Julio Jones doubtful for Bucs-Steelers

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Once again, it looks like the Buccaneers won’t have receiver Julio Jones.

Tampa Bay has listed Jones as doubtful for Sunday’s matchup against Pittsburgh with a knee injury. Jones did not participate in all three days of practice.

Jones has played just two games so far this year for the Bucs. He caught three passes for 69 yards in the season-opening win against Dallas, also taking a pair of carries for 17 yards. He then had a 7-yard catch in the Week Four loss to Kansas City.

Jones has struggled mightily with injuries over the past few seasons. He played nine games in 2020, his final season with Atlanta. He played 10 for Tennessee last year, catching 31 passes for just 434 yards with one touchdown.

Safety Mike Edwards, who was a limited participant in practice all week, is officially questionable after head coach Todd Bowles called him a game-day decision earlier on Friday.

As Bowles also mentioned, defensive tackle Akeem Hicks (foot), cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (quad), and safety Logan Ryan (foot) are out.

5 responses to “Julio Jones doubtful for Bucs-Steelers

  1. This one is going to get ugly. It’s hard to find a coach/team/defense that Brady has owned more than the Steelers. Tomlin will have his team playing zone and Brady will pick them apart…..and Mike will be patrolling the sideline looking lost

  2. Brady is 9-3 vs Pittsburgh in his career, 3-0 in Playoffs/Championship games. He’s the last guy they want to see at this point. They may win a couple more games this year, but they could also go 1-16. It’s not out of the realm of possibility. The 2023 Draft is top heavy with pass rushers, DB’s, and WR’s. There only a couple of O-Lineman ranked in the top 15-20 spots. They should be able to trade back with QB and pass rush needy teams to get an O-lineman and pick up some extra draft capital. I don’t see any franchise tackles available though. They have to focus on the O-line to give Pickett a chance. Najee Harris could benefit as well, though there may simply be issues with his ability to make people miss.

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