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Atlanta's Robinson, Jerry could miss game vs Pats
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Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry (94) works against New England Patriots center Ryan Wendell, left, during NFL football training camp Tuesday in Flowery Branch. - photo by Paul Abell

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Atlanta Falcons aren't sure if cornerback Dunta Robinson and defensive tackle Peria Jerry will play against New England in a home preseason game Thursday.

They are among three starters who could be sidelined when the Falcons (1-0) face the Patriots (1-0).
Robinson, who signed a free-agent contract in March with $22.5 million guaranteed, has missed two weeks with a strained hamstring.

Jerry, a 2009 first-round draft pick who was on injured reserve for the final 12 weeks with a knee injury, has been limited during training camp and sat out last week's 20-10 win over Kansas City.

"There are a number of guys (injured)," coach Mike Smith told reporters Wednesday, "and we'll make a decision a couple of hours before the game on whether if they are going to play or not."

The Falcons and Patriots practiced against each other at Atlanta's complex on Tuesday, when starting defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson hurt his knee.

"He left practice yesterday and he's a little sore today," Smith said. "But everybody is a little sore at this time in camp. We'll see where he is."

Other significant role players who might miss the game are cornerback Brent Grimes, safety William Moore and cornerback Brian Williams.

Robinson is the left-side starting cornerback. Williams is expected to start on the right side.

Starting receiver Michael Jenkins is out the next two to four weeks with a shoulder injury, but Harry Douglas appears ready. Douglas missed last season with a knee injury and was held out of a team scrimmage two weeks ago and the Kansas City exhibition.

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