Roundup: Jerry’s injury still a concern for Falcons?

The Atlanta Falcons didn’t get much from 2009 first-round pick Peria Jerry during his rookie season, thanks to a knee injury that was never fully disclosed.

Jerry played in two games before he was placed on injured reserve with what Steve Wyche reported as a bone-related injury, and not a torn ACL.  The Falcons never did reveal the nature of the injury, and according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution rumors continue to fly about the specifics of the season-ending injury.

The report, however, doesn’t say what those rumors are, leading us to presume that if rumors persist about Jerry’s health, then he may not be completely healthy. Considering the void that was created following his injury, and that he was held out of offseason minicamps or OTAs, the latest rumors (even with no details) aren’t encouraging for Falcons fans.

The progress of Jerry, and the Falcons’ plans in the middle, will be something to keep an eye on when they open camp on July 29.

Here are a few other reports that got my attention:

  • It looks like Chris Clemons is the “clear-cut” favorite to win the Dolphins’ free safety job, says Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Rookie Reshad Jones and Tyrone Culver are expected to provide the competition.
  • Another safety position battle could take place in San Francisco, but Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle doesn’t believe rookie Taylor Mays is ready to unseat Michael Lewis as the starter.
  • First round picks should start putting pen to paper soon, and negotiations between Dez Bryant and the Cowboys began on Monday, according to David Moore of The Dallas Morning News.
  • Albert Breer of The Boston Globe says the Patriots and the reps for first-round pick Devin McCourty have engaged in contract talks for two weeks, but an option bonus continues to be a sticking point. Patriots rookies report to camp on July 25. 
  • Terrell Suggs told his weight is down, and thinks he is back to where he “can be dominant.” Suggs recently defended his decision to work out on his own and skip the Ravens’ voluntary workouts.
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