September 27: Jones will not play in Week 3.
Early on Sunday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Jones chances of playing didn’t “sound overly encouraging.”
“It’s nip and tuck, up in the air,” one source told Schefter. Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com previously reported that Jones would be a game-time decision.
Without Jones, Atlanta will roll out Russell Gage and Calvin Ridley as their top-2 wideouts.
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September 24: Julio Jones further strained his hamstring in the loss to the Cowboys on Sunday and he didn’t practice on Wednesday. No decision on Jones’ status for Sunday vs. the Bears has been made yet and it likely won’t be decided until late in the week.
“He definitely strained it in the game from where he felt from Wednesday and Thursday and Friday of doing reps and going through it,” Coach Dan Quinn said (via ESPN). “We’ll take it all the way through (the week). This is a guy who really understands his body, knows how to work through it. But in his defense, certainly, he was ready to go and battle for it all the way through.”
Jones caught nine passes (12 targets) for 157 yards in the opener vs. the Seahawks, following that up with a two catch, 24-yard outing in Dallas.
The Falcons are 0-2, but the team should be able to bounce back, starting with the Bears this week, as our own Chris Crouse and Heavy.com’s Kelsey Kramer discussed on the Desktop GM podcast. Chicago is 2-0 with wins over Detroit and New York and they’ll face their toughest opponent of the season in Atlanta, regardless of whether Jones plays in Week 3.