Running back Julius Jones’ return from a lung contusion took a bit of a step back when he didn’t practice on Wednesday. Mora had hoped Jones would be able to go in practice and begin rebuilding some of the fitness level and stamina lost since suffering the injury early in the loss to Arizona two weeks ago.
“We did tests (Wednesday) morning and he’s just not ready to go yet,” Mora said.
But Mora still hopes that Jones will be ready by Sunday.
“If he can play, he’s our starting halfback,” Mora said.
Still there is some question as to how much of the rushing workload the Hawks can realistically put on Jones.
“We are going to have to monitor it through the game on Sunday, where his conditioning is,” Mora said. “I don’t think we’ll have the answer to that question (un)til we get to the game. We’ll watch him practice and we’ll have a general feel. But until he starts getting popped and has to run a play every 30 seconds with 11 guys trying to hit him, we won’t know for sure.”