Late Wednesday afternoon, we got the news we all feared that CB Brent Grimes will be forced to miss some playing time, after minor surgery on the knee injury that was re aggravated during the Vikings game last Sunday.
Grimes, has been stunning so far this season in coverage, shutting down the opponents’ best receiver allowing our Defense to do a lot of different things. His absence will really be felt as he is arguably the most important cog on this defense and without him our pass defense will certainly be weaker.
Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t stop there as the ideal replacement on the roster for Grimes, would have been Kelvin Hayden. Sadly it looks like he will also miss the game against the Texans, meaning the Falcons cornerback depth will seriously be stretched.
Dunta Robinson will still remain the starter at RCB as ever but the opposite side will look very different. It looks like Chris Owens will be the starter at LCB over Dominique Franks, who made a few errors in the Vikings game. However, Franks will still retain the nickel corner spot and the Falcons coaching staff are excited to see how he performs.
The game against Houston will also likely see the NFL debut for CB Darrin Walls, the UDFA out of Notre Dame, that had a stellar training camp and preseason to earn a roster spot. Walls has been inactive every game so far this season, but will almost certainly be active against the Texans and I am personally eager to see what he has got to offer. While I don’t expect him to see that much of the field on defense due to the Texans operating run heavy formations to protect the rookie QB TJ Yates.
While Grimes’ absence is devastating, it will be a good opportunity to see how our young corners fare against a challenging opponent in a meaningful game.