Julio Jones set to return to practice on Thursday

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

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s been battling a right hamstring injury, will return to practice Thursday, according to coach Mike Smith.

“We anticipate him being out on the practice field tomorrow, “ Smith said. “It will be encouraging to see him out practicing and not out working out with our athletic performance department. He’s done a nice job in his rehabilitation. So, tomorrow we’ll give him an opportunity. If it goes well, we’ll progress to Friday and give him back-to-back days of work.”

Jones injured his left hamstring against Green Bay on Oct. 9. He missed the Carolina and Detroit games. He came back against Indianapolis on Nov. 6 and caught three passes for 131 yards and scored two touchdowns. He left the New Orleans game with an injured right hamstring. He didn’t play last week against Tennessee

Jones has 30 catches for 498 yards and two touchdowns.

The Falcons traded away five draft picks to move up 21 spots in the first round to select Jones with the sixth pick overall. He’s played in seven games, missed three games and major parts of two other games

Jones, cornerback Kelvin Hayden (toe) and cornerback Brent Grimes (knee), defensive end John Abraham (rest), tight end Tony Gonzalez (rest) and center Todd McClure (rest) didn’t practice on Wednesday.

Left tackle Sam Baker (back), left guard Justin Blalock (ankle), middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (ankle), safety William Moore (quadricep) and defensive tackle Corey Peters (knee) were limited in practice on Wednesday.

It was the first day back at practice for Moore, who missed the last two games.

“We are trying to see where William is,” Smith said. “We gave him some limited reps today. When he first was injured, we thought it would be in the three-to-four week time frame of getting him back. This Sunday will be three weeks.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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60 comments Add your comment

Stacy

November 23rd, 2011
4:25 pm

Stacy

November 23rd, 2011
4:26 pm

It will be great to have him back in the lineup.

Firsttimer

November 23rd, 2011
4:28 pm

Great news! We do not really need him yet, but, if he is ready-even better.

Firsttimer

November 23rd, 2011
4:32 pm

DLed-what injury did Hayden suffer?

princeeeee

November 23rd, 2011
4:42 pm

get moore back and get decoud out of there!………………

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 23rd, 2011
4:44 pm

Firstimer — it was announced as a foot injury in the press box on Sunday. After additional medical review it was announced as a toe injury. Coach would not specify if it was turf toe or not.

joe white

November 23rd, 2011
4:49 pm

Oh well then if he comes back that only means turner will not touch the ball as often and I dont know why this coaching staff does not know how to use this team

True Falcon Fan

November 23rd, 2011
5:31 pm

Hey Joe — That’s a very interesting profound statement, let’s hear what you would do, to coach better than this coaching staff???

I’m listening

True Falcon Fan

November 23rd, 2011
5:36 pm

@Joe White again keep in mind this coaching staff, there record is 34-19 to this point

I am really listening for your genius, bring it????

Paddy O

November 23rd, 2011
5:55 pm

True Falcon – tell us how they have excelled in the post season, which is the genuine goal.

Replace Owens

November 23rd, 2011
6:01 pm

D-led do we know what type of toe injury – is it potentially season ending or can get Hayden back at some point? Any info would be helpful. After watching last weeks game, he is clearly an important part of our defense.

Dan

November 23rd, 2011
6:05 pm

DLED sorry I usually dont chastise you but the Falcons gave up only 4 picks. Basically I am tired of hearing how on the NFL networks how the Falcons gave up so much saying we gave up 5 picks. Look we traded up from our first to their first so its not like we gave them 5 picks. We didnt lose a first round pick last year? Its not like we had an extra first pick last year. We actually given them 4 picks our 2nd and 4th last year and our 1st and 4th this year.

Birdman Dave

November 23rd, 2011
6:06 pm

Send Chris Owens home. The first play when he got in the game he got burnt and then couldn’t even help on the tackle. He’s horrible!!

Gell

November 23rd, 2011
6:07 pm

I think Julio is tremendously talented but this makes you worry that he’s going to have a constantly nicked up career…

painter

November 23rd, 2011
6:13 pm

We need Julio back, and I’m most worried about Hayden’s injury. We really need that guy back. #36 is doing a good job subbing for Moore, so best to let him rest, but if I were coach I’d really be hoping that #26 is ok, cause that would be a major blow to our secondary considering that he has outplayed his competition at nickel. Am I right?

Replace Owens

November 23rd, 2011
6:14 pm

Owens needs to be cut. He was responsible for that debacle last year against the Packers and he was responsible for making Jake Locker look like the next coming of Tom Brady. What’s wrong with Franks? We need Hayden badly! We cannot win in this league with Owens in the game on third down. HELP!!!

True Falcon Fan

November 23rd, 2011
6:14 pm

Sweeet Paddy — where in my post to Joe White did i state the Falcons excelled in their post season record with this coaching staff?? Please tell me……………

Replace Owens

November 23rd, 2011
6:18 pm

Reading the message board, it is clear that everybody else is seeing what I am seeing! We could have a dominating D, I dare say a super bowl caliber D with a competent nickel back. Owens looks like he is still in college.

True Falcon Fan

November 23rd, 2011
6:24 pm

Also the last time i remember if a team is worthy of making the playoffs/post season they must at least show some type of superiority in their season record as in 16 game record, “HELLO”, to reach the “wild card entry or Div Champion”!
So D–Khead let’s hear your crap & moronic point of view too. On second thought put a post into JSS maybe He/she will help you with your answer. I’ll be listen very intently be assured……….

hiramsaint

November 23rd, 2011
6:29 pm

heres your answer—0-2 under smitty and melt !

True Falcon Fan

November 23rd, 2011
6:37 pm

Hey hiramsaint — we shall see son come 12/26 @NO dome — I’ll be there!!!!

kendall

November 23rd, 2011
6:51 pm

hiramsaint…………..I bet you are one of those Falcons fans who wish MV was still here. And since he’s not, you try your hardest to get even with the team by being a fake Saints fan. Tell me I’m wrong!

Sam

November 23rd, 2011
7:06 pm

Amazing video of a high school senior from Columbia TN who kicks the ball dead straight 75-80 yards in the air. He was successful on 54 of 54 attempts this season….100%. Now he needs a college team. Wants to go to GT

Watch for yourself…it is unreal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_JKwgwFY3g

falconfan 24-7

November 23rd, 2011
7:06 pm

Hiram Saint is an impostor.

FALCON YEAH!

November 23rd, 2011
7:21 pm

Superstitious? Every time we’ve lined the group up and sang FAL-CON-YEAH, we’ve effing won!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgWA_n6M-DQ

hiramsaint

November 23rd, 2011
7:39 pm

kendall- seeing your a newbie , i’ll give you a break. anyone who’s been o here awhile knows me so that leaves you out. true failclown fan- thats the same guff i heard before the last 2 games at the ga. tent -where we own you- so try something new! —failclown fan 24-7- you should know about impostors as your team was the biggest one of the year last season!

Michael M.

November 23rd, 2011
7:52 pm

Some of you are clowns and that’s just as it is ………………but seeing how it is Thanksgiving I shall be nice and show respect even for the Turkeys that are on here.
Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving Everyone !

True Falcon Fan

November 23rd, 2011
7:53 pm

hiramsaint,,, i am glad the Saints won the SB in 09′,,,,we’ll be there one day,,,you’ll see,,, also 12/26 will be a telling factor and we’ll see!

hiramsaint

November 23rd, 2011
8:02 pm

happy thanksgiving to you as well mikey- hope y’all have a great day tommorow.

DawgNole

November 23rd, 2011
8:07 pm

Sam, haven’t you about worn out that high school kicker video? I doubt anyone’s looked at it for quite some time now since you’ve posted it repeatedly for days–if not weeks–on about every blog here. Why don’t you provide some fresh and useful info about your phenom friend for the readers since you’re apparently infatuated with him?

DawgNole

November 23rd, 2011
8:10 pm

The goal, True Falcon Fan, and it’s the only goal that matters, is not just to make the playoffs, but to WIN in the playoffs. How’s this coaching staff doing in that critical category?

Sterling

November 23rd, 2011
8:51 pm

It takes a team effort 2 lose and win playoff games. So i dont see how you guys are putting our lack of playoff success on the coaching staff where i think they have been doing a very very good job with organization since it was destroyed about 4 years ago

ernisTbass

November 23rd, 2011
9:25 pm

the current staff can’t come up with a plan to score touchdowns inside the red zone, if they didn’t have to constantly settle for 3 they would have at least two and possibly three more wins this year–they can’t pass protect which makes the run D look better than it actually is as teams don’t have to run to set up the pass-they can’t run out the clock with a four point lead and 4 minutes left in a game which leaves the aforementioned pass protection exposed late in games–they can’t devise a blitz scheme to rattle opposing QB’s which is necessary if your linemen can’t bring down or hurry them , they have all day to throw which puts more pressure on the poor pass protection-other than that the current staff is great

Samuel L. Jackson

November 23rd, 2011
9:43 pm

ooooooooooooooooooooh, Tell me what happens when a QB chokes up? When a city blows up? When a WR won’t shut up?

TELL ME MOTHER&*$!@% WHAT DO FALCONS DO?!?!?!?!?

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY EGGS!!!!!!!

kingkong

November 23rd, 2011
9:48 pm

Hey True Falcon Fan, I agree with Joe White, this coaching staff don’t know what they are doing. JJ is a good player, I don’t blame him but it seems we won more games without him this year. Running game should be our focal point, so Turner should be involved the whole game.

Please let Hayden be OK

November 23rd, 2011
10:26 pm

Owens is killing this defense…..

GHunt

November 23rd, 2011
11:20 pm

D Led, What’s up with Dominique Franks? Is he a bust? Its hard to imagine that he could be worst than Chris Owens.

GT Falcon

November 23rd, 2011
11:29 pm

Please sit this week and rest against a below avg min team. We will need you for dec to make the playoffs.

NATIVEBIRD

November 23rd, 2011
11:51 pm

I agree PLEASE DO NOT LET CHRIS OWENS BACK ON THE FIELD! He is a huge liability.

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P B Orr

November 24th, 2011
2:26 am

It always seems as if the Falcons are done in by defensive backs. This goes back a long way, to Kenny Johnson and Rolland Lawrence in 1980. Owens is a nightmare, the sort of player who is so out of position and gets beat so badly that the rest of the defense is irrelevant. Hopefully Moore will be back to cover up for him.

SeenThisBFalcon

November 24th, 2011
8:01 am

They should have kept Chris Houston he’s turned out to be a pretty good corner in Detroit….

Rollo Lawson

November 24th, 2011
8:07 am

D. Led, give us some feedback on Dominique Franks. How does he look in practice? Are the coaches ever going to give him a shot with Hayden out? Owens is the weak link in the secondary, with Thomas Decoud a close second. Is there any chance that Sanders remains in the starting line up when Moore comes back. Happy Thanksgiving!

12 men in the huddle

November 24th, 2011
8:28 am

Some clown on this blog actually had the audacity to say Jones reminds him of Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals??? The only thing he has in common with him is the dreadlocks! Jones has dropped more passes already this year than Fitz has dropped in his entire career!

SeenThisBFalcon

November 24th, 2011
8:47 am

FALCONS WILL NOT LOSE ANY MORE GAMES THIS SEASON AND WILL BE 12-4.

DePlane

November 24th, 2011
9:09 am

Hiramsaint is our resident clown ya’ll! He has been a troll forever on the AJC blogs. He likes to kick up the dust with STB4 and try to rile up the Falcon Fans. But he is harmless and funny. A little troll traffic keeps things interesting from time to time. All the regular bloggers on here know he’s ok…even if he is an Ain’t.

STB4 on the other hand…

DePlane

November 24th, 2011
9:11 am

12 men…I’d like to see you give us some stats to back up your Julio vs Fitz dropped passes claim.

DePlane

November 24th, 2011
9:14 am

I don’t understand why some folks continue to cry over the JJ draft trade. What’s done is done. Move on. You can debate later whether it was worth it….after Julio becomes the best receiver in the NFL. Dude has all the tools and the heart of a lion.

Football Bat

November 24th, 2011
9:29 am

Sam-u-el is pasting that same stupid comment again.

hiramsaint

November 24th, 2011
9:45 am

thanks for the kudos deplane. stb4 is ok also . he knows more facts than i do and thats maybe why you think diff of him. any way -gobble gobble gobble and a good day to everyone today .