Falcons CBs Franks, Owens ready for big challenge

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Brent Grimes' right knee injury is giving Dominique Franks and Christopher Owens their next big chance at cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons.

Grimes, an alternate Pro Bowl pick in 2010, had minor surgery Thursday that will sideline him for two to four weeks, but Franks and Owens say they're ready to handle a bigger role in his absence.

The Falcons (7-4) have yet to decide if they will start Franks or Owens on the left side Sunday at Houston (8-3), but either way, both players will take plenty of snaps.

Atlanta uses a nickel scheme about 55 percent of the time, so a lot will be asked of Franks, a 2010 fifth-round draft pick with no career starts, and Owens, a third-year Atlanta veteran with 10 career starts.