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Mike Smith "Hopeful" Michael Jenkins And Erik Coleman Will Play Sunday

The Atlanta Falcons have had a relatively light injury report through the first three weeks of the season and this week they hope to have an even cleaner report with the possible return of WR Michael Jenkins and S Erik Coleman.

From Jay Adams and the official site:

On whether he is hopeful that WR Michael Jenkins and S Erik Coleman will be back Sunday:
"We are hopeful that we’ll get those guys back. Again. Erik Coleman was a scratch from the game this past week as well as Michael Jenkins. I think it’s going to really have a whole lot of bearing in terms of where they’re going to be based on what they’re able to do Wednesday and Thursday. I know they’re anxious to get back. Again, the final say will be the people in our Athletic Performance and the doctors, in terms of these guys are ready to go. Again, it’s a long season and we don’t want to make decisions just based on one game. We want to make decisions based on what is best for our football team over the 16 games of the regular season."

Jenkins' shoulder injury was originally diagnosed as a four-to-six week injury but now we're heading into the eighth week without the services of number 12. He was limited in practice last week and didn't suit up against the Saints so hopefully the Falcons were playing it safe and he'll be able to suit up against the 49ers this week. Of course, the Falcons are sixth in the NFL in points scored so they haven't exactly been treading water waiting for Jenkins' return.

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