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Falcons lose Julio Jones for at least a week

Julio Jones ,Sam Shields AP

In losing to the Packers (again) on Sunday night in Atlanta, the Falcons also lost a fairly important player.

Jones suffered a hamstring injury during the game, and it’s bad enough to knock him out for at least one week.

Coach Mike Smith said Wednesday that Jones has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Panthers.

He’ll be out this week,” Smith said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  “We hope to get him back.  He worked out with our training staff today.  He did some running around.  He’s already back out on the field working.  We are hoping that after this week, we’ll get him back the following week.”

Harry Douglas will replace Jones in the starting lineup against the Panthers.  Next week, the Falcons go to Detroit.

Jones has 25 catches for 358 yards in his five NFL games.  That’s good, but not enough to justify (so far) the package of picks that the Falcons surrendered in order to move up in the draft to get him.

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32 Responses to “Falcons lose Julio Jones for at least a week”
  1. realitypolice says: Oct 12, 2011 4:13 PM

    He was kind of lost last week, too.

  2. 808raiderinparadise says: Oct 12, 2011 4:14 PM

    Trading 2 years worth of draft picks for a #2 WR was genius. The team must of thought they got detroyed by Green Bay in the playoffs at home last year because they didn’t have another WR???? … horrible move, just dug a grave for the flacons playoff hopes, when Aaron Rodgers knifed bullets all over the field I guess Julio Jones is the solution?

  3. iambadkid says: Oct 12, 2011 4:14 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE NEED JULIO JONES HES THE BIG PLAY GUY!!!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOO

  4. johnnybuc says: Oct 12, 2011 4:19 PM

    Like he’s REALLY made a difference so far………..

  5. rmorales7 says: Oct 12, 2011 4:21 PM

    now roddy white can get some more targets

  6. burntorangehorn says: Oct 12, 2011 4:22 PM

    I watched the kid all three years he was in college, and while I definitely saw the raw talent, I really thought he was an under-achiever who sometimes just plain disappeared. Other times he was just plain nicked up. Actually lots of times.

  7. tnsteve says: Oct 12, 2011 4:22 PM

    90/1145 if plays 16 games not too shabby for a wr2…how many other teams can make that claim?

  8. axespray says: Oct 12, 2011 4:22 PM

    good player, but 5 draft picks?

    man… you coulda got Titus Young or Cobb or that Raven’s Rookie WR with 2nd/3rd round picks. Spend those other picks on Oline/Defense/etc. Build a team.

  9. brownsfn says: Oct 12, 2011 4:24 PM

    Just keep losing games and making our 1st and 4th round draft picks better Atlanta…

  10. kayotiicdat says: Oct 12, 2011 4:27 PM

    Not only his he busted looking, but he’s looking like a bust so far… Nice draft Failcants, your defense gets torched by the Packers and yall give up the house for your 2nd choice WR. Makes total sense now LOL

  11. dirtybird70 says: Oct 12, 2011 4:27 PM

    Johnnybuc LOL. How about that Niner game?

    Oh and stay off the AF.com message board! ;)

  12. cowartsh says: Oct 12, 2011 4:29 PM

    So i guess he has to justify the pick in the first 5 games of his rookie season. Those numbers are about what you would expect considering white and gonzales get a lot of touches

  13. southcakpanther says: Oct 12, 2011 4:30 PM

    Lets go Panthers. It’s going to be hard for our injury depleted defense to stop Turner and White, but Cam can lead our offense. Cam has proven he can run his offense against defenses much better than the Falcons. Time for the Panthers to put it all together and get a W this Sunday.

  14. cowboyscountry says: Oct 12, 2011 4:31 PM

    BUST

  15. gustavejfrerotte says: Oct 12, 2011 4:33 PM

    But this guy is putting up Randy Moss-like rookie numbers. He has to be, for what they gave up for him.

    He’ll be lucky to put up Randy Moss 2005 Oakland Raiders numbers.

    Gonna be tough to get better on defense, or anywhere else for that matter, in the next two drafts with that genius move. Maybe three years from now you can BEGIN to address other issues.

    “THAT is a crazy number of draft picks!”

    -signed, Mike Ditka

  16. ytownie says: Oct 12, 2011 4:37 PM

    Browns get three starters (Taylor, Little & Marecic) plus #1 and #4 next year. With the way the Falcons are playing that #1 is looking better and better. Thanks Atlanta! We’ll be a trading partner anytime.

  17. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Oct 12, 2011 4:38 PM

    That’s on pace for 80 catches and almost 1200 yards in his ROOKIE season. That’s nothing to sneeze at…

  18. gustavejfrerotte says: Oct 12, 2011 4:40 PM

    Not a hater, seems like a decent kid. But that was just plain dumb on the Falcons part.

    “90/1145 if plays 16 games not too shabby for a wr2…how many other teams can make that claim?”

    Well, looking like he is down to 15 games now.

    “So i guess he has to justify the pick in the first 5 games of his rookie season.”

    For what they gave up, it sure as heck better be sooner rather than later, dontcha think?

  19. dfalcon3522 says: Oct 12, 2011 4:50 PM

    He is on pace to have 80 catches and 1100 yards…. That’s not too bad for a rookie season opposite of roddy white. Also in a run first offense

  20. mvp43 says: Oct 12, 2011 4:52 PM

    Jones will be a good player, but maybe its time to start questioning how good Ryan really is?

  21. bnwillard says: Oct 12, 2011 4:56 PM

    This report makes sense. The Falcaints will need some sort of excuse after the Panthers thrash them on Sunday.

    “Matty Ice” is the most overrated QB in the league. He’s marginally better than say, Matt Cassell

  22. gregm5s7 says: Oct 12, 2011 4:56 PM

    tnsteve says:Oct 12, 2011 4:22 PM

    90/1145 if plays 16 games not too shabby for a wr2…how many other teams can make that claim?

    ——————————————————-

    Atlanta is going #1 seed to missing the playoffs…how many other teams can make that claim?

    Hail the one true Jones!
    James Jones had 140 yards on the falcons D…He’s a WR4. lolz

  23. cwmorga says: Oct 12, 2011 4:59 PM

    @tnsteve says: Oct 12, 2011 4:22 PM

    90/1145 if plays 16 games not too shabby for a wr2…how many other teams can make that claim?

    —————————

    Yeah but he was drafted to be their deep threat yet he’s averaging 14 YPR, which is behind noted burners Anquan Boldin and Sidney Rice.

    And he has 0 TDs.

    It’s way too early to ponder whether or not he was worth what they gave up, but so far he hasn’t had the impact on the offense that the front offense was hoping for when they moved up (at considerable expense) to get him.

  24. mypackersownyourteam says: Oct 12, 2011 5:09 PM

    “Trading 2 years worth of draft picks for a #2 WR was genius. The team must of thought they got detroyed by Green Bay in the playoffs at home last year because they didn’t have another WR????”

    ____________________________________

    My thoughts exactly when they drafted him. Can Julio Jones help stop Aaron Rodgers? Not from the WR position. Dumb move. But funny from a Packers fan point of view.

  25. gregm5s7 says: Oct 12, 2011 5:11 PM

    I like Julio as a player, but I don’t know how you give up that much for a WR, especially the 2nd best in his own draft class. No team is ever “just 1 piece away”.

    I do admire the balls to swing for the fences the way the Falcons and Eagles have done, but if the ends justify the means it’s clear that these have been steps backwards instead of steps forwards (eagles being more readily apparent). Ryan got killed when they played the Eagles, and had Mike Vick finished that game Atlanta most likely would be 1-4, with their sole win against the Seahawks.

  26. pmars64 says: Oct 12, 2011 5:16 PM

    Falcons season of misery gets worse. Jones is on pace for about 80 catches, but how many would he really have if Blank didn’t force the coaching staff and Ryan to throw to him to justify the trade. It almost cost them the Eagles game. It’s no secret Roddy has s*cked in part because of the emphasis on Jones. This team is a mess right now with a meddling owner and issues in the locker-room. Plus their o-line s*cks right now and Turner looks like his best days are behind them. And what about that coaching staff that had no answers once the Packers switched to man defense? I’m glad I’m not a Falcons fan because that was the most disturbing result from Sunday’s game. Browns will get a top 15 pick at worst when the dust settles on this season. Panthers in a rout this Sunday.

  27. buschleaguebandit says: Oct 12, 2011 5:22 PM

    haters gonna hate…its funny how social networking gives all you clowns an opinion to hate! Like yesterday when everbody was hating on CAM….

    Julio is a rookie WR in an offense that has alot of options on the offense side of the ball…Give this dude a few years and he will be a top 5 WR in the league..Calvin Johnson maybe in the making?

    Keep ur head up Julio, the sky is the limit!!!

  28. kayotiicdat says: Oct 12, 2011 6:27 PM

    Wait Calvin Johnson in the making??? Just stop, seriously stop. OMG

  29. teal379 says: Oct 12, 2011 6:46 PM

    Can we please stop with the “haters gonna hate” on EACH AND EVERY post/story about an individual player?

    I realize that those that use this little saying like having something to say other than “Would you like fries with that?” but damn man – form an original take, use complete sentences and stop with the stupid catch phrases.

    You’re not branding a product with a slogan or catch phrase – form a thought, make sure it’s coherent and put it out there for consumption.

  30. samplymale says: Oct 12, 2011 7:03 PM

    The people here saying Jones is a “bust” and questioning his ability obviously are morons when it comes to NFL football. This guy has all the tools to be not just a “good” wr, but a GREAT one. Size, speed, and great hands, just hasn’t been targeted a lot because of Roddy. As a Lions fan, this is the one of the only young wide outs in the league that has Calvin Johnson-like abilities. In 2 years he will be the number 1 guy in Atlanta, and if he stays healthy a top 5 guy in the league.

  31. tdrundmc says: Oct 12, 2011 7:20 PM

    julio is going to be a good one, just get him a qb that can actually throw the deep ball.

  32. d3murf says: Oct 12, 2011 10:10 PM

    burntorangehorn says: Oct 12, 2011 4:22 PM

    I watched the kid all three years he was in college, and while I definitely saw the raw talent, I really thought he was an under-achiever who sometimes just plain disappeared. Other times he was just plain nicked up. Actually lots of times.
    ________________________________________________________________

    If you watched all 3 of his years at Bama you would know he was in a run first offense with marginal QB play. Hence one first rd pick at RB (Ingram), and another one on the way (T.Richardson) Quick question: What round were John Parker Wilson/Greg Mcelroy drafted? Think long and hard…If he played with Matt Stafford at UGA–I bet he would’ve looked a lot different in college.

    The problem is–he’s more of a short catch and tackle break guy. (T.O/Brandon Marshall) If you wanted a deep threat Larry Fitzgerald/Randy Moss you should’ve gotten A.J. Green. Julio is a clone of Roddy White. Throw him a 7 yd hitch and he will break the tackle and make a 20 yd gain. Just a different style of player.

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