WR Julio Jones (calf)
T Terron Armstead (knee), CB Delvin Breaux (fibula)
Jones has a calf injury for the Falcons and Snead a toe injury for the Saints. Jones was limited Saturday in practice but we had a report earlier Saturday that said he will play. Snead didn't practice Thursday or Friday and was limited Saturday. Michael Thomas would get a bump up if Snead can't go. It's a favorable matchup for both teams in what is shaping up to be a high-scoring game.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who returned to practice Saturday while recovering from a calf injury, is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the New Orleans Saints but will play.
"Yes, I'll play Monday night," Jones said. "I wouldn't chance it if I didn't (feel right), if I felt like I was going to overcompensate and something else was going to get tore up or it was going to get worse or anything like that. It's just warming that muscle up, warming up everything, making sure everything is firing properly."
Jones, held out of practice Thursday and Friday, was limited Saturday. However, he appeared to have his explosion running across the red zone and catching passes near the start of practice. In between reps, Jones was spotted bouncing up and down as if to test and make sure his calf was fine, the story said.
Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm
Falcons WR Julio Jones (calf) missed practice again Friday. Jones is expected to play through the injury, though we’ll be watching Saturday’s practice report closely. He has a great matchup with the Saints on Monday night.
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm
Jones spent the first week of the regular season dealing with an ankle injury from the summer and then spent last week dealing with an aggravation of the injury in their opening loss to the Buccaneers. The calf injury did cause Jones to miss the last couple of minutes of the game.
Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:38pm
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 8:02pm
It's the same injury he suffered in the preseason at Miami, the report said. Jones said he's not concerned about the injury, according to NFL.com. Jones had four catches for 66 yards and a TD. Even though it seems minor, with Jones it's still something to monitor this week.
Friday, September 9, 2016, 5:48pm
Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) took full practice reps again Friday. The “full” practice alleviates any concerns about the ankle, and Dan Quinn confirmed this saying that Jones is “fully ready to go.” Dial him up.
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7:04pm
Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. The “full” practice alleviates any concerns about the ankle. Jones is fully expected to play against the Buccaneers.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:40pm
Coach Dan Quinn was confident in his team’s overall heath ahead of the Falcons’ first regular game against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
“Other than (Jones and Ward), we’re doing well,” Quinn said. “We anticipate those two being at full strength for Wednesday’s practice and they’ll participate some today.”
Jones, last season’s league leading receiver with 1,871 yards, and Ward are still working though an ankle injuries sustained during preseason.
He didn't play Thursday night in the Falcons' 17-15 win over the Jaguars, but Julio Jones' mere presence on the field during pregame warm-ups was a good sign for the Falcons heading into the regular season.
Jones injured an ankle during last week's third preseason game against Miami in Orlando. He was nowhere to be seen during practice Sunday through Tuesday, so Thursday was his first time back in front of the public eye since the injury.
Jones went through a light workout with the other receivers, fielding passes from Matt Ryan and testing his ability to turn, pivot and accelerate up the field. He did it at half speed, but told Falcons coach Dan Quinn that he was encouraged. The team at least expects Jones to be close to a full go on Monday for practice.
Teammate Julio Jones was the first to say Ryan's arm is much stronger than it was last year, and Ryan would be the first to agree. After eight NFL seasons, the 31-year-old Ryan decided to step out of his normal offseason routine, in part, to enhance his ability to throw deep.
Ryan visited Tom House and Adam Dedeaux of the acclaimed 3DQB training facility in Los Angeles after hearing recommendations, the story said. House, a former major league pitcher and pitching coach, and Dedeaux, a former pitcher at USC, developed a program aimed to improve the overall throwing performance of quarterbacks by focusing on four key areas: functional strength and conditioning, mechanics and motion analysis, mental and emotional management, and nutrition. They've worked with Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Carson Palmer, to name a few.
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