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Old 09-21-2009, 01:10 PM   #1268
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Falcons lose first-rounder Jerry for the season

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on September 21, 2009 3:25 PM ET

Knowing they needed a lot of help, the Falcons front office used seven of their eight draft picks this year to shore up their defense.

On Monday, the team learned that they will be without the centerpiece of their class -- first-round defensive tackle Peria Jerry -- for the rest of the season.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Jerry underwent an MRI on his knee Monday, and clearly the results were not favorable.

Jerry came to the NFL with a reputation for being injury prone, and unfortunately has lived up to his rep. He started both games for Atlanta this season.

The Falcons could be vulnerable to the run after the loss. They face a team in Foxborough this Sunday that has been hesitant to try running the ball early in the year.

UPDATE: The team signed defensive tackle Vance Walker to the active roster.
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