better to sit his A$$ and play Franks & Owens…

Go Falcons!!!

TDnoclue

September 11th, 2012
10:21 am

Time to cut this guy. Never was worth the money that he wanted.
Now, lets cut TD because he has no clue.

harold

September 11th, 2012
10:35 am

i really think chris owens will step up he was a shut down corner on the outside in college bad what happened to grimes he was my fav player leave dunte in the slot and play chris outside i think we will be alright

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St Simons

September 11th, 2012
10:49 am

um, Peyton Manning – um, Chris Owens

oh no i’ve seen this movie

Justin

September 11th, 2012
11:29 am

what do you guys think about bryant mcfadden filling in at least temporarily?

True Falcon Fan

September 11th, 2012
11:37 am

10:21 —- is that you “ZERO” — sure sounds like a “DUMBA$$” remark from you for sure!

Go Falcons!!

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fthat

September 11th, 2012
11:47 am

Why do you all assume matt ryan n julio jones n roddy white cant outscore the broncos with or without grimes defensive thwarts??? Because they can…and WILL…scared fans scared money…smh…we goin all the WAY watch..

Nowwehaveasecondary!

September 11th, 2012
12:38 pm

I agree with all of those who have made a comment before this one that D. Robinson must stay in the slot and C. Owens needs to take Brent Grimes right corner position.

Christopher Owens has, without a doubt, proven he cannot play the nickel back position. He is at his best as a right or left corner back.

If the Falcons coaching staff moves D. Robinson back to the outside, then we will have two corner backs playing out of position as the result of the loss of one player.

True Falcon Fan

September 11th, 2012
12:42 pm

11:47 — ComONman, tell it like it is,,,,I’m liken all you say,,,that’s for sure!!!!!!

Go Falcons, Broncos next

Bird Dawg Country

September 11th, 2012
1:11 pm

1st big contract and gets hurt….happens too often.

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GAbe

September 11th, 2012
2:47 pm

Somebody said it . We are CURSED. It sure feels that way. WE get samuels only to lose Grimes. WTF! Its like all of the good players get hurt. Good luck grimes, gonna miss you, he brought alot to the secondary. Then again this happens to many teams and the 2nd stringers make up for it. DAM.

Dominique Foxworth

September 11th, 2012
2:58 pm

Falcons signed CB Terrence Johnson who was the colts slot CB last year. Former undrafted FA signed by the NE Pats who played for Indy last year. 5′9″ 185lbs. Went to Cal. No not that Cal. California Pennsylvania….Home of the Vulcans.

A Logical signing no doubt, but Gentlemen, the Chris Owens Era is upon us! Go Git en Dog!

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brad

September 11th, 2012
4:14 pm

We wont miss him .He had an attitude problem anyway. 5′6″ corners area novelty. His career is over. Move on and thank god we didn’t blow big bucks on a shrimp’s contract.

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[...] Brent Grimes out for the season [...]

[...] Brent Grimes out for the season [...]

[...] Brent Grimes out for the season [...]

Enkinan

September 12th, 2012
1:13 pm

What a damn shame, my favorite player on defense. It’s a good thing we picked up Samuel or this would be even worse than it is now.

logan3022

September 12th, 2012
6:23 pm

Well, as a long time Falcons fan, I cannot say I am surprised. This team peed in somebody’s Cosmic Karma laden Wheaties at some point! I agree with others, it is time for Edwards to step up, I think 55, and da bierman are up for it, I hope Edwards is too. And get Babsy in more too!

[...] Brent Grimes out for the season [...]

[...] Brent Grimes out for the season [...]

[...] Brent Grimes out for the season [...]

[...] Brent Grimes out for the season [...]

[...] Brent Grimes out for the season [...]

[...] Brent Grimes out for the season [...]