Brent Grimes will be sidelined

The Atlanta Falcons will be without starting cornerback Brent Grimes for at least a couple of weeks, coach Mike Smith said Wednesday.

GrimesGrimesGrimes will have minor surgery on his knee Thursday, Smith said. Grimes injured his knee early in Sunday’s victory against Minnesota.

With Grimes out, Christopher Owens likely will move into the starting lineup opposite Dunta Robinson, and Dominique Franks likely will be the nickel back. Veteran Kelvin Hayden, who had played nickel back earlier in the season, is likely to remain sidelined with a toe injury.

Smith also said left tackle Sam Baker had a medical procedure done on his back during the team’s bye week. Baker has been practicing the past two weeks, but Smith said he’s not 100 percent and Will Svitek remains the starter.