Falcons fear Julio Jones lost for season

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If you were a Falcons fan who thought things couldn’t get much worse after Monday night’s loss to the Jets, you were wrong.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Falcons fear receiver Julio Jones will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury suffered on Monday night. Jones will get a second opinion, but the first medical opinion provided grim news.

Jones is one of the bright spots in a disappointing season for the Falcons, leading the team with 41 catches for 580 yards.

The 1-4 Falcons are already four games behind the Saints in the NFC South. Losing Jones for the season would be a devastating blow from which Atlanta may not be able to recover.

123 responses to “Falcons fear Julio Jones lost for season

  1. Man, losing a 1st, a 1st, a 2nd, a 4th and a 4th at one time. Ouch.

    This is why you don’t trade a fortune for a WR. He’s been everything the Falcons could have hoped for and more. He’s having a tremendous season. And the team is 1-4.

    QB, LT, pass rusher…those guys might be worth a king’s ransom. A WR? No way.

    And now he goes down with injury. Falcons are done.

  2. Just fold the tent like the Saints did last year and come back stronger. It’s over for this year. The Falcons need a difference maker on defense and have needed one for a long time.

    I know it’s a microwave society where everyone wants coaches fired if they lose for one season, but Smith has been great for that franchise that never had consecutive winning seasons and Ryan is capable of winning a Super Bowl if you can bolster the defense, stop putting everything on his shoulders because he’s not Brady, Brees, or manning. He’s a step below those guys.

  3. “In the 2011 NFL Draft the Falcons traded their first-round pick (27th overall), second-round pick (59th overall) and fourth-round pick along with their 2012 first-round pick (22nd overall) and fourth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for their first-round pick (sixth overall), which was eventually used to land Julio Jones.”

    Front Office Fail. Time to reload, birds.

  4. Rough go for Tony Gonzalez and ATL. They talked him out of retirement for a deep SB run and this will definitely derail those aspirations

  5. wearethesteelers says:Oct 8, 2013 1:15 PM

    “Only down hill from here.”

    This is opposed to the Steelers, who appear to be unable to sink any lower.

  6. Hard as it is to watch a season turn so sour on a team once powerful, it can have its rejuvenating aspects through the draft. Looking at you, Falcons and Giants—just ask the Colts.

  7. That one-armed catch in the photo was extraordinary.

    Too bad there won’t be any more this year.

  8. Look, even if Atlanta made the Super Bowl its not like they were going to win it. The Game is being played outside this year in February in New Jersey. They wouldn’t have even been competitive.

    Their year was last year when the game was on turf, inside a dome, in New Orleans.

  9. Gonzales is now probably wishing he retired after last season…great player coming back for one last shot at a ring…too bad. Does this officially close ATL’s window?

  10. Best wishes to Julio for a complete recovery. Now, The League should find a way to get Gonzalez to the Patriots. Give Tony one last shot at a Ring, and give Gronk more time to get well.

  11. Sorry that #11 is going thru this. I actually preached that he was the best WR in the 2011 draft even ahead of AJ Green. But, b/c the people of Atlanta are so annoying with their wanna be Alpha Plus city mentality, I’m glad it’s getting even worse for them.

  12. If I were Tony Gonzalez I would ask for a trade to a contender.
    Maybe Atlanta could get a 4 or a 5 out of it.

    do it out of respect for Tony Gonzalez.

  13. Two words… Kenny Britt

    Come on Falcons, do it! Try and resurrect this chumps career. He’s been languishing on the bench of my dynasty league fantasy team for years! I (like the Titans) have just been too afraid to cut his sorry a– in fear he’ll actually turn into something and make me regret my decision.

  14. I’m a Saints fan so naturally I hate this man. That said, the NFL is better with him in it and I hope he makes it back soon.

  15. Fire Smith. Not losing anything doing that. All the fans of other teams who think he’s great can have him.

    And tell TD he’s next if they don’t improve on both lines in 2014!

  16. So Atlanta, Pittsburgh and the Giants could all be near the top of the draft, and unlikely to take a QB.

    Clowney to Giants, Jake Matthews to Yinzers, and Anthony Barr to Falcons could go a long way twoards a nice bounceback for all three.

  17. As a Pats fan I offer my sympathy to the Faclons fans. Julio is a beast and a pleasure to watch when he’s not playing my team. Get well soon, JJ.

  18. Say it ain’t so… There is absolutely no one left on the waiver wire in my 16 team league. I’ve got Golden Tate as my #2 WR, Vincent Brown at Flex and Cordelle Patterson on the bench. I’m going to have to get creative with the flavor of the week. At least Gronk is coming back (fingers crossed) this week.

  19. bcetour says:
    Oct 8, 2013 1:20 PM
    “In the 2011 NFL Draft the Falcons traded their first-round pick (27th overall), second-round pick (59th overall) and fourth-round pick along with their 2012 first-round pick (22nd overall) and fourth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for their first-round pick (sixth overall), which was eventually used to land Julio Jones.”

    Front Office Fail. Time to reload, birds.

    =====

    Just an FYI, those picks ended up being Jonathan Baldwin, Greg Little, Owen Marecic, Brandon Weeden, and Jarius Wright. Maybe the ATL front office could’ve done better, but man, the Falcons made out like bandits compared to that motley crew.

  20. To all that are saying it was a bad trade for Atlanta and its stupid to draft a WR for all those picks: who did Cleveland draft with those picks? I bet you no one better than Julio!

    Falcons season is done anyway. Get healthy Julio and come back better than ever! Falcons can enter the Jadaevon Clowney (sp?) sweepstakes now!

  21. Well, if you’re going to lose a superstar for the season, it might as well be a season that was starting to circle the bowl anyway.

  22. Considering the $30mil+ of dead money locked up in Matt Ryan’s contract for a team that will need to draft a franchise QB in the first round, Julio’s injury is the least of their problems.

  23. I’d like to see the Falcons trade Gonzalez to a true contender now. That guy is a special player and even better person it seems. Would really like to see him go out with a ring. Maybe to Seattle or Denver

  24. Too many takes in making his Carry to Victory commercial put extra strain on his foot…..should have made Matt Ryan carry her.

  25. tarmacjerry says:
    Oct 8, 2013 1:37 PM
    T2T: Time to Tank

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    Agreed.

  26. bcetour says:
    Oct 8, 2013 1:20 PM
    “In the 2011 NFL Draft the Falcons traded their first-round pick (27th overall), second-round pick (59th overall) and fourth-round pick along with their 2012 first-round pick (22nd overall) and fourth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for their first-round pick (sixth overall), which was eventually used to land Julio Jones.”

    Front Office Fail. Time to reload, birds.

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    Waaaaaaaait a minute. A third-year player who was just starting to emerge as the team’s #1 passing threat sustains an unfortunate season-ending injury, and he’s deemed a front office fail because of what the Falcons gave up for him?

    That’s so over the top premature I don’t know where to start.

    Yeah it stinks for the team, but given how deep of a hole they had dug for themselves already, there wasn’t much chance for them to rebound anyway. Jones will come back next year and he’ll still be the team’s #1 wide out, so why exactly is he a fail?

  27. A lot of people feeling sorry for Tony Gonzalez. He’s getting $7 million this year and will be retired by the age of 38. We should all have it so rough.

  28. That commercial for VISA looks pretty funny now, and we get to enjoy it for the rest of the season!

    “Dance, dance, dance to the Julio”

    To answer his question in the commercial, I do think it will catch on and people will be doing the dance when they score on Atlanta in the circus dome.

  29. Hey Julio, I need you to RISE UP very slowly on these crutches so we can measure you for this walking cast.

  30. marcinhouston says: Oct 8, 2013 1:37 PM

    Considering the $30mil+ of dead money locked up in Matt Ryan’s contract for a team that will need to draft a franchise QB in the first round, Julio’s injury is the least of their problems.
    —————

    I love this sly comment. I literally laughed out loud and you are right.

  31. I feel for the Falcons. As a Chiefs fan, I’m for sending the Falcons a draft pick to have Tony G come back home…even if it is for 11 games.

    He could make a difference on an already strong team.

  32. Sucks for Julio. HOF career for Gonzalez, but wrap this season up.
    Falcons just don’t have the championship pedigree. Mike Smith is a decent coach but not going to take them to the next level …..

  33. Trade Tony Gonzalez to a contender that needs a big time receiving weapon for a Super Bowl run. The greatest tight end in NFL history gets one more shot at Super Bowl glory, and the Falcons get a pick that can help them rebuild the o-line and defence. It would only be a one-year rental, so I doubt anyone gives up more than a 4th rounder, but you might be able to squeeze a 3rd rounder out of a team that thinks Tony will be the one who makes the difference.

  34. I am sorry about the injury, but for those talking here like Julio Jones is the second coming of Jerry Rice, let us remember that dating back to Alabama, this guy was good for a dropped TD pass about once per game – including last night. That was why I thought on draft day the Falcons were nuts to give up that much to draft him.

  35. I love Julio, an up and coming top 3 W.O along with Dez, this sucks if indeed its a Lisfranc injury (i am speculating here), he may be able to play through it but doubt that. As a FF owner of Julio and Marty Ice this sucks, wish him a speedy recovery.

  36. so many mocking a team and a guy for not living up to expectations, I mean really, you fault jones for being compared for jerry rice? how dare he get such comparisons!

    it sucks that we lose one of the best WR’s in the game to watch. fan of the team or not(not)

  37. thehouseofho says:
    Oct 8, 2013 1:34 PM

    Just an FYI, those picks ended up being Jonathan Baldwin, Greg Little, Owen Marecic, Brandon Weeden, and Jarius Wright. Maybe the ATL front office could’ve done better, but man, the Falcons made out like bandits compared to that motley crew.
    =========

    And with those picks they could have easily had
    Muhammad Wilkerson, Randall Cobb and either Julius Thomas or Richard Sherman with the 2011 picks alone.

  38. This season just gets better and better.
    Almost like Christmas in September.
    Saints 5-0, Falcons 1-4 and things are just going to get worse for the filthy birds.
    Roddy White hurt and he’ll be double covered. Harry Douglas plays like Kirk Douglas. Tony G and his 7 yd routes wont help much with 7 guys in the box all day.
    WHO DAT!!!!!!

  39. Yikes. I’m a Saints fan, and I’ve been enjoying the Falcons losing, but don’t like the idea of players (especially talented players like Julio Jones) getting injured and not being able to play the game.

    I agree with everyone else: though unlikely, it’d be great if Gonzalez was traded to someone else like the Chiefs. That way, he could retire a Chief and get one last shot at a Superbowl.

  40. @spicymudbugs: Man, root for our team to win, their team to lose, but don’t gloat when their players suffer injuries.

  41. Man there going to ruin Tony Gonzolas last season. And now Roddy white might be done for the year to. There season will be horrible.

  42. Man, losing a 1st, a 1st, a 2nd, a 4th and a 4th at one time. Ouch.

    This is why you don’t trade a fortune for a WR. He’s been everything the Falcons could have hoped for and more. He’s having a tremendous season. And the team is 1-4.

    QB, LT, pass rusher…those guys might be worth a king’s ransom. A WR? No way.

    And now he goes down with injury. Falcons are done.
    ————–

    Ya, because Brandon Weeden, Jonathan Baldwin and Greg Little are so much more valuable than Julio Jones.

  43. I feel bad for Gonzales … amazingly all that talent would have been on a sofa this season.. looks like he has 2-3 more years in him if not more.

  44. As a die hard saints fan, I’m really sad to know Julio was injured; he’s a great athlete and beast on the field and I hope and pray that he has a full recovery and come back stronger next year…

  45. For everyone hollering about Matty Ice and the offense and how much you spent to get him. …..the problem with the Falcons is D. They have put up the points, but if your D doesn’t make stops, against even the worst teams, you can’t score enough points!

  46. ——————————
    wearethesteelers says:
    Oct 8, 2013 1:15 PM
    Only down hill from here.
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    Are you referring to the Falcons or the Steelers?

  47. jamaltimore says:
    Oct 8, 2013 1:19 PM
    Don’t worry the Great Matty Ice will not let this stop the team.

    He’s better than Flacco and I’m a Ravens fan.

  48. Falcons stink cus they are playing the bills in Toronto this year. Nfl has to make sure every game in Toronto is turrrrible. Surprised NYG is not coming to Toronto this year.

  49. Too bad…wanted them healthy for another who dat beatdown on TNF! Big Brother Saints wish Julio a speedy recovery…so we can slap dat ass around next year too! TNF…Saints 60, Failcants 7.

  50. Tony G. should have gone out last year. This season is going to be a LOOOOOONG one for him and the rest of the team.

  51. Good luck to Julio in his recovery; just sucks for him.

    Saints never folded the tent last year; our defense was awful so we lost, but there is no quit in these Saints.

  52. Even if he wasn’t injured I doubt the Falcons would have made the playoffs. They don’t look like a team that was capable of going 9-2/8-3 the rest of the season.

  53. jh012 says:
    Oct 8, 2013 2:13 PM
    Man, losing a 1st, a 1st, a 2nd, a 4th and a 4th at one time. Ouch.

    This is why you don’t trade a fortune for a WR. He’s been everything the Falcons could have hoped for and more. He’s having a tremendous season. And the team is 1-4.

    QB, LT, pass rusher…those guys might be worth a king’s ransom. A WR? No way.

    And now he goes down with injury. Falcons are done.
    ————–

    Ya, because Brandon Weeden, Jonathan Baldwin and Greg Little are so much more valuable than Julio Jones.

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    Jonathan Baldwin? Where did you pull that name from?
    To date, Julio Jones hands down is better than any of the players the Browns selected with those picks, that coming from a Browns fan, but do your research if you are going to hate on a comment.

    The Browns used the picks from the Falcons to draft:
    Phil Taylor, Greg Little, Brandon Weeden and Owen Marecic. Another one of the picks was sent to Minnesota in the trade up to get Trent Richardson. Phil Taylor however, is a monster in the middle of a very underrated Browns Def and should be a pro-bowler this year, so I guess only time will tell who actually came out on top of the trade. Hoping for a quick recovery for Julio as he is one of the most entertaining players in the NFL to watch.

  54. They should trade Tony Gonzales to the Saints. Can you imagine a double tight end formation with Jimmy Graham and Tony Gonzales. That would be an unbeatable team for sure.

  55. Hopefully they can flex schedule the Falcons off of their remaining prime time games, along with the Steelers and Giants… Their window was last year and their defense let them down. If Dimitroff is as good as Falcons fans think, he would trade Gonzo and Roddy to the highest bidder. Draft some OLine, linebackers, and secondary, TE, and a WR2. Starting to become a trend, teams that gave their qb’s big $$$, will not improve under the current cap structure… Pittsburgh, G-Men, and now Atlanta. Skins and Ravens waiting in the wings. (Skins mortgaged their future giving too many picks for RGMe…)

  56. Mike Smith and his arrogant smirk remain, so Atlanta’s not done falling yet….don’t forget Ryan chewing up cap space with his monster contract.

    Falcons should trade Gonzalez back to the Chiefs.

  57. Falcons 1-4
    Browns 3-2

    I guess Julio isn’t the diference-maker that some Atlanta troll keeps telling Cleveland fans that he is.

    Let’s see how the season plays out from here, troll…

  58. According to ESPN failcant fans are 31st in the league when it comes to enthusiasm and loyalty…hence the inability to sell out your little stadium. 1-15…haha, haha, HA…WHO DAT!

  59. If the Falcons are open to a Tony Gonzalez trade (unlikely, but who knows), I hope the Ravens jump in, assuming the price is right. Perfect fit… Ravens are in dire need of another pair of reliable hands with Pitta out for the year, and Tony’s a classy guy who deserves a shot at a ring.

  60. I guess now we get to see what Matt Ryan is really made of.

    But on another note, I said when they signed Jackson, as great as he is individially, he has never made the team around him any better. Now he has his paycheck, he is content to just sit.

    Will this be just another year he is a part of a losing team?

  61. mavajo says:
    Oct 8, 2013 1:18 PM
    “Man, losing a 1st, a 1st, a 2nd, a 4th and a 4th at one time. Ouch.

    This is why you don’t trade a fortune for a WR. He’s been everything the Falcons could have hoped for and more. He’s having a tremendous season. And the team is 1-4.

    QB, LT, pass rusher…those guys might be worth a king’s ransom. A WR? No way.

    And now he goes down with injury. Falcons are done.”

    Captain 20/20 hindsight on board, and really just a flawed comment on so many levels. Theyre 1-4 now, but what were they the last two seasons with Julio? No single player is the only reason a team wins or loses, with the lone exception being the QB. You claim an elite LT is? How have the Browns been with Joe Thomas? Pass rusher? How have the chiefs been the last few years with Tamba Hali. Youre right that giving up a kings ransom for a single player is risky, but players of Julio’s caliber dont come around often and are worth it, regardless of position.

  62. bcetour says:
    Oct 8, 2013 1:20 PM
    “In the 2011 NFL Draft the Falcons traded their first-round pick (27th overall), second-round pick (59th overall) and fourth-round pick along with their 2012 first-round pick (22nd overall) and fourth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for their first-round pick (sixth overall), which was eventually used to land Julio Jones.”

    Front Office Fail. Time to reload, birds.”

    Speaking of birds, have you been sitting at your computer for the last two and a half years, waiting for the perfect opportunity to unload this genius comment? Cheers bro, you’re really awesome. Just remember that hes 24 years old, so if he comes back and dominates for the next decade it will still be a front office *win*.

  63. Attention Falcon staff:

    – Chad Johnson is available. I would seriously consider giving him a look. He should get a second chance, just like Mike Vick got a second chance.
    – That offense should put up a minimum of 30 points a game. The problem is the defense can’t get the opposing team’s offense off the damn field.
    – Look at boosting your defense somehow, especially the pass rush.

  64. “Man, losing a 1st, a 1st, a 2nd, a 4th and a 4th at one time. Ouch.

    This is why you don’t trade a fortune for a WR. He’s been everything the Falcons could have hoped for and more. He’s having a tremendous season. And the team is 1-4.

    QB, LT, pass rusher…those guys might be worth a king’s ransom. A WR? No way.”

    99 times out of 100 I would agree, but Jones is that rare specimen of limitless ability that you give up that kind of cheddar for. Its a shame and saddens me that he caught such a terrible break, but this is a guy you can build around. Falcons are a few good olinemen away from being a top team again. That and get a new playcaller and they will be just fine next year and that young TE looked like he was the goods so they have that too.

  65. In addition, Chad Johnson would probably play for “peanuts” just to get back into the league.

  66. Oh no! Of course, as a Bama fan, I love Julio. But second to that, I just enjoy watching him play. That one-handed catch last night–while a defender was illegally hanging off his other arm–was magic.

  67. I’m embarrassed by other falcons fans. Most of them are the worst fans in sports. It makes me sad. When things are going good they whine and bitch. When things start going bad they whine and bitch more. It makes me embarrassed to be a true fan. Even when they are down I’m still supporting them. The rest of these complainers should just jump ship and cheer for the saints. If they haven’t already. Falcons fans suck!!!!

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