Falcons coach Mike Smith didn’t exactly dispute the reports about the fear that star wide receiver Julio Jones could be lost for the season.
But in talking about the foot injury, he also shined a little light on Jones’ pain tolerance.
Smith said the foot injury (for which Jones is getting a second opinion with Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte tomorrow) happened prior to Jones’ amazing one-handed 46-yard catch in the fourth quarter of last night’s loss to the Jets.
“I spoke with Julio and Julio is a tough guy in terms of the exact play, but we think we’ve pretty much pinpointed when it happened,” Smith said, via the team’s official website.
Smith acknowledged it was a tough blow, but said it was “premature” to say he was certainly out for the season.
“Julio injured his foot last night,” Smith said. “He saw our doctors this morning. . . . The first reports were not encouraging, but we will wait to see what the second opinion comes back as.”
That sounds like the kind of thing you say when you’re clinging to hope, the way the 1-4 Falcons are clinging to a season.