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Sunday, August 8, 2010
Atlanta's Michael Jenkins out 4-6 weeks

By Pat Yasinskas

BUFORD, Ga. – The Falcons just sent out an e-mail with some bad news. Starting receiver Michael Jenkins will miss four to six weeks with a shoulder injury.

That time frame means it’s possible Jenkins might not be healthy for the start of the regular season and could boost third-year pro Harry Douglas into the starting lineup. Ideally, the Falcons like to use Roddy White as their No. 1 receiver and Jenkins is a complementary player as the No. 2 receiver. He doesn’t put up flashy numbers, but is a solid possession receiver and a strong blocker in the running game. The Falcons had been planning to use Douglas as the slot receiver.

The Jenkins injury could change things. Rookie Kerry Meier and veteran Brian Finneran now have chances to take on more significant roles. It’s also possible the Falcons could look to sign another receiver.

"You are always concerned anytime any of your players goes down with an injury," said Falcons coach Mike Smith. "One thing I am certain of is that Michael will work very hard with our athletic performance staff and our training staff to get back out on the field as soon as possible."