Ray Edwards had knee surgery

Defensive end Ray Edwards, the crown jewel of free agency for the Falcons, will miss the preseason opener Friday, coach Mike Smith told the media Thursday morning.

EdwardsEdwardsSmith said Edwards had knee surgery sometime during the lockout and isn’t quite ready to participate in a game. Smith said the procedure was minor and Edwards wasn’t around to elaborate.

Edwards was signed away from Minnesota for a five-year deal worth $27.25 million, and the Falcons view him as an explosive pass-rusher who will team with John Abraham to put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Missing a preseason game or two isn’t that big a deal. The important thing here is for the Falcons to have Edwards completely healthy for when they open the regular season in Chicago.