Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Is Julio Jones Done For the Season?

Losing at home to the New York Jets was pretty embarrassing for the Atlanta Falcons, but the situation may
have become even more serious with the potential loss of wide receiver Julio Jones for the season with a foot injury. 
A team source told CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora the injury is "a legitimate concern." Jones will get a second opinion today. 
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer tweeted, "[The] initial determination by the Falcons is that Jones' season is over. They are hopeful [a] second opinion says otherwise, but [they're] not optimistic."
Yesterday at a press conference at Falcons headquarters, head coach Mike Smith called the rumors of Jones being out the rest of the season "premature at this time." He did concede that the results of the team examination earlier in the day "were not encouraging, but we will wait to see what the second opinion comes back as." 
It is unclear when exactly Jones was injured, but according to Smith, it was likely before Jones' one-handed diving grab over the Jets' Antonio Cromartie with five minutes left in the game. 
Jones has positioned himself as one of the NFL's brightest young talents. Against the Jets he had eight catches for 99 yards, with 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns on the season. He leads the NFL in catches and is second to New Orleans' Jimmy Graham in receiving yards. Last year he had 79 receptions for 1,198 yards and ten touchdowns. As a rookie Jones hauled 54 catches, 959 yards, and eight touchdowns. 
The Falcons were also without other big man Roddy White much of Monday night, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury and is still recovering from the high-ankle sprain he's had since the preseason. The Falcons are 1-4 this season and Smith does not want to blame their poor record on injuries. 
"Injuries cannot be an excuse in the NFL," Smith said. "Every team has injuries, and we will not allow that to be an excuse. We've got to go out there and perform, and we haven't performed up to the abilities that we need to, to win football games and win them at the end thus far."
References: Sporting News and CBS Sports
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