INJURY REPORT: Julio Jones doesn’t return to practice

110812 Atlanta - Smoke and fire surround Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones as he enters the stadium to take on the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011.      Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

110812 Atlanta - Smoke and fire surround Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones as he enters the stadium to take on the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

By Chris Vivlamore

 

FLOWERY BRANCHJulio Jones led a list of Falcons who did not practice Wednesday. Jones’ injured left hamstring kept him out of last week’s game against the Panthers. The Falcons have a bye week following Sunday’s game against the Lions and should the rookie wide receiver miss that game he would have three weeks of recovery time.

Falcons coach Mike Smith would not rule Jones out of Sunday’s game.

“Julio is the kind of guy who is going to push the envelope,” Smith said. “He wants to get back in there. We are going to have to make sure the people in the athletic performance department and the doctors make the final decision. … We’ll just have to see how the rest of the week goes in terms of his availability for the game.”

John Abraham (groin), Todd McClure (knee), Christopher Owens (concussion), Garrett Reynolds (ankle) and Sam Baker (lower back) also did not practice. The Falcons had hoped Owens would practice, but he has not yet been cleared after recently passing the second stage of the concussion protocol. Smith reiterated that some players would be held out of practice as part of a maintenance program.

Jonathan Babineaux (knee), Tony Gonzalez (elbow) and Roddy White (knee) were limited participants. James Sanders (hamstring) returned to practice.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Rise Up!

October 19th, 2011
6:17 pm

shane

October 19th, 2011
6:22 pm

play him if hes healthy but dont force the ball to him hit him on some drag routes the guys like t.o. throw him the short passes across the middle hell hire me as the OC

Falcon James

October 19th, 2011
6:25 pm

Let hopes the falcon don’t use baker in this game. we can’t afford for ryan to get hurt.

painter

October 19th, 2011
6:44 pm

We need the d-line to step it up this week. We also need our O-line to resurrect more of last year’s nastniness. Last week was a good start.

Tell it like it is.

October 19th, 2011
6:45 pm

Pully bone—hamstring,whats the differance,you pay him,play him! The falcons can not afford to lose this game if they are serious about makeing the playoffs.

Jason

October 19th, 2011
6:50 pm

I’d rather lose him for this game than for four or five more games. Especially with the bye coming up.

Paddy

October 19th, 2011
6:53 pm

Tell it like it is……….my guess you never played or you never had an injury. You just don’t” tape it up and run it off” with a hamstring or groin pull. You must do better than that if you want folks to take your posts serious! Do you really believe that a player that is hurt can help you win in the NFL? And a wide receiver, no less. Geez!!!!!!

jay

October 19th, 2011
6:55 pm

my guess is he will play. then he’ll have two bye weeks before the Aint’s if he needs them.

jim

October 19th, 2011
6:57 pm

Often injured Abraham is close to being the Mike Hammond of the Falcons.

Pete

October 19th, 2011
7:15 pm

The Falcon’s roster is full of soft prima donna babies who play 50% of the year at the most. A fantasy world if you’ve ever seen one.

Nice work if you can get it……………huh ??

Tim j Dong

October 19th, 2011
7:17 pm

JULIO = MAJOR BUST!!! I’m sorry guys, there’s no way around it. He is as advertised, Flashes of brillance, nice speed, good blocker; BUT NOT WORTH THE PICKS WE GAVE UP AS A WR – he’s still a poor route runner, seldom gets separation between he & DBs despite his speed, & will drop at least 1-2 balls a game; oh & he’s ALREADY injured. You get what you see guys, we knew this was JJ coming in. AJ GREEN, RANDALL COBB, even that rookie on the Raiders r already the absolute beasts they were projected & drafted to be.

Lesson to mgmt. here is, If u don’t get ur guy (a true blue-chip player, a Green, even a Cobb), u don’t empty the bank on a ‘good blocking,’ but often-injured & dropsies WR

Julio IS a 2nd tier player, w/ great atheletic ability – he’s not & will never be a top receiver in this league. And also, Roddy’s production has actually GONE DOWN since JJ’s arrival. Wasn’t that supposed to be the other way around?

Paddy

October 19th, 2011
7:19 pm

Tim j D…..Roddy’s production is down because JJ has played well.

Tim j Dong

October 19th, 2011
7:29 pm

Paddy, r we watching the same team? The ATLANTA Falcons right? U could tell me Harry DOuglass’ production is up, & Tony G’s getting some nice grabs as well, but JJ – IS inconsistent w/ a major habit of Dropping or not pulling in Catchable balls thrown his way.

If he’s not going to be productive as catching the ball, he at least needs to be a good decoy for Roddy & the other guys, whenever he IS healthy.

Henny

October 19th, 2011
7:45 pm

Tim Dong, you must be crazy, five career starts (hurt in the fifth game), 25 rec for 358 yards and a 14.3 yard average. He’s got 5 catches of over 20 yards in 5 games with a long of 49 yards. 154 of his 358 receiving yards are after contact. I don’t know what more you want from a rookie WR that was supposed to find a role in an offense with Michael Turner, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez and has given them a huge boost from the very start with no camp.

Greg Moundine

October 19th, 2011
7:48 pm

Ok, I will make it shorter. T.O. is ready. He scored 9TD in 14 games last year and had 983 yards. He is good after the catch and is agressive. Do not let another team steal this talent. Our WRs are banged up and Julio might not play this week. A hammy is a tough injury.

I love R. Moss, but T.O. is stronger and tougher. Mr. Blank, we must take a chance on T.O. Like you do, I want a Championship in Atlanta!

Greg Moundine

October 19th, 2011
7:57 pm

I agree with both of you above, Julio has done his thing as a rookie and R. White numbers are down, but I think part of this has to do with Ryan not having time to sit in pocket to let routes develop.

Again, I say we must get T.O. Call me crazy or what you want, but T.O. is what we need on our team. Could you imagine what a Defense will have to deal with!

Tim j Dong

October 19th, 2011
7:58 pm

Through 6 games:

Julio (R) = 25 Rec been Targeted 42 Times, for 358 yds & 0 TDs (#6 OVERALL pick)
AJ Green (R) = 29 Rec been Targeted 49 Times for 453 yds & 4 TDs (w/ a rookie QB)
Michael Jenkins = 24 Rec been Targeted 30 times, for 221 yds & 2 TDs (who JJ replaced)
Tony Gonzalez = 30 Rec been Targeted 44 Times for 318 yds & 4 TDs (Atl REAL #2 threat)

. . . JJ is the only guy who’s inactive & already missed 1 game on this list also.

JB

October 19th, 2011
7:58 pm

For Julio, should act like he might play as long as possible so Lions factor him in game plan, but don’t play him and let him rest with bye week. We have other capable receivers.

deep pass

October 19th, 2011
7:59 pm

JJ would be a great receiver in some system like GB, Saints or Pats. He does not have anyone to thow ball down the field. All balls I saw thrown to him deep has been out of bounds. I agree, falcons gave up to much for him. When they need O-line, cornerbacks .
He will be a Chris Houston, Falcon will give him away. Same falcons just a different owner.

Tim j Dong

October 19th, 2011
8:01 pm

TO guys . . . please stop the Doobie/BONG passing & try to form a rational comment.

Greg Moundine

October 19th, 2011
8:04 pm

Hold up fellas, if you use JJ the right way, he will be a threat. Like for instance, we surprised GB by using him by running WR end around play. Send him on slants. If Ryan do not have the arm, bring JJ to the arm!

Greg Moundine

October 19th, 2011
8:05 pm

Dong, rational. What is not rational about T.O. Tell me a team statitical wise, T.O. has not been a beast!

Tim j Dong

October 19th, 2011
8:06 pm

Henny, ‘what more can we ask?’ How bout’ :
1) catching the ball when it’s thrown to u in the end zone, or
2) not letting it go through your hands on deep routes.
3) Staying healthy

That’s all, I’ll give u that, there have been flashes of some good play. JJ’s a solid 3rd option on most teams – only problem is that’s not worth the #6 pick & our 2012 draft

Greg Moundine

October 19th, 2011
8:10 pm

…T.O. has never had another strong WR on the other side of him and still dominated..then what D. Coord. got smart and started put two or more Defensive backs on him and of course that made him frustrated.

Put T.O. on a team like Atlanta with all our weapons.. Defenses will have to pick their poison, JJ, R. White, Gonzalez or T.O.

Greg Moundine

October 19th, 2011
8:14 pm

T.O. stats speak for itself.

Tim j Dong

October 19th, 2011
8:15 pm

Greg M, agreed, TO on paper is a monster. However, he’s also well passed his prime, a cancer in the locker room, a total ME – 1st person & player and also rather disloyal & publicly critical to teammates & coaches. The last thing Matty Ice & the falcons need is to have TO barking at them for why he didn’t throw him the ball 20 times a game. We don’t need a circus show on a team that’s trying to compete for relevance & a Super Bowl! Let the Patriots, Titans or Raiders have him.

Greg Moundine

October 19th, 2011
8:26 pm

@Tim j Dong: I partially agree. Our fans are killing our Falcons now, they want Murlarky head! T.O. screamed due to his teams was not winning and D. Coordinators were doubling him. With TO, R.White, JJ and Gonzalez we will be awesome. We will be a winning combination. Let’s not compare Cowboys. Look at Romo now. Still not proven. Again, T.O. has never had any other strong receiver on the opposite side of him. When he had Chad Johnson on his team in Cincy, TO was the calm one and Chad was the one frustrated. Another thing I learn in all sports, when you get in your prime, you usually calm down due to you want another championship or a first one! Do you see Chad barking in New England. It starts with the coach. T.O. can fit in Atlanta system.

Greg Moundine

October 19th, 2011
8:28 pm

I bet whoever picks him up, he will be drafted on Fantasy teams because T.O. puts up big numbers.

drmaryb .(*_*).

October 19th, 2011
8:36 pm

No Go-Routes!

Julio Jones? SIT HIM DOWN … Before he shred his hamstring and end up like Bo Jackson.

Remember when Bo was tackled from behind and sheared his pelvis muscles Away from the pelvis bone like a banana peel. When you peel away muscles from bones, it is called an Avulsion Fracture. That is the worst kind of fractures, because the tendons pull the skin (periosteum) off the bone and that requires career ending surgery.

Plates, screws, pins and ball game over. I know I am being dramatic here, but this is the worse case scenario and it’s just not worth the risk to play a cinderella Lions team when the bye is the following week. Julio may be out 5 to 6 weeks total. I hope not, but, I trust the medical staff here.
Don’t let the patient dictate care – Never that!
_______________

Get Well Soon Roddy! Your teammates will step up, maybe even Bullarky will too? Draw up a scheme man! Use your available assets on offense and put them in space man!
All of them. Geez-Us! LOL!

Ichabod

October 19th, 2011
8:42 pm

Yes, Ryan needs just a little more time in the pocket and things will open up. Just Julio’s showing up on the field means they have to respect him, and just use him to make those short first down throws.
If he goes in I hope I don’t see him tearing down the sidelines so soon.

Greg Moundine

October 19th, 2011
8:51 pm

Atlanta Since Week 1 record has been, Loss, Win, Loss, Win, Loss, Win. Do you see a pattern? Let’s break this pattern Falcons! Let’s beat the Lions! I know I have been yelling T.O. all day on this thread, but we must run Tuner and other backs until their tongues come out!

Greg Moundine

October 19th, 2011
8:54 pm

…then pass. and use Jaquizz Rogers like the Saints use Sproles!

robert

October 19th, 2011
9:03 pm

im in hawaii and Joe Johnson, Al Horford, and Derrick Rose are coming out to support to troops. On a sepearate subject of course

Greg Moundine

October 19th, 2011
9:14 pm

Cool Robert, this is some good news. I was stationed in Hawaii from 1997-2000. This should be good news to the troops! When stars such as this give back, it means a lot to all branches of the military. I hope they get a chance to visit Pearl Harbor while on their visit. Good jobs guy! Whooaaa!

OPEN YOUR EYES

October 19th, 2011
9:25 pm

@TIM J DONG- ARE YOU REALLY SAYING THAT JULIO JONES IS A BUST RIGHT NOW???? YOU ARE INSANE BOY!!! NONE OF YOUR REASONS MAKE ANY SENSE AND JULIO WILL BE A GREAT RECEIVER JUST WATCH!!

bird

October 19th, 2011
9:29 pm

Julio is a beast, and will be for a long time in this league. The Falcons came out forcing the ball to Julio, but I think the game without him will help show them how to incorporate him into the offense better. The Falcons may have given up to much for JJ, but that still doesn’t take away from the talent and potential of this kid. The fact that the Falcons are a run first team takes away from some of the potential JJ brings, not to mention the o-line and QB. Matt Ryan is solid but he is a dink and dunk type QB, not going to take many shots down field. The Bengals have a rookie QB but that hasn’t stopped them from going deep to AJ Green.

Firsttimer

October 19th, 2011
9:45 pm

Rest him and let him get healthy. We can win without him, so, do not risk aggravating the injury. Throw Chris Houston’s way when you do pass. Why not?

cwag

October 19th, 2011
9:45 pm

I just think Matt Ryan would prosper in a West Coast Offense…I think he really will!…Julio is not a bust…a better OC would utilize him better.

Tim j Dong

October 19th, 2011
9:50 pm

OPEN YOUR EYES! YEAH, . . . DO THAT, OPEN UR EYES. We’ve blown what little spending cash we had on a 2nd Tier WR, who’s many RED FLAGS (we were naive enough to ignore) – are all coming to fruition & will haunt us for years to come BOY!
Since u didn’t understand the 1st time let’s review:
- Drops the ball,
- Doesn’t get good receiver separation so when, Ryan does fling it his way, has to be a perfect pass
- Has 0 TDs through almost half the season
- Let’s catchable balls go through his hands
- Hasn’t even been a good DECOY for Roddy, so far – would help if he could stay healthy enough to remain on the field.
- Cost us our 2012 draft as well as the spending $ we could’ve used to go out & get some Defense
- IS HURT ALREADY

Wishful thinking is good, but have to accept reality at some point. Unfortunately for us the rest of the season will confirm our fears about HOOLIO

Tim j Dong

October 19th, 2011
9:55 pm

Ryan-bashers need to watch more games, not just repeat what ESPN analysts r saying. ‘Natural Ice’ went deep a few different times last game to Roddy & Harry, perfect throws – got defensive interference called on 2 of those plays. Admittedly he has thrown some ugly long-balls in earlier games, but he can throw deep. Again, WR separation is critical – Jones hasn’t really shown us he can beat his guy deep. Roddy & Harry have.

26belly

October 19th, 2011
10:04 pm

@Tinj Jung Dung, or whatever your name is. Who gives a hairy-rats-@$$ what you say about any ATL Falcon’s player. I doubt if your keyboard pecking @$$ has ever put on any equipment besides having a strap on compromise you from the posterior! Just shad-up you freaking panty-waste!!!

Greg Moundine

October 19th, 2011
10:11 pm

The bottom line is the Falcons must click on all cylinders. Yea, we have heard this before, but I believe this. Think about this guys, if you ever played football can you imagine yourself going from middle school football to High, High to College and can you imagine College to Pro! Not to mention not having a full training camp and going through a lockout. You darn right, you will be nervous also. JJ has the talent. I can see him in the future with an answer from an interview starting as such. “when I first came in the league, I was a very nervous, I did not know the importance of route running, beating Ds and so _____took me under his wing and taught me a lot. For this I give him and Coach _______so much credit.” It happens to all the great ones! Give JJ a chance and Ryan. They are both still young.

Tim j Dong

October 19th, 2011
10:17 pm

“JELLY on ya 26belly”

Thx 4 sharing ur ignorance w/ the world.

When u truly have nothing 2 say, & don’t process the game of football very well . . . digress to personal insults & lewd innuendos. (can throw in a dollar signs to ‘camou’ expletives)

robert

October 19th, 2011
10:35 pm

@ Greg yeah I cant wait

OPEN YOUR EYES

October 19th, 2011
10:46 pm

@TIM FUNG JUNK- ONCE AGAIN YOUR DUMB REMARKS ARE A RESEMBLANCE OF HOW STUPID AND WRONG YOU SOUND!!!! BRO YOU REALLY NEED TO WAKE THE F**K UP AND CHECK THE STATS!!!! JULIO HAS 25 REC FOR 358 YDS IN 4 GAMES!!! IF THAT ISN’T PRODUCTION TO YOU THEN I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS!!!!

FIRST OF ALL,YOU KEEP ON BABBLING ABOUT HOW HE CAN’T GET SEPARATION OFF DEFENDERS!!! WELL ITS EITHER YOU BLIND OR YOU NEED TO “OPEN UP THEM DAMN EYES”, BECAUSE JULIO BEAT HIS MAN EVERY PLAY IN THE GREEN BAY GAME!!!! MATT RYAN KEPT OVERTHROWING HIM, WHICH LED TO HIS HAMSTRING INJURY!!!! YOU PROBABLY WOULDN’T KNOW THAT BECAUSE YOU EITHER HAVE YOU HEAD UP YOUR ASS OR YOU’RE JUST PLAIN RETARDED!!!!

SECOND, THE REASON WHY HE HAS NO TOUCHDOWNS IS BECAUSE RYAN NEVER TARGETS HIM IN THE REDZONE AND WE ALL KNOW THAT!!! THEY EITHER RUN IT UP THE MIDDLE WITH TURNER OR PASS IT TO TONY!!!! SO HOW THE F**K IS HE SUPPOSED TO SCORE A TOUCHDOWN WHEN HE ISN’T GETTING THE BALL THROWN TO HIM IN THE ENDZONE!!!

THIRD, YOU MUST BE A TRUE NIMROD TO THINK THAT JULIO IS DROPPING THE BALL. EVEN IF HE DROPPED A BALL THIS SEASON, RODDY WHITE HAS THE SECOND MOST DROPPED BALLS BEHIND BRANDON MARSHALL (FROM DENVER). I CAN JUST TELL YOU DO NOT WATCH THE GAME CORRECTLY AND MAKE THESE ABSURD ACCUSATIONS FROM LITERALLY NOWHERE TO MAKE YOURSELF FEEL SMART!!!!!!! BOY YOU MISTAKEN!!

GO STUDY FILM BEFORE YOU COME BACK ON THIS BLOG YOU AMATEUR!!! STOP WRITING FALSE S**T ON THIS BLOG THAT NOBODY WANTS TO LOOK AT!! YOU ARE ONLY EMBARRASSING YOURSELF WITH EACH WORD YOU TYPE!!!!! GO DO SOMETHING WITH YOU LIFE YOU LONELY B**TCH!!!!!!!!

Dave

October 19th, 2011
11:03 pm

TJD – You’re calling Julio a “major bust”? Based on what you think his value should be relative to what the Falcons gave up? In other words, unless he’s a seasoned Jerry Rice straight out the box, you’re going to hate him? That’s stupid. It might make the GM an idiot, but it doesn’t make Jones a bust.

He’s tied for 20th in the NFL in receptions among WRs, five games out of the gate, with nearly similar stats rec/yards to Andre Johnson. Is AJ a bust, too? Yes, AJ got his in 4 games to JJ’s 5. Look at the players behind JJ on the WR list for rec/yards in 6 games. Are all those guys busts, too? Harvin? Moss? Lloyd?

“But they didn’t give up….” Brings me right back to my original point. He didn’t make anyone trade 9 picks for him. He didn’t ask to be put into an offense with 3 proven playmakers at WR, TE, and RB ahead of him in seniority.

I think he’s doing a heck of a job in a tough situation. You know, the kind where his “failure” to have 51 balls for 785 yards and 6 TDs by game 6 has people calling him a bust.

26belly

October 19th, 2011
11:09 pm

@AJC Editors/Censors. Ok you got me…I’ll admit I’m a Falcons fan since 1978 and I’m a Dirty Bird for Life. Its ok for certain posters to make negative comments about the Falcons since that will drive activity on this site. Likewise, as with free speech, I will reply to them as a fan of the Falcons and I expect you to block my posts when I blow a valve! :) Have a great evening and “Dirty Birds for Life!”

OPEN YOUR EYES

October 19th, 2011
11:26 pm

DAVE- YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT!!! IF JULIO ISN’T JERRY RICE OUT OF THE GATES THEN EVERYBODY IS GONNA CALL HIM A BUST, THAT IS JUST STRAIGHT UP MALIGNANT!!!!!!

TIM FUNK JUNK- YOU SAY JULIO IS ALREADY INJURED, BUT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHETHER HE IS GOOD OR NOT!!!! LET ME REMIND YOU THAT THIS IS THE SAME GUY WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE NFL DRAFT WITH A BROKEN FOOT AND STILL PUT UP GOOD NUMBERS!!!! DON’T QUESTION JULIO TOUGHNESS BOY!!!!! YOU KNOW WHY???? HE CAME FROM THE ALABAMA AND BEST BELIEVE NICK SABAN WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY SOFT S**T!!!!!! SO ALL OF YOUR REASONS/POINTS TO WHY JULIO IS NOT GOOD IS PRETTY MUCH FALSE AND UNPROVEN, AND UNTIL YOU CAN GET YOU’RE FACTS STRAIGHT DON’T COME ON THIS BLOG!!!!!!!

Run4ever

October 19th, 2011
11:56 pm

Key to the game? Element of surprise. Stadium will be lound so it will come down to offensive line discipline and penalty free football. Hard snap counts, and audibles, which the birds will have to use hand signals. Defensively, I think they will need to do a bang up job at getting to the quarterback. No soft zones. Atlanta 45 Detriot 35

CuseFalcon

October 20th, 2011
12:14 am

No stats or anything to proclaim like all the brain surgeons have already done here…..Just have a good feeling about Sunday…….Go Birds