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Falcons-Eagles: Rejoice! Or Shrug Mightily! WR Michael Jenkins To Make Debut In Philly...Finally.

When Michael Jenkins injured his shoulder during the Friday Night Lights scrimmage on August 6, his recovery was estimated at four-to-six weeks. Now, over 10 weeks later, he'll make his debut against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The long, national nightmare is finally over. Now we can finally put to rest the mystery surrounding Jenkins' injury which had D. Orlando Ledbetter wondering aloud if the injury was more serious than the Falcons were letting on.

Only shoulder injury that has taken this long that I can remeber was a pinched nerved suffered by Former Packer Santana Dotson.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

I wonder if Mike Jenkins, who's inactive again, has a pinched nerved in his shoulder. They nerves endings have a mind of their own.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Hate playing Doctor, but something is wrong with his "shoulder." He was hurt on Aug. 6 and still hasn't fully returned to practice.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


Pat Yasinskas chimes in:

Smith sounded like he plans to insert Jenkins right back into his spot as the No. 2 starting receiver opposite Roddy White. Harry Douglas had been starting, with Brian Finneran and Eric Weems also getting play time. But the Falcons ideally want to use Douglas as the slot receiver. Although Jenkins never has put up prolific numbers, he’s viewed as a dependable possession receiver and also is considered one of the league’s top receivers when it comes to run blocking.

While the "run blocker argument" has been discounted, Jenkins really can't be any less productive than Harry Douglas has been. I was a big HD supporter but he's done nothing to show he can be a big-time No. 2 receiver. Here's hoping Jenkins' return will open things up for Douglas in the slot.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.