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With former Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes out for the season, the Atlanta Falcons are counting on four career backups to fill the void.
Losing Grimes to a torn Achilles tendon means the Falcons must face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Monday night without their best cornerback.
Christopher Owens and Dominique Franks have struggled in the past for Atlanta, but the team is counting on both players to take plenty of snaps.
Falcons coach Mike Smith says that Robert McClain, who signed as a free agent in January, and Terrence Johnson, who signed as a free agent on Tuesday, will compete for snaps, too, as the season goes on.
''We've got guys that have played in games that are going to have to step up and take that role,'' Smith said on Tuesday. ''And maybe a couple of guys instead of one based on the game plan that week. We're going to have to disperse our defense a little bit differently than what we did this past week.''
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FLOWERY BRANCH – Once the word surfaced that the Falcons had lost cornerback Brent Grimes for the season there were two reactions that could have set in within the team. First there was panic followed by a quick dash to see which veterans were still hanging out in free agency.
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Atlanta cornerback Brent Grimes, a 2010 Pro-Bowler whom the Falcons used their franchise tag upon this past offseason, was placed on the injured reserve list and will miss the rest of the season, head coach Mike Smith said on Monday.
Smith said Grimes would have surgery and that the recovery time would extend beyond the end of the season.
The pass defense has...
The Atlanta Falcons have lost cornerback Brent Grimes to a season-ending Achilles tendon injury.
Grimes went out in the fourth quarter of Atlanta's 40-24 win at Kansas City in the season opener. Coach Mike Smith announced Monday the cornerback will need surgery, costing Atlanta one of its best defensive backs.
Grimes was a Pro Bowler in the 2010 season and got the franchise...
Brent Grimes signed his one year, 10+ million dollar franchise player tender offered by the Atlanta Falcons on April 24, 2012. Initially, he wasn’t interested in signing the document, considering holding out for a long term deal, however, when the Falcons made a few roster moves in the secondary he decided it was time to [...]
Atlanta cornerback Brent Grimes, a 2010 Pro-Bowler whom the Falcons
used their franchise tag upon this past offseason, was placed on
the injured reserve list and will miss the rest of the season, head
coach Mike Smith said on Monday.
According to NFL.com and countless others, Brent Grimes is going onto the Falcons Injury-Reserve list. He has suffered a serious Achilles injury. This is a huge loss for Atlanta. I cannot put into words how sorry I feel for Brent Grimes and the organization.
Yesterday, we learned that Brent Grimes was lost for the season. Have no fear, today the Falcons signed cornerback Terrence Johnson to take his place on the roster. Wait a minute...who is Terrence Johnson?
Are you out of your Vulcan mind?
So who is Terrance Johnson? He was originally signed by New England after being undrafted in 2010. His first game action was in Indianapolis...
Cornerback Brent Grimes was placed on injured reserve with the Achilles tendon injury he suffered in Sunday's season opener. Cornerback Terrance Johnson was signed by Atlanta to fill Grimes' roster spot. An undrafted rookie free agent out of California University of Pennsylvania in 2010, he originally signed with the Patriots. After being waived by New England, Johnson...
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Their offense was as advertised as they put up 40 on the Chiefs in Kansas City, though the Chiefs were missing their top two defenders. Speaking of missing defenders, the Falcons will be without top cornerback Brent Grimes for the entire season with a torn Achilles, which puts a damper on an otherwise good day for Falcons fans as they won on the road...
On any given week, the NFL can leave us with some devastating injuries on the field. Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season was no exception.
First, to the biggest injury of the weekend. The Atlanta Falcons have lost cornerback Brent Grimes for the entire season with an Achilles injury. Grimes was designated as the Franchise Tag player for the Falcons this season, but he will now be forced...