Falcons Julio Jones tried, to no avail, to get back on the field.
The rookie wide receiver injured his right hamstring on Sunday against the Saints and did not play after the second quarter. He finished with just two catches for nine yards.
After being stretched by trainers, Jones spent much of the third quarter running and jumping along the sidelines in an effort to show he could play.
“We were going through the process with our training staff and doctors to determine if we could get him back in the ballgame,” coach Mike Smith said. “I know he was doing everything in his power to show to the doctors and trainers that he was ready to go. But the determination was it was in our best interest to hold him out.”
The Falcons announced Jones’ return as questionable during the game.
On Monday, Smith would not elaborate on the extent of Jones’ injury.