Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

10 May 2009

Peria Jerry Sprains Knee

You know, I haven't even written the "Falcons were really healthy last year" articles yet, and Peria Jerry's already gone down with a "sprained" knee.

Totally anecdotal, but I feel like the percentage of these injuries that actually end up being announced as torn ACL's the following day (after the swelling has gone down) has to be at about 85.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 10 May 2009

12 comments, Last at 11 May 2009, 8:57am by Jimmy


by Montana to Rice (not verified) :: Sun, 05/10/2009 - 7:36am

I assume he has not signed his contract. Sounds like a good topic for an article.

by John Doe (not verified) :: Sun, 05/10/2009 - 1:58pm

In case of injury, unsigned rookies are payed a salary based on their draft spot or lack of one. If the 15th overall pick gets injured without a contract he'll be guaranteed to make somewhere between the 14th and 16th overall picks.

by DomM (not verified) :: Sun, 05/10/2009 - 3:02pm

Yeah, the Pats lost third round pick Tyrone McKenzie to a torn ACL on the first day of their rookie minicamp. Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe came up with an interesting explanation of how the process for negotiating with injured rookies works: http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/2009/05/mcke...

by johnnyxel :: Sun, 05/10/2009 - 8:06am

Last year, he tore his lateral meniscus on the same knee, and missed the season opener.

by lazy widderslainte (not verified) :: Sun, 05/10/2009 - 9:24am

I haven't even written the "Falcons were really healthy last year" articles yet

I'm curious to see what the average injury level is, or how it is measured. Sure they didn't have any starters go down in Week One or Mid-Season, but their starting LT only covered about half the season. Most of their "big" injuries happened in training camp or preseason, where they lost the projected starters at WR, CB, and DT for most or all of the season as well as two of their rookies.

by TruFalcon (not verified) :: Sun, 05/10/2009 - 5:44pm

He went down on Saturday morning and reports of a minor sprain were released Saturday evening. Nothing to see here.

by Jimmy :: Sun, 05/10/2009 - 5:53pm

Dan Baziun 'sprained' his knee in the rookie minicamp soon after the draft. Two knee surgeries later he wasn't the same player and got cut.

I am not saying it is neccessarily the same but it should be concerning to Colts fans.

by shake n bake :: Sun, 05/10/2009 - 8:33pm

"it should be concerning to Colts fans."

I'd think It'd be more concerning to Falcons fans.

by Bobman :: Mon, 05/11/2009 - 1:39am

No, no, no, as a Colts fan I am deeply concerned. I blame it on our well-known humanitarian nature, our selfless desire to heal, and our abiding love for all mankind (ya big jerk).

Okay, so maybe it was a mental typo. Everyone (including me) assumed we'd pick him in the draft. But I agree--no matter how concerned big-hearted Colts fans are (and we are!), Falcons fans should be a tad more concerned.

by Jimmy :: Mon, 05/11/2009 - 8:57am

OK my bad. I must have seen too many mock drafts with him going to the Colts or something. Apologies to Colts fans and all concern should now be transferred to the nearest Falcons fan you can find.

by Theo :: Tue, 05/12/2009 - 10:03am


by Theo :: Tue, 05/12/2009 - 10:04am