Julio Jones is done for the season, and so are the Falcons
This is a huge blow to the Falcons, who have already been struggling this year but were hoping that their electric offense could play them back into contention.
The Falcons have already been fighting the injury bug, with fellow WR Roddy White missing multiple games already, as well as starting RB Steven Jackson and several injuries on the offensive line.
Now, without Jones, who is one of the games best receivers, they have virtually no hope whatsoever of digging themselves out of the hole they've dug for themselves after starting the year 1-4.
Jones leads the NFL in receptions through 5 games, with 41, and is second only to Saints TE Jimmy Graham in receiving yards with 580. He's clearly a huge factor in an offense that relies heavily on their aerial assault.
This could put Falcons coach Mike Smith even more firmly on the hot seat. He has already been widely criticized for questionable game decisions, like passing up on a field goal right before halftime against the Jets that could have allowed them to hold on to the win in Monday night's game, as well as a similar scenario against the Patriots last week.
Now, without their best receiver, it's likely that the Falcons will continue to struggle, and Smith could find himself without a job before the year ends.
Hopefully for the Falcons, Jones will recover fully and come back strong for next year. As for this year, it might be time to start tanking for JaDeveon Clowney.