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Julio Jones Injury Slowly Recovering As Rookie WR Joins Falcons Teammates

Atlanta Falcons rookie WR Julio Jones has been slowly working his way back on to the football field. Jones, who broke his foot prior to the NFL Combine in February, underwent minor surgery in March. The break itself was only a stress-fracture, fixed via the insertion of a screw, and still did not hinder Jones from posting a 4.39 40-yard dash and and an 11'3" at the Combine.

Jones was finally cleared to start running May 17 following one final recheck of the foot. "I went to Dr. (Robert) Anderson in Charlotte (N.C.), and he released me last Tuesday to run" said Jones this Tuesday after his first practice with the team. "They just told me to take it slow. That's what I'm going to do."

Jones recently took part in the 7-on-7 workouts the Falcons players have been holding at Buford High School since May 10, although he did not push himself too hard his first day on the field, playing it safe and jogging most of his routes. I'm sure the front office and Falcons fans alike would tend to agree with his cautious approach, considering how much the Falcons gave up to draft him.

Jones is expected to continue practicing with the Falcons throughout the week. 

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