Falcons wide receiver receiver Julio Jones, who left the game in the fourth quarter after aggravating his right ankle injury, finished with three catches for 33 yards.
Jones injured his right ankle early against the New Orleans Saints last Sunday and missed 28 offensive snaps.
Jones didn’t practice all week. Before the game, he ran eight routes under the watchful eye of receivers coach Terry Robiskie.
“Julio, we felt was ready to be able to contribute,” Smith said. “Although, albeit, it wasn’t going to be at his normal volume of plays.”
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (right ankle) missed his third straight game.
“Spoon we did not feel was ready to go,” Smith said. “We’ll get a better idea if he’s going to be ready to go next week. He’s worked his tail off to get back.”
Injury report: Cornerback Asante Samuel left the game with a right shoulder injury in the first quarter. He returned, but couldn’t finish the game.
Center Todd McClure left the game with an injury for one play. Joe Hawley took the one snap.
Defensive tackle Peria Jerry suffered a thigh injury in the fourth quarter.
Etc: White has eight catches for 123 yards, his 33rd career 100-yard game and his fifth this season… . Dominique Franks’ 28-yard punt return in the third quarter was the longest of the season. “The guys on the outside picked up blocks and gave me a chance to get started,” Franks said. …Cornerback Robert McClain led the Falcons in tackles with seven. … Kicker Matt Bryant made all three of his field goal attempts, including kicks from 51, 48, and 28 yards. On the season, Bryant has made 25 of 28 field goals, including eight in a row.
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