Falcons WR Julio Jones Is Out For The Year
By Allen Kim
The Atlanta Falcons dismal season is about to get a lot worse. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reports that WR Julio Jones is potentially going to miss the rest of the year with a foot injury. The initial diagnosis is that he’s going to miss the rest of the season, but they’re sending him to get a second opinion before they decide whether or not to place him on injured reserve. Chris Mortensen adds that Jones is going to see foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Wednesday, and while he’s in a boot, he’s not in any pain.
This is a devastating blow to an injury-depleted roster, and it’s a shocking revelation considering he looked fine against the New York Jets last night. However, he was seen with a noticeable limp exiting the X-ray room after the game.
Jones’ injury makes any attempt to turn their season around all the more difficult. The No. 1 seed in the NFC last year, they’re currently 1-4 and on the outside looking in at a playoff berth. The New Orleans Saints are all but assured to win the NFC South with the way they’re playing right now, and it’s hard to see the Falcons winning one of the Wild Card spots.
If the Falcons do indeed miss the playoffs, they’ll have to make some moves in the offseason to retool the team. While most of the problems they need to adress are on the defensive side of the ball, they have to consider making some changes on offense too. TE Tony Gonzalez is going to retire after this year, and both Roddy White and Steven Jackson certainly aren’t getting any younger. The team can only hope that their All-Pro receiver is able to make a full recovery for next season if he is indeed headed to injured reserve.
Update: Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Dr. Anderson confirmed that Jones has a fracture in his foot and is going to miss the rest of the season.