Julio Jones not sure if he’s playing vs. Vikings

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

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who missed the Tennessee game after injuring his hamstring against the Saints, gave us an update on his status via his Twitter account.

Here’s the tweet:

RT @juliojones_11: I don’t know if I’ll be playing this weekend but I’m working everyday so keep praying for me

“The guys that didn’t play in the game have already all worked with our athletic performance staff (Monday) morning,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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82 comments Add your comment

double b

November 22nd, 2011
10:42 am


November 22nd, 2011
10:47 am

Feel better soon Julio! Come back when you’re ready.

falcon fan

November 22nd, 2011
10:48 am

Baldwin draft pick at 28 looks like we s___wed up. We would still have our draft picks and a receiver not standing on side lines in street clothes.


November 22nd, 2011
10:54 am

But Baldwin missed some games as well with a broken hand when he fought one of his teammates. Is that what you wanted?


November 22nd, 2011
11:00 am

I sure hope Julio stays on the playing field more than J. Norwood. Sadly, he is starting to remind me of him: game changing ability, but can’t stay on the field.


November 22nd, 2011
11:01 am

the falcons have proved they will not lose back to back games that is awesome and great coaching too


November 22nd, 2011
11:03 am

Julio is beginning to look like the Falcons version of Crowell.


November 22nd, 2011
11:09 am

I don’t remember him being hurt very much at Alabama. Get well Julio. You’re on my fantasy team!

Brave Hokie

November 22nd, 2011
11:14 am

That’s okay, he’ll live up to the #5 draft pick… “someday”


November 22nd, 2011
11:19 am

Hope he takes his time like with the left hammy. He’s too valuable to lose as a result of bringing him back too soon.


November 22nd, 2011
11:20 am

Praying for you Julio.

D man

November 22nd, 2011
11:21 am

Darn that hamstring. Get better will you… Julio, get healthy for the Saints game and playoffs. Don’t come back too soon and reinjur it again.


November 22nd, 2011
11:21 am

You whiners are crazy. We can’t know if he’s gonna be injury prone, but we definitely saw why TD gave up those picks: Julio is a difference maker without a doubt, but regardless you gotta take some chances cuz ain’t nobody gonna give them to you.

Astro Joe

November 22nd, 2011
11:22 am

We shouldn’t need him to defeat the Vikings. The Texans may be another story (although I have no confidence in Leinert).


November 22nd, 2011
11:23 am

missed his jr year at Ala with a broken leg. he is another Norwood. wasted pick


November 22nd, 2011
11:24 am

good thing adrian peterson is out


November 22nd, 2011
11:30 am

We don’t need him for Minnesota. We need him for the long haul – and hamstrings are tricky. Besides Roddy plays better when he’s ‘the man’…


November 22nd, 2011
11:32 am

seems to be injury prone…oh well,,,JJ..be a player! hmmmmm, does remind me of Crowell a little…on the sideline when needed the most…on the field all the time when game not on the line..makes you look like a sissy…Im just saying!..
When the going gets tough! THE TOUGH GET GOING!

Whiskey Breath

November 22nd, 2011
11:35 am

You whinners are turning on Julio? How the hell is he supposed to stop a hamstring? Injuries are part of the game, and without Julio we are a pretty crappy football team. By the way, he generally plays injured all the time because of the way he plays. But that is too deep for your guys to comprehend.

Bobby Cox

November 22nd, 2011
11:42 am

Julio will be fine, everybody calm down. The vikings are terrible we do not need him to beat them especially now that AP can’t play. As for Baldwin he’s made some good catches but he has some really bad drops as well. Oh and he fights teammates.


November 22nd, 2011
12:10 pm

Even TD’s HIGH draft picks are injury prone. I like Jones but not sure how much I like how he’s been used. I think it’ll be another year or two before we know what we truly have in Julio. Not his fault the GM spent the future for the next couple seasons on him. I think they rushed him back for N.O. anyway. Look at Andre Johnson. He’s been out like a MONTH. You cant rush guys back (i know the league is extremely competitive and you want your best players on the field) because they may get hurt worse and now they’re lost for more than half the season. Julio will recover. It’ll all be ok. HD has proven more than capable the last 2 games of being a number 2 so lets just focus on winning.

Falcons 73

November 22nd, 2011
12:11 pm

DOL – Another stellar blogging masterpiece. Please take the time to write something worth reading.


November 22nd, 2011
12:25 pm

Rest Julio. We’ll need him 100% against the Texans. I hope the Falcons will start Svitek over Baker this weekend. Svitek has been playing well filling in for Baker. We already know what Baker can or can’t do. Time to find out if Svitek is the answer at LT


November 22nd, 2011
12:27 pm

ummmmmmmmmmm… he didnt miss any jr year at bama that im aware of with a broken leg, and i can say fairly accurately having watched every bama game for idk 20 yrs now. he “played” through a foot injury his jr year moron.


November 22nd, 2011
12:35 pm

NO ONE should question Julio Jone’s toughness or ability to play with pain. He’s proven he can do that. I just hope he doesn’t turn out to be injury-prone. Those are two distinctly separate issues. I agree that he shouldn’t come back unitl he hamstring is 100%. How many times have we seen guys reinjure those from trying to come back too soon.? Harry Douglas has been performing quite nicely, and we should be able to get by until Jones is healthy.


November 22nd, 2011
12:54 pm

Harry’s doing great. I hope they sit Julio until he can’t feel ANYTHING AT ALL after running a series of sprints full tilt. We’ll need him in the play-offs.


November 22nd, 2011
1:15 pm

He is injured way too much for being so young. How is he ever going to handle injuries when he gets older? It is only going to go downhill from here. This was a bad pick and the Falcons will regret it. Julio is soft.

Durrty Dogg

November 22nd, 2011
1:30 pm

This is the reason I disliked the deal our GM did for this guy. We all live in SEC country and we know the issues he has had with injuries. He stayed hurt. I can’t understand why you give up so much for a guy who doesn’t stay on the field. Now if we dont make the playoffs and the pick turns into a 15-22 first rounder, the question becomes, whos the dummy now?

Burnt Weenie Sandwich

November 22nd, 2011
1:50 pm

The Falcons gave up how much for this guy?

This one will hurt for years.

Joe Tess Fish House

November 22nd, 2011
1:53 pm

Another injured fist round draft bust.

Perrier Jerry – palyed 2 games
Sean Witherspoon – mised halve a season
Sam Baker – on and of injruys
The Flacong just dont git it.


November 22nd, 2011
1:55 pm

They can give him time to heal Douglas and Weems are doing just fine.


November 22nd, 2011
2:04 pm

And Rod Medlin was shown the door for exactly what reason?


November 22nd, 2011
2:09 pm

Julio will be a great play for the Falcons for years to come, and we dont always have to throw the deep ball to him. Get the ball to him 20yds down the field and use his speed and ability to take it to the house. he is the best receiver that we have that can run the ball after the catch, something the Falcons haven,t had in several years.


November 22nd, 2011
2:13 pm

Those who believe the Falcons gave up too many picks for Julio will never change their mind. The man could lead the team to a superbowl win and make all pro for 13 years and they’ll still say “we gave up too much”.

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November 22nd, 2011
2:22 pm

- Julio coming back will be awesome. 3 or 4 WR sets with Julio will definitely spread the defense. MM is finally opening up the playbook it seems like. Lets hope he doesnt revert back to Mr. predictable next week.

- Baker is no starter. We need to all petition to keep Svitek out there. The man has earned it.

- I hope Atlanta fans appreciate what we currently have. Turner will go down as the teams leading RB, Ryan will pass Bart in a few years, White will be our leading WR, and Gonzo is first ballot HOF.

What really Matters

November 22nd, 2011
2:41 pm

Whether Julio is healthy or not the Falcons need to learn to close out games, plain & simple. I continue to scratch my head at VG & MMs’ playcalling when we take leads in critical games, the way we manhandled Green Bay early with a 14-0 lead & then just took our foot off the gas pedal is amazing to me.Hey, don’t get me wrong Mike Smith’s winning attitude is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Falcons, I just feel we need a step on their necks type of fire as well.


November 22nd, 2011
3:27 pm

Well, we’ve seen we can win without Julio, so I say let him rest ’til he’s 100% and ready for the playoffs.
Roddy and Harry can take up the slack, I’m sure…
I just hope we don’t put Baker back in there…..Svitek has done a great job, and allowed NO SACKS!!! Why try to fix something, when it’s not broken…

Julio Jones's Hamstring

November 22nd, 2011
3:28 pm

You people have clearly never had a hamstring injury. They nag and nag.


November 22nd, 2011
3:33 pm

Like Joe Tess said. It is one thing to draft people with no history and have them get injured. That is called bad luck. It is another thing to continually draft people with injury histories and hope you get lucky.

Peria Jerry-Knee injury his last year in college that he never recovered from.

Sam Baker-Back issues his last year at USC and many teams took him off their draft board. He continues to have back issues.

Julio Jones-We can argue all day but anyone who watche bama games knows that more often than not, Julio was always battling through some sort of injury or ailment during more than half their games. Whether or not he played is not the issue here. We are talking about whether or not he was injured. If he plays but is always injured, he is not worth a top 6 pick because you are never getting top 6 quality.

William Moore-2nd round pick-Injured his last year at Missouri. Missed nearly entire rookie year after that. Now injured once again.

TD-Did it ever occur to you that there is a reason these talented players such as Baker, Moore, Jerry are falling to you at your pick? Because they had injury histories and other teams are staying away. Even after those three, you still mortgaged the future on Julio, a guy who was dinged up one way or the other for his entire three years at bama.

Let’s hope Julio works out for the falcons sake and for your sake because he is clearly the risk everyone knows about. Most people are unaware of Bakers, Moores, and Jerry’s huge injury red flags before we drafted them


November 22nd, 2011
3:56 pm

Julio was always hurt at the University of Alabama. That was one of the knocks on him. He was always nicked up. The Falcons should have waited and taken the kid, Torrey Smith, who Baltimore drafted in the 2nd round. We should have drafted Jimmy Smith in the first round and not surrendered the draft picks. Baltimore had the same needs we had. A big corner and a “take the top” of the defense. How many games has Torrey missed? He gets better each week.


November 22nd, 2011
4:13 pm

another failclown 1st rd injury hound!

DJ Sniper

November 22nd, 2011
4:22 pm

For those who think that JJ is injury prone, let’s check out his college stats:

2008: 14 games started and played, 58 catches, 924 yards, 4 TD’s
2009: 13 games started and played, 43 catched, 596 yards, 4 TD’s
2010: 13 games started and played, 78 catches, 1133 yards, 7 TD’s


November 22nd, 2011
4:34 pm

On your other column, the Falcons should definitely stay with Svitek. He is far better than a healthy Sam Baker.

DJ Sniper

November 22nd, 2011
5:05 pm

4 games and not 1 sack given up. Svitek is doing a great job. He will have his hands full with Jared Allen this Sunday. If he keeps up this pace, he may be the long term starter.


November 22nd, 2011
5:09 pm

Thanks DJ Sniper it sounds like more than a few on this blog have no facts to backup their post.


November 22nd, 2011
5:51 pm

I myself would love to see Julio Jones play this sunday, I wish him a fast recovery!


November 22nd, 2011
5:59 pm

Genius TD? Drafting 1st RD picks that were hurt in College? And now they are having issues staying on the field in the Pros?

Your incredible dude.. What a Franchise we have here in Georgia? Sad..To sad..


November 22nd, 2011
6:19 pm

Give them hell DJ Sniper. To my knowledge, JJ has had one injury the hamstring. He probably came back too soon.


November 22nd, 2011
7:14 pm

really metoo- he should have sat out at least half the season like all the other failclown 1st rd. draft choices