Julio Jones looked sharp in his Thanksgiving Day return

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) can't make the catch as New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer (33) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) can't make the catch as New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer (33) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

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

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43 comments Add your comment

Pete

November 24th, 2011
1:28 pm

Jones will play a few plays and then find a new way to be injured.

@king_of_peons

November 24th, 2011
1:36 pm

Pete your a Debbie downer.

- New Orleans News

November 24th, 2011
1:56 pm

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Keeping it Real

November 24th, 2011
2:02 pm

Got to have Brent back and hopefully Moore too.

[...] this for what it’s worth but D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said that Jones looked “sharp” during the [...]

Bobbys Cox

November 24th, 2011
2:38 pm

That’s good news indeed…thanks DLED

SeenThisBFalcon

November 24th, 2011
2:54 pm

Oh ya D-led Detroit is done now all we need is Chicago to start losing and I seen us getting the 3rd 4th or 5th seed depending if we can beat out New Orleans…

[...] The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Jones looked crisp in his first practice of the week, though the rookie receiver only participated on a limited basis. [...]

Butch

November 24th, 2011
3:53 pm

Jones will help lead us to the playoffs IF HE STAYS HEALTHY

Don pickell IV

November 24th, 2011
5:18 pm

Falcons w/o Julio 2011 : 3 – 0

Falcons w/ Julio 2011: – 3 – 4

Offense looks much better w/o Julio Jones, why can no one else make this connection, especially you T. Dimit? Trade this clown while he still has some value. Through 10 games he has 30 catches & 2 TDs, pretty pathetic 4 the #6 OVERALL PICK, whom we traded basically our entire 2011 & 2012 drafts for.

Our offense looks better w/o him & we need more defense (or more picks) anyways. TRADE THIS GUY! He’s too often hurt & has only had 1 breakout game (unfortunately it was against a team THAT’S TRYING TO LOSE EVERYGAME to get the 1st pick in next year’s draft, so it really doesn’t count).

It’s always reported that he ‘Looks great in Practice,’ or ‘Was a beast at the Combines,’ but on the field this hasn’t translated. We don’t need to be paying so many millions for a DECOY.
R. White, T Gonz., Harry Douglass are solid & 2nd rate WRs are EASY to come by. Let’s get some more D & when a Super bowl!!!!

corner help

November 24th, 2011
6:04 pm

What is Hayden’s status. . .

BigLou

November 24th, 2011
7:14 pm

@ corner help

We are getting William Moore back. So, no big deal.

painter

November 24th, 2011
7:42 pm

Julio haters are not Falcons’ fans.

We need our secondary to step up by the time we meet NO again.

JD2

November 24th, 2011
8:01 pm

Hey D Led long time my friend. Now tell me if u think Roddy and the rest of the Falcons players were lying about Suh being a dirty player. The evidence is from today’s game where the dummy got ejected for kicking a player and shoving his face on the ground 3 times.

Samuel L. Jackson

November 24th, 2011
8:51 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!!!!!!!

JD2

November 24th, 2011
9:18 pm

This Seenthisb4 in disguise.

corner help

November 24th, 2011
10:08 pm

Moore plays safety. Will Owens still come in on passing downs? That guy is horrible. He should never be on the field unless the world is ending or my dead grandmother is the only other choice.

JoFo

November 25th, 2011
9:20 am

Pete has played pro football for many years now! He “knows” exactly how many times a player has to play hurt without it being an “advertised” fact and without complaining about it! :}

Raygee

November 25th, 2011
9:21 am

Saints are done

JoFo

November 25th, 2011
9:25 am

It’s totally obvious now that Suh is a dirty player! This type of player could quickly dirty the image of the NFL that has taken many, many years to develop as a positive and civic minded organization!

PlanB

November 25th, 2011
9:57 am

I’ve heard all the discussions about JJ and will he play. I’m not nearly as concerned about that as much as Hayden’s status and we can’t get any info. Grimes knee problem and limited practice and Hayden questionable could mean Owens on the field. This is our real problem. Sorry, he might be a safety but not a corner. He kills us. Just like giving an open receiver every play. I don’t understand not giving Franks a try. Maybe he let’s them open every other play. That’s improvement. Again, a coaching problem.

steven A.

November 25th, 2011
9:58 am

We need ” JULIO” and one more wide receiver like him! The real problem is what i like to call the
“Dow Jonser” Matty Ice. Ryan throws too many “BAD” interceptions. YOU HAVE TO BE AN
ABSOLUTE IDIOT TO BASH JULIO JONES!

Rufus1

November 25th, 2011
10:00 am

It’s begining to look alot like the playoffs….every time I look at the NFC

GO FALCONS

steven A.

November 25th, 2011
10:02 am

Thomas Decoud is not a starter. Need a big safety to cover guys like Jimmy Graham and Jermichael
Finnley. Ray-Ray Armstrong, welcome to the Atlanta Falcons.

PlanB

November 25th, 2011
10:08 am

JoFo – I saw the Suh play. Dirty, and when the guy was down. End the career of 1 or 2 of these thugs and football will be better off. With Stafford at QB, I said I would pull for Detroit when not playing the falcons. When they blocked the falcon entrance tunnel to the field, that was over, and they showed the same lack of sportsmanship in the game. They’re going downhill again and good riddance.

CGD..

November 25th, 2011
10:30 am

Hey D-Led you still believe the Falcons are last years GreenBay? lol

Put down that bottle Sir…

steven A.

November 25th, 2011
10:41 am

Green Bay will eventually fall the way New England fell. Only a matter of time. Once you start believing the hype, you are “done.” Baltimore Ravens will win the Super Bowl.

Barry

November 25th, 2011
11:39 am

Hey Y’all:

IT’ ON!! GOT DARNNIT!!! IT’S ON!! It appears the boys are getting healthy for the SECOND HALF STRETCH for the SUPER BOWL. I truly do not believe we have reached our peak yet which is great. But now I believe the Falcons “SENSE OF URGENCY” has peaked and their PLAY is clicking, no matter who is on the field. Roddy White proved that last week. We have the players to cover for one another when an injured player goes dwn to keep our consistancy in play and winning. It appears our FALCONS have developed great depth on this team. THEY ARE PLAYING TOGETHER AS “ONE HEARTBEAT!!”. No matter whose on the field they maintain and/or get better. There will always be injuries in the NFL, but what makes a great team is that the injury does not impede the “SYSTEM” in place that is designed to win games. “ONE MAN’ does not make a team. But “ONE TEAM, with DEPTH, PLAYING and CLICKING IN THE SYSTEM, TOGETHER” WINS CHAMPONSHIPS”. THEY WIN IT IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”

NOW, TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY, LETS KICK SOME BUTTS THROUGH THE HOLIDAY SEASON. IT’S HOLIDAY FOOTBALL SEASON EVERY WEEK WITH OUR FALCONS RIGHT IN THE THICK OF IT. WE WILL BE IN THE STADIUM, IN OUR HOMES, IN OUR SPORTS BARS SCREAMING ON EVERY HIT, CATCH, AND RUN. WE’LL BE SCREAMING “ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!” THE DEFENDING SOUTH NFC CHAMPS HAS HAS JELLED WITH THE NEW PLAYERS AND ARE READY TO GET “NASTY”. NFL BEWARE.

NOW ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!!??????????? IT”S ON. IT’S ON IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!!”

THE “PROCESS” CONTINUES!!!!!!

“WE RISE UP!!!” IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”

SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN!!! TELL EVERYBODY!!!!

……………………..”ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!……………………….

trolls and such

November 25th, 2011
12:15 pm

Only a fool would think that the offense is better without Julio. The Falcons lost the games they did early in the season because the offensive line couldn’t keep Ryan upright and they also weren’t blocking well for Turner, and so they never established the run.

Only a fool forgot what Julio did against Indianapolis when our line blocked long enough for Ryan to actually throw a pass and for Turner to get some yards. Dummies….

hiramsaint

November 25th, 2011
1:20 pm

only a fool would think indy was a test for julia or the failclowns!

Ken

November 25th, 2011
1:31 pm

Don pickell IV whats wrong u know Julio is going to be a star!! LOL!!

12 men in the huddle

November 25th, 2011
2:03 pm

“Oh ya D-led Detroit is done now all we need is Chicago to start losing and I seen us getting the 3rd 4th or 5th seed depending if we can beat out New Orleans”

We have slim and no chance of taking the division. Our best bet will be the 6th seed wildcard as the Bears have the tie breaker with us but we have it against Detroit, who have a brutal schedule coming down the stretch. Don’t think we have to worry about the Giants who have even a worse schedule than the Lions! So 6 plays 3 which means we will have to beat N.O. in N.O. to advance.

Julio's Hamstring

November 25th, 2011
2:18 pm

Who is ready to win some football? I am healed now, and good to go.

MeToo

November 25th, 2011
3:24 pm

He may be back but will the Mike Mularkey offense USE him. He is the best athletic on the team.

Aint's Killer

November 25th, 2011
5:11 pm

there’s that fake Saint’s fan again running that pie hole of his/hers. never have anything football related to spill……..just more of the same blah, blah, blah. get a life.

Aint's Killer

November 25th, 2011
5:14 pm

the Lions lost, and if the Bears loose and we win, guess what? we will be sitting pretty….a cherry on top would be if the Saint’s loose to the Giants.

hiramsaint

November 25th, 2011
6:29 pm

sorry but we popped your cherry at your house 2 weeks ago! yackety yack-DON’T TALK BACK !

Aint's Killer

November 25th, 2011
7:29 pm

“yackety yack-DON’T TALK BACK” How old are you again?

[...] Jones, who has sat out three games this season with the injury, practiced fully on Friday. He had returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday and looked good, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

milomana

November 26th, 2011
12:04 pm

HymanSaint, we spread our legs and all y’alls could do was get three points. Next time think about waking up in sex ed instead of sleeping, y’all STUPID Saints fans. Gosh, still wonder why you are on our blog. You must have serious issues at home. Put your red slippers together girls and wish, “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.” Oh, sh!t, the SuperDome is where we roam. Rather be road kill.” Hahahahaha.

[...] Jones, who has sat out three games this season with the injury, practiced fully on Friday. He had returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday and looked good, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

Don pickell IV

November 26th, 2011
9:22 pm

KEN – Julio ‘is going to be a star,’ alright . . . in the CFL or Arena League. The guy gets totally shut down by avg. DBs in this league.

And those reminding us of the Colts’ game . . . yes that was Julio’s finest hour this season . . . let me remind you that the Colts haven’t won a single game this season, & have probably been instructed to LOSE on PURPOSE so they can be assured of A. Luck’s services. That game was equivalent to an intrasquad scrimmage –

Y is everyone so deluded on this guy, u of all people Tom D.? U’ve made consistent great moves, but this guy’s (selection w/ the 6th OVERALL pick) is making u look like a clown. TRADE HIM for more DEFENSE!!!!

Bojack

November 26th, 2011
10:16 pm

According to the Piedmont injury report HAYDEN is out against Minnesota. He has a bad toe. That hurts the defense badly. See what happened when HADEN went out with the Injury. Tennessee Scored twice via the air.