FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith talked after Monday morning’s joint practice with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the main topic was the shoulder injury to wide receiver Michael Jenkins.
Smith said the injury happened when Jenkins landed awkwardly on his shoulder in Friday night’s team scrimmage. Smith wouldn’t elaborate on the exact nature of the injury, but was adamant a report that surgery would be required was inaccurate. Smith said rest and rehabilitation should heal Jenkins’ shoulder.
Smith stayed with the time frame of four to six weeks that the team first announced Sunday night. Smith said that should mean more first-team opportunities for Harry Douglas and Eric Weems when the Falcons open their preseason schedule at home Friday night with Kansas City. Smith also said rookie Kerry Meier probably will move higher in the rotation.
The time frame the Falcons are providing puts Jenkins’ estimated return somewhere close to the regular-season opener with Pittsburgh. The Falcons aren’t going to get more specific than that because they need to see how Jenkins responds to surgery.
But fellow starting receiver Roddy White said he expects Jenkins to be back for the start of the season.