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Julio Jones returns to practice

Julio Jones,  Corey Lynch AP

The Falcons bottomed out at 2-3 after a Week Five loss to the Packers.  Making matters worse was a hamstring injury that has knocked rookie receiver Julio Jones out of action for two games, against the Panthers and Lions.

The good news?  The Falcons won both of them.  The better news?  Jones was back at practice on Monday, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

It was good to have Julio back out there today,” coach Mike Smith said.  “We felt that Julio was very close to returning for the Detroit game and, obviously, another week enhanced his chances of being ready for this week.”

The Falcons will file an injury report Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, in advance of Sunday’s game against the Colts.  Those reports will give a much clearer indication as to whether Jones will play in a game that the Falcons should be able to win without Jones.  Or roughly 40 percent of the rest of their roster.

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7 Responses to “Julio Jones returns to practice”
  1. cakemixa says: Nov 1, 2011 9:50 AM

    Glad he’s back. Now, they can try to run the offense in a way that they cannot, and they’ll go back to losing. Keep trying to force the deep ball, guys!

  2. ovacs says: Nov 1, 2011 11:26 AM

    Expecting Julio to explode once he’s back now that Falcons are playing Falcons football again. The time Harry D got while he was out also allowed him to elevate his game. Colts should be a nice appetizer to the Aints.

  3. Deb says: Nov 1, 2011 11:48 AM

    Great news!! Looking forward to seeing Julio back on the field contributing for the Falcons! Roll Tide!!

  4. woodyg says: Nov 1, 2011 12:23 PM

    Julio back at practice allows the the birds to once again practice forcing the ball downfield ….. It works great & looks good in practice but simply doesn’t translate to ‘real games’ ….. They’d be better off teaching Julio to block downfield for Turner rushes ….. The birds are going to wish they had all those draft picks back when their record starts going south ……

  5. beastson says: Nov 1, 2011 12:59 PM

    Every time Julio’s name is mentioned, Holmgren chuckles and almost chokes on his pretzels

  6. Nevis says: Nov 1, 2011 2:30 PM

    Translation: Now they’ll go back to throwing every down, forcing balls to Julio, getting away from Michael Turner and end up being lucky to win 9 games.

    Great news for Falcons fans.

  7. falconsfanonxbl says: Nov 5, 2011 11:23 AM

    I think Julio getting hurt was the best thing that could have happened, now they know what was wrong when they were losing. They were forcing the ball to Julio because it’s like that new toy you get for Christmas and how you have to play with it, but once it broke they realize the old toys were just as fun and now they will slowly integrate him in. They will still probably give him the ball a lot but only because they don’t want to let he new toy go to waste, I doubt the Falcons will abandon the run anymore.

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