Head coach Mike Smith's first day-after press conference of 2012 was expected to be a happy one after the Falcons handled business in Kansas City with a 40-24 win over the Chiefs.
Instead, Smith started out with some bad news: Cornerback
"This morning, Brent Grimes had an MRI and it indicated that he has an Achilles tendon injury and he will be placed on the reserve-injured list this afternoon," Smith said Monday.
Smith said he and the coaching staff will set about to figure out what the new nickel package will be, but
"Brent's made a number of plays. Since he's been here, he's been a cornerstone at the corner position, both left and right," Smith said. "It's the next-man-up mentality, and that's how you have to approach it. We've got a number of guys that have play time on our roster right now, and it's something we'll, as a coaching staff, put together what we feel like is the best plan in terms of how we'll configure our nickel package."