Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards underwent knee surgery during the NFL lockout and will not play in the Falcons' preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins on Friday, coach Mike Smith told the media Wednesday morning. Smith said the surgery was "a minor procedure." Edwards had retreated to the locker room before the media were allowed to speak to the players, so he has yet to offer any public comment himself.
Edwards joined the Falcons as a free agent, having spent the first five seasons of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. In 2010, he tallied eight sacks and 28 tackles in 14 appearances.
Additionally, running back Michael Turner, who earned a Pro Bowl berth after leading Atlanta with 1371 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 2010, also underwent surgery during the lockout. His operation was on his groin, but Smith says Turner will play Friday against Miami. He had missed the last two days of practice for personal reasons, but returned Wednesday.