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Jones, whom the Falcons acquired in a draft day trade, has had a solid, if not spectacular, rookie season so far, with 25 receptions for 358 yards.
While expectations were sky-high for the rookie from Alabama, wide receivers have one of the most difficult transitions to make to the pro game out of college.
Jones has yet to catch a touchdown in his NFL career, but Atlanta's game this week against the hapless Indianapolis Colts, who gave up 62 points to the New Orleans Saints earlier this season, may be a great opportunity for him if he's fully healthy.
For the latest news and analysis on the Falcons, head on over to the Falcoholic.
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:
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:
Slightly good news for the Atlanta Falcons: star wide receiver Julio Jones is merely doubtful for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions despite missing three days of practice this week. Nickel back Christopher Owens is the only Falcons player ruled out, while defensive end John Abraham, tackle Sam Baker, center Todd McClure and guard Garrett Reynolds are all questionable, though Mike Smith has already said he expects McClure to play.
PLAYER 10/19/11 10/20/11 10/21/11 DE John Abraham (groin) DNP LP LP-Q DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee) FP FP FP-P T Sam Baker (back) DNP DNP LP-Q TE Tony Gonzalez (elbow) FP FP FP-P WR Julio Jones (hamstring) DNP DNP DNP-D C Todd McClure (knee) DNP LP LP-Q CB Chris Owens (concussion) DNP DNP DNP-O G Garrett Reynolds (ankle) DNP LP LP-Q S James Sanders (hamstring) LP LP FP-P WR Roddy White (knee) FP FP FP-P
PLAYER 10/19/11 10/20/11 10/21/11 CB Eric Wright (illness) DNP-P DE Willie Young (calf) LP-Q CB Aaron Berry (groin) DNP LP LP-Q RB Jahvid Best (concussion) DNP DNP DNP-O WR Rashied Davis (foot) DNP DNP DNP-D LB Justin Durant (concussion) DNP LP LP-P S Vincent Fuller (elbow) DNP LP LP-D CB Chris Houston (back) DNP LP LP-P TE Tony Scheffler (concussion) DNP LP LP-P S Amari Spievey (not injury related) DNP DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (not injury related) DNP T Gosder Cherilus (knee) LP LP LP-P LB Doug Hogue (hamstring) FP FP FP-P RB Jerome Harrison (illness) DNP
In his regular Monday press conference, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the team has no new information on the hamstring injury that kept rookie WR Julio Jones out of the team's 31-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Smith said the team will "wait and see" on the condition of the injury, with an official update about Jones' status for their upcoming game against the Detroit Lions likely coming on Wednesday.
In Jones' absence, the Falcons reverted to a more ground-oriented attack, with Michael Turner getting 27 carries to only 22 pass attempts for Matt Ryan. Harry Douglas, a third-year WR who has played sporadically in his time in Atlanta, had his most productive game of the season, with 2 receptions for 57 yards.
But while the Falcons were able to prosper offensively against a struggling 1-5 Carolina team, they will need all their firepower to combat Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson and the 5-1 Detroit Lions on Sunday.
With Julio Jones ruled out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Carolina with a hamstring injury means that the Atlanta Falcons will have to shuffle around their depth chart at wide receiver. Harry Douglas will move into the Falcons starting lineup and reserve wideout Kerry Meier also figures to see extended playing time.
Douglas has just 11 catches for 80 yards on the season as the Falcons' No. 3 wide receiver. Douglas' speed is his weapon and he could benefit from a few more looks from quarterback Matt Ryan this Sunday.
Kerry Meier has been active in four of the Falcons' five games but has yet to catch a pass. He figures to get extended minutes on Sunday with Eric Weems also joining in the rotation.
"We feel very good about Kerry Meier and his athletic ability," Smith said. "We haven't done a lot of four-wide sets so we've not had an opportunity to get him many snaps. He'll get his opportunity this week."
For more on Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons, be sure to check out The Falcoholic.
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:
|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|
|LB Omar Gaither (knee)||Did Not Practice
|T Jeff Otah (back)||Did Not Practice|
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.
Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith had little to say about the team's suddenly lengthy injury list at his Monday conference, saying only that the hamstring condition of wide receiver Julio Jones and other various other team wounds will be updated Wednesday.
Safety William Moore, defensive end John Abraham, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, nickel back Christopher Owens and others all suffered some sort of damage that caused them to miss portions of Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers. While those are all major setbacks, Jones' injury is of the most immediate concern to the average Falcons fan.
He's the team's leading receiver and one of the few things that's gone right about the offense. Not to mention taking on the Carolina Panthers or Detroit Lions without him would feel like charging into battle with exactly the same team that lost in the 2010 playoffs, as he was Atlanta's primary offseason pickup.
The Atlanta Falcons suffered what could be a big loss during a challenging second half as wide receiver Julio Jones was escorted to the locker room with what's being called a left hamstring injury. As Jones has been the team's leading receiver this year, this could be a huge setback for Atlanta.
Jones got tangled up while trying to run down a bomb early in the fourth quarter as the Falcons trailed, 22-14.
Jones has been targeted frequently, but hasn't been able to come up with very many. He had one nice catch on a quick route for a first down and took an end-around for 16 yards in the first quarter. It'll be on Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez to step up.