The rumblings about Falcons PRE-preseason injuries have already started — where else? — in the Falcons Vent.
“When the season starts Jerry, Baker, and Abraham will be ready so quit grumbling” and “I hope that Jerry isn’t going to be the next Sam Baker … a 1st rounder who spends more time on injured reserve than in the game” turned up in the Sports Vent Guy’s email this morning.
Defensive tackle Peria Jerry suffered a mild right knee sprain during Saturday’s mini-camp and did not practice on Sunday. The Falcons’ first-round draft pick had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee last August to repair a torn meniscus.
Defensive end John Abraham and kicker Jason Elam joined defensive back Von Hutchins (broken foot), offensive lineman Alex Stepanovich (back) and cornerback David Irons (knee) were on the list of players being held out of mini-camp workouts this past Friday. Abraham had nerve, shoulder and neck ailments. He started all 17 games last season, but he left the game early against Carolina on Nov. 23.
And rookie left tackle Sam Baker underwent a discectomy — a surgical procedure on herniated disc material in his lower back in an attempt to relieve the pain in his hip — in October 2008. Baker started only five games for Atlanta last season. Baker took part in this spring’s mini-camp.
YOU TELL US: Looking down the road to the 2009 season, which Falcons do you think absolutely MUST remain healthy in order for Atlanta to repeat as a playoff team (or just to post back-to-back winning seasons, which hasn’t yet been done)? Is there anyone you’re particularly worried about, health-wise, based on past injury history?