ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 9: Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers defends a pass against Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on October 9, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Julio Jones Injury Forces Star Rookie Out Of Two Games

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith announced Julio Jones will miss the team's next game due to a hamstring injury.

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Falcons Vs. Lions Injury Report: Julio Jones, Sam Baker Out; Rashied Davis Out For Detroit

The Atlanta Falcons will take on the Detroit Lions at Ford Field minus rookie reciever Julio Jones, who's missing his second game after hurting a hamstring. Starting left tackle Sam Baker will also miss the game due to a back injury, along with nickel back Christopher Owens, who'd been declared out earlier in the week. The complete list of Atlanta's inactives:

Julio Jones, Chris Owens, Darrin Walls, Brett Romberg, Sam Baker, Carlton Powell, Cliff Matthews.    

Expect Harry Douglas and Will Svitek to get the starts at receiver and tackle as Kelvin Hayden takes over the defensive back slot. The good news: defensive end John Abraham and center Todd McClure are in after being listed as questionable, along with guard Garrett Reynolds.

Here's Detroit's list of inactives:

Willie Young, Drew Stanton, Jahvid Best, Vincent Fuller, Jason Fox, JJ Finley, Rashied Davis.    

For more on this game visit Falcons blog The Falcoholic and Lions blog Pride Of Detroit, plus SB Nation Detroit.

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Falcons Vs. Panthers Injury Report: Tony Gonzalez, William Moore Miss Practice

With the news of Julio Jones being officially ruled out of Sunday's contest between the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers, it was thought that Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez would have to step up even more to help the Falcons offense flourish. 

Then practice came on Wednesday. Tony Gonzalez was held out with elbow issues (and probably a much needed day of rest) as the 35-year old future Hall-of-Famer prepares to deal with Carolina's defense. Roddy White was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, as lingering thigh issues have slowed down the three-time Pro Bowler this season.

On the defensive side, hard-hitting safety William Moore was put out of last week's Packers game with a shoulder injury, which coupled with a lingering neck injury has taken Moore all the way off the practice field.

The full breakdown of the Falcons Vs. Panthers injury report is listed here:

 

Atlanta Falcons

Player Status
DE John Abraham (groin) Did Not Practice

DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee) Limited Participant


TE Tony Gonzalez (elbow) Did Not Practice

WR Julio Jones (hamstring) Did Not Practice

DE Cliff Matthews (knee) Limited Participant

C Todd McClure (knee) Did Not Practice

S William Moore (neck) Did Not Practice

CB Chris Owens (concussion) Did Not Practice

G Garrett Reynolds (ankle) Did Not Practice
S James Sanders (hamstring) Limited Participant

WR Roddy White (knee) Limited Participant


Carolina Panthers

Player Status
LB Omar Gaither (knee) Did Not Practice


T Jeff Otah (back) Did Not Practice

 

For more on this game, visit Atlanta Falcons blog The Falcoholic, plus SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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Julio Jones Injury Update: Out For Carolina Panthers Game

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will miss the team's upcoming game against the Carolina Panthers due to his hamstring injury, coach Mike Smith confirmed at his Wednesday press conference. Jones had been held out of practice early in the week, with Smith saying he'd wait until Wednesday to update Jones' condition.

Jones suffered the injury late against the Green Bay Packers while trying to run down a deep pass. He got tangled up with a defender and had to step to the sideline. Trainers walked him into the locker room shortly after.

It'll be ... interesting ... to see what the Falcons can do offensively minus perhaps their best weapon. Statistically at least, Jones has been just about the only Falcons receiver or runner who's exceeded expectations. He currently leads the team in receiving yardage.

For more on this game, visit Atlanta Falcons blog The Falcoholic, plus SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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