FLOWERY BRANCH–Falcons coach Mike Smith said starting defensive tackle Peria Jerry did not suffer any structural damage to his knee Sunday against the Cowboys and is hopeful Jerry will be able to practice this week in preparation for Sunday’s game at New Orleans.
Jerry left in the second quarter of Atlanta’s 19-13 victory over the Cowboys. Smith said Jerry has swelling in the knee but no ligament or cartilage damage.
“He had a study done on it today,” Smith said. “We are anticipating he should be out with us by the end of the week. It’s not anything like [Jerry's] knee injury of two years ago. We are hoping to get him a few days rest and let him get a lot of rest and he will be back out with us.”
Jerry suffered a season-ending knee injury in September 2009.
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon missed the Cowboys game with an ankle injury. Smith said there’s a possibility Weatherspoon will be a game-time decision but hopes he will be able to practice this week.
“This is his eighth day of intensive treatment,” Smith said. “He progressed well through the first week. We will have to wait and see. We will know where he’s at Wednesday or Thursday.
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