September 26, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes (20) intercepts a pass over New Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson (19) during the first quarter at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Apparently the New Orleans Saints aren’t the only team dealing with injuries in their secondary on Sunday. The Atlanta Falcons announced that cornerback Brent Grimes is lost for the season after tearing his Achilles tendon yesterday.
Grimes suffered the injury in the Falcons 40-24 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs and will require surgery. Also even more damaging for Grimes is that he is also currently under the franchise tag after he and the organization couldn’t come to terms on a new contract.
He was expected to be part of a lethal trio involving fellow cornerbacks Asante Samuel and Dunta Robinson. The Falcons were being hyped as having one of the best secondaries coming into the regular season.
Being able to play the inside or outside cornerback position, Grimes was know for being an instinctive ball hawk who made acrobatic interceptions and gave even the most elite quarterbacks like Drew Brees some pause in throwing his direction.
It’s unclear if the Falcons will bring in a free agent cornerback to replace him or if they will use Dominique Franks who they released after the preseason but recently re-signed to the roster. The free agent cornerback market is currently pretty dry for any solid players.