Falcons’ Brent Grimes Placed On Injured Reserve
The Atlanta Falcons suffered their first big blow of the 2012 season, with Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Jay Adams of the team’s official website reports via Twitter that a MRI on Grimes Monday morning revealed an Achilles injury that will end his season. The 29-year-old left Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs with what at first appeared to be a calf injury. He had six solo tackles up until that point.
This is bad news for the Falcons, but it’s even worse for Grimes. The Falcons still have veterans Dunta Robinson and Asante Samuel, who are 30 and 31 years old, respectively. For Grimes, this could mean he won’t be back with the team next season, after receiving the franchise tag from the Falcons this off-season rather than a new long-term deal. If he is back next season, it will likely be at a reduced salary.
Grimes is arguably the Falcons best defensive player, but they have enough play-makers to counter the loss. Then again, it may not matter when your offense puts up 40 points like they did against the Chiefs.
Atlanta was shaping up to be a solid defense on paper entering week one, and fared well enough against the Chiefs. However, the loss of Grimes could put significant pressure on their secondary, which could also in turn affect their normally solid run defense. They could quickly become a fantasy matchup to target with wide receivers and tight ends.