Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones missed his second consecutive practice with an ankle injury Monday but is expected to return to the practice field no later than the start of next week.
Coach Dan Quinn said Jones is unlikely to play in Thursday night's final exhibition against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a game where the starters typically rest. Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan played one snap in last year's final preseason game against Baltimore.
Quinn remains optimistic about Jones' status in preparation for the Sept. 11 season opener against Tampa Bay. Jones was banged up in the second quarter of last Thursday's 17-6 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins while trying to track down a deep ball from Matt Ryan.