FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has a hamstring injury and will not play against Carolina on Sunday, head coach Mike Smith said on Wednesday.
Also tight end Tony Gonzalez (elbow), safety William Moore (shoulder), right guard Garrett Reynolds (ankle), defensive end John Abraham (hip/groin), center Todd McClure (knee) and cornerback Christopher Owens (concussion protocol) all did not practice on Wednesday.
Jones has 25 catches and leads the team with 358 yards receiving after five games.
“He’ll be out this week,” Smith said. “We hope to get him back. He worked out with our training staff today. He did some running around. He’s already back out on the field working. We are hoping that after this week, we’ll get him back the following week.”
Wide receiver Harry Douglas will step into the starting lineup for Jones. Douglas has 11 catches for 80 yards this season. Wide receivers Eric Weems and Kerry Meier will aslo get some action against the Panthers.
“We feel very good about Kerry Meier and his athletic ability,” Smith said. “We haven’t run a lot of four-wide sets so he has not had the opportunity to get a lot of snaps, but he’ll get an opportunity this week.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog