Julio Jones done for the season with foot injury

Falcons lose Julio Jones for the season to foot injury

10/8/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

When reporters saw Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones leaving the X-ray room after the team's Monday night loss to the New York Jets, it did not spark too much concern. After all, Jones had finished the game - an eight catch, 99 yard performance - and the Falcons have a Week 6 bye, leaving Jones with two weeks to get healthy for his next game.

Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) is stopped short of the goal line by New York Jets safety Josh Bush (32) during the first half at the Georgia Dome. The Jets defeated the Falcons 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY SportsThe news that came from that X-ray room, however, was just about as bad as it gets. FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported on Tuesday afternoon that the Falcons' "initial determination" is that Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a right foot injury. Jones will get a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis, but the Falcons are "not optimistic."

This is an absolutely devastating loss to a team that was already among the league's biggest disappointments. Jones was enjoying a true breakout campaign, and was on pace to top Jerry Rice's second-best all-time receiving yardage mark for a single season.

The Falcons will now move forward with a gimpy Roddy White as their No. 1 receiver, and a perennially disappointing Harry Douglas as their second option. The loss will likely be a significant blow to the production of quarterback Matt Ryan, while the lack of an elite field stretcher may also affect underneath pass catchers such as Tony Gonzalez.

Entering their bye with a 1-4 record and coming off a terribly disappointing upset loss, Jones' injury just might put the Falcons' morale at an all-time low. I'd be surprised if this Super Bowl-hopeful squad ended up in the playoffs.
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10/8/13   |   Beaneaters   |   17801 respect

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