FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones appeared sharp in his limited return to practice on Thursday.
“It felt good to get back out there, running routes,” Jones said. “I thought I was going to be rusty, but I wasn’t. So, it just felt good to be back out there with my teammates.”
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
Falcons coach Mike Smith credited Jones’ rehabilitation to the work of athletic performance department director Jeff Fish and trainer Marty Lauzon.
“Jeff and Marty did a real good job with me on the treatments and in the weight room,” Jones said. “They were keeping me on top of things as far as flexibility and making sure my core (stomach muscles) were balanced. I think that’s how I got my hamstring issue because one side was weaker than the other. We just made sure everything was strong and equal.”
Jones, barring any setback, should be ready for action against Minnesota on Sunday.
“I feel real good about it,” Jones said.
Jones has 30 catches for 498 yards and two touchdowns.
Cornerback Brent Grimes (knee), left tackle Sam Baker (back), safety William Moore (quadriceps) were limited.
Defensive end John Abraham (rest), tight end Tony Gonzalez (rest) and center Todd McClure (rest) all returned to practice and full participated.
Left guard Justin Blalock (ankle), middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (ankle) and defensive tackle Corey Peters (knee) fully participated in practice.
Cornerback Kelvin Hayden, who suffered a dislocated toe against Tennessee, was the only player not to practice.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog