Falcons' Kerry Meier out for season

Atlanta Falcons receiver Kerry Meier will miss his entire rookie season, a team official said Friday night.

Meier, a fifth-round pick out of Kansas, suffered a knee injury in Thursday night's preseason loss to New England. The team official did not know the exact nature of Meier's injury, but said it was significant.

The Falcons thought Meier had a chance to contribute in their receiver rotation and on special teams this season. He left Kansas as the school's all-time leading receiver and the Falcons were fans of his physical style and blocking ability. The Falcons also will be without starter Michael Jenkins (shoulder) for at least the rest of the preseason.

The Falcons hope Jenkins will be ready for the Sept. 12 opener with Pittsburgh. They also are counting on Harry Douglas, who missed last year with a knee injury, as their No. 3 receiver. Meier's injury probably means Eric Weems and Brian Finneran will be Atlanta's fourth and fifth receivers.

Pat Yasinskas covers the NFC South for ESPN.com.