Falcons must go on without DT Jerry

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

Some very bad news out of Atlanta. Coach Mike Smith just announced that rookie defensive tackle Peria Jerry will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Jerry

It’s not a huge surprise because it was pretty obvious Sunday that Jerry’s injury was serious and Falcons’ scouts were scanning lists of available defensive tackles Sunday night. The worst-case scenario was confirmed Monday.

Jerry had been off to a solid start, playing next to Jonathan Babineaux. Thomas Johnson, who was rotating in behind those two, likely will move into the starting role.

The Falcons also have Trey Lewis, who has been inactive for the first two games and he likely will become the third defensive tackle. The Falcons also plan to activate Vance Walker from the practice squad and may consider bringing in another defensive tackle.