Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Douglas, Jerry should be ready for camp
By Pat Yasinskas
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Just came back from the NFC coaches breakfast at the owners meetings and wanted to give you an update from Atlanta coach Mike Smith on the Falcons’ injuries.
Quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turner, who had injuries late last season, are fine, Smith said. Safety William Moore and defensive tackle Peria Jerry, who missed almost all of their rookie seasons with injuries, are progressing. Receiver Harry Douglas, who tore up his knee in training camp last year, also is coming along.
“Peria and Harry, both those guys are probably going to be guys who won’t participate in our minicamps or our OTAs, but they should be ready to go in training camp,’’ Smith said. “Harry will be about 11 months and Peria will be about 10 months. Matt Ryan, we started off our offseason program and he participated in it this week. Michael Turner started participating in it this week. We’ve got a couple of other guys that had some minor cleanup procedures after the season that aren’t participating right now. But we anticipate that by minicamp we should have everybody but Peria and Harry Douglas.’’