FLOWERY BRANCH — When Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes was announced as inactive for Sunday’s final regular season game against Tampa Bay, I wondered if the move was just precautionary or if he’d had a setback with his surgically-repaired knee.
It turns out it was both.
Grimes said Wednesday that his knee did take a turn for the worse last week but the move was more precautionary than anything.
“It tightened up on me,” said Grimes. “It’s a little sore. Nothing serious, he [Coach Mike Smith] was just taking care of me.”
Smith’s action to sit Grimes was absolutely the right move. The Falcons didn’t need Grimes to win the game, and the extra rest should do wonders for the recovery of his knee. Grimes said he always wants to play, but being told to sit out was OK by him. He understood a more healthy knee is the ultimate goal.
Grimes did not practice Wednesday in preparation for the Sunday playoff game in New York against the Giants, but he said he’d be ready.
“Yeah,” said Grimes. “I expect to play.”