Heading into a pivotal Week 2 showdown against Atlanta, the Denver Broncos received an intriguing bit of news on Monday as Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes was officially ruled out for the season with an Achilles injury according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.
Grimes left Sunday's game against Kansas City in obvious pain late in the second half, and will now be forced to watch the remainder of the 2012 campaign from the sidelines. Without the 29-year-old Grimes, a 2010 Pro Bowl selection, in the fold however, the Falcons will look to veteran nickelback Dunta Robinson in a starting role opposite Asante Samuel against the Broncos.
Of course, all of this bids quite well for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning after supposedly shaking off any remaining rust against Pittsburgh in Week 1. The Falcons allowed Matt Cassel to complete 21 of 33 passes for 258 yards and one touchdown on Sunday with Grimes in the fold, and now things will get a bit trickier when it comes to shutting down Manning's two 6'3 receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker.