Originally posted on ajc.com  |  Last updated 12/1/11

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: Brent Grimes #20 of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled after his interception against the New York Giants on November 22, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
  Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes has a good shot to be back for the New Orleans game on Dec. 26. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes underwent successful surgery to repair his right knee Thursday. “We’ve been in communication with him, and he’s finished with the procedure,” coach Mike Smith said. The Falcons have not set a timetable for his return, but players with similar surgeries are out two to three weeks, according to Dr. Jonathan Glashow, an orthopedic surgeon and co-chief of sports medicine at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center. Grimes had been playing with the injury since the Detroit game Oct. 23. “We see a lot of players who get tears mid-season and we try to put the surgery off until after the season if they don’t bother them so much,” said Glashow, who has been a medical consultant for ESPN. “Sometimes the tears get so big and bothersome that they interfere with their function or ability to run. …
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