Julio Jones

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #11
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #11
Julio Jones

Julio Jones News

Remains limited Thursday

Jones (knee) was limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Jones departed the Bucs' Week 4 matchup with the Chiefs after the first snap of the second half, ending his day with one catch (on two targets) for seven yards. It thus comes as no surprise that he continues to operate under practice limitations as he tends to a knee issue. This also has been the reality for Chris Godwin (knee), Russell Gage (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (knee/hamstring) this week, so the team's receiving corps remains in flux behind top option Mike Evans.

Oct 6, 2022 1:55 PM EST


Limited by knee injury

Jones (knee) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

Analysis: After sitting out Weeks 2 and 3 due to a knee issue, Jones suited up this past Sunday versus the Chiefs and played the entire first half, but he departed after the first snap following halftime and didn't return. Coach Todd Bowles said Jones got "nicked up" during the game, and a knee injury again seems to be culprit. All of Jones, Chris Godwin (knee), Russell Gage (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (knee/hamstring) were limited Wednesday, so the status of Tampa Bay's receiving corps remains cloudy.

Oct 5, 2022 1:50 PM EST



Misses second half of SNF

Jones (undisclosed) got "nicked up" in Sunday's 41-31 loss to the Chiefs, per coach Todd Bowles, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jones caught one of two targets for seven yards but didn't see the field again after Tampa Bay's first play of the second half. It's unclear if the undisclosed injury Jones suffered against Kansas City is related to the knee injury that has sidelined him prior to this game. Jones' practice participation will be worth monitoring ahead of the Buccaneers' Week 5 game against the Falcons.

Oct 2, 2022 9:54 PM EST


Back in action in Week 4

Jones (knee) is active for Sunday's contest versus the Chiefs.

Analysis: Jones logged back-to-back limited practices before getting a rest day Friday, which was enough to clear him for his first game action since the season opener at Dallas. In that outing, he hauled in three of five targets for 69 yards. This time around, all of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Russell Gage (hamstring) will be available to the Buccaneers offense.

Oct 2, 2022 3:54 PM EST


Expected to take on Chiefs

Jones (knee) remains a game-time decision but is expected to play vs. Kansas City on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Buccaneers are reportedly viewing Jones and Chris Godwin (hamstring) similarly, so the team could have both back in the lineup for Sunday Night Football. That said, as both remain game-time decisions, a final decision likely won't come until 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 8:20 p.m. E.T. kickoff. Jones began the week with back-to-back limited practices but was held out of Friday's session.

Oct 2, 2022 2:47 AM EST



Deemed questionable

Jones (knee), who likely will be a game-time decision, is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Chiefs, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jones and Chris Godwin (hamstring) are considered game-time calls ahead of the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, while Russell Gage (hamstring) is listed as questionable but has been playing through the same injury all season and had his best game yet last week. Jones was held out of practice Friday after limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday, with coach Todd Bowles explaining that the team needs to see how the wideout feels after a couple days of activity followed by a couple days of rest. Bowles said the team should have a better idea this weekend about whether Jones is truly ready to play after missing the past two games.

Sep 30, 2022 1:32 PM EST


Could be game-time call

Jones (knee) could be a game-time decision ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Chiefs, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jones was a limited practice participant Wednesday through Friday, but coach Todd Bowles said the real question is how the veteran wideout's body responds after a day of rest. The Bucs may thus treat both Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Jones as game-time decisions, with the latter seemingly more likely to play. Breshad Perriman, meanwhile, will be listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury, which leaves Scotty Miller as the No. 3 receiver in the unlikely event of both Godwin and Jones sitting out another week. Mike Evans is back from a one-game suspension, and Russell Gage is coming off his best game of the season in Week 3.

Sep 30, 2022 9:44 AM EST


Stays limited Thursday

Jones (knee) practiced on a limited basis Thursday.

Analysis: Jones maintained his activity level from one day prior as he attempts to gain clearance for game action for the first time since Week 1, the result of a partially torn PCL in his knee. Friday's practice report may provide some clarity into Jones' potential to play Sunday versus the Chiefs, along with that of fellow wide receivers Chris Godwin (hamstring), Russell Gage (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (knee/hamstring).

Sep 29, 2022 2:18 PM EST


Another limited practice

Jones (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Jones hasn't played since Week 1 due to what has been described as a partially torn PCL in his knee, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. After Sunday's loss to the Packers, coach Todd Bowles told Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press that Jones could have played Week 3, but the Buccaneers held him out as a precaution. Jones now has logged capped practices going back to last Friday, and if he maintains such activity or even gets back to full this week, he's a good bet to return Sunday night against the Chiefs.

Sep 28, 2022 2:47 PM EST


Expected back in Week 4

Coach Todd Bowles is optimistic that Jones (knee) will return in Week 4 against the Chiefs, as Jones was healthy enough to play in Sunday's 14-12 loss to the Packers but was held out for precautionary reasons, Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: The Buccaneers took the long-term view with Jones in Week 3, but the 33-year-old wide receiver is expected to make his return for Tampa Bay's high-profile Week 4 game. Tom Brady struggled to move the ball against Green Bay while working with a depleted receiving corps, but he'll be getting some major reinforcements in Week 4 with Mike Evans returning from his one-game suspension alongside Jones.

Sep 25, 2022 6:20 PM EST


Inactive, has partly torn ligament

Jones (knee) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 clash against the Packers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. The veteran wideout is dealing with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament and did not work out pregame, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Analysis: As has often been the case over the last year-plus, the injury outlook is grim for the veteran wideout both Sunday and for the foreseeable future. The news of the severity of Jones' injury implies he could be headed to a long-term sabbatical, with a trip of some duration to injured reserve certainly not out of the question. Jones' absence Sunday, coupled with those of Mike Evans (suspension) and Chris Godwin (hamstring), leaves Tom Brady extremely short-handed in the pass-catching corps against a tough Packers defense.

Sep 25, 2022 12:07 PM EST


Listed as questionable, GTD

Jones (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Green Bay, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: As expected, after coach Todd Bowles referred to Jones as a game-time decision earlier Friday. A 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff isn't ideal for fantasy managers, nor is the matchup with Green Bay's secondary, but Jones could see a bunch of passes from Tom Brady if he's able to suit up. Mike Evans (suspension) and Chris Godwin (hamstring) are out this week, while Jones' return to a limited practice Friday suggests he has a real chance to return after missing Week 2.

Sep 23, 2022 1:12 PM EST


Likely game-time decision

Coach Todd Bowles expects Jones (knee) to be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with Green Bay, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jones presumably will be listed as questionable on the final injury report and likely won't be the only Tampa Bay wideout with that designation. He returned to practice Friday after missing the previous two days, giving him a real shot to suit up ahead of the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff this Sunday.

Sep 23, 2022 9:42 AM EST


Remains sidelined Thursday

Jones (knee) wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With Jones and Chris Godwin (hamstring) in line to log back-to-back absences to start the practice week, what the duo is able to do Friday will be telling with regard to either player's chances of suiting up Sunday against the Packers. The Buccaneers will be without Mike Evans (one-game suspension) this weekend, while Russell Gage (hamstring), Breshad Perriman (knee) and Scotty Miller (calf) were all limited at practice Wednesday.

Sep 22, 2022 9:28 AM EST


Misses practice again

Jones (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Neither did Chris Godwin (hamstring), who also missed the Week 2 win over New Orleans. On top of that, Mike Evans is suspended this week and backups Russell Gage (hamstring), Scotty Miller (calf) and Breshad Perriman (knee) all were limited practice participants Wednesday. The last three at least seem likely to play Sunday against the Packers, while Jones and Godwin are up in the air.

Sep 21, 2022 2:25 PM EST


Sitting out Week 2

Jones (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game in New Orleans.

Analysis: Jones was viewed as a game-time decision heading into the day after managing only one limited practice this week on account of the knee issue, but he ultimately didn't demonstrate enough progress in pregame warmups for the Buccaneers to sign off on him playing. With both Jones and Chris Godwin (hamstring) sidelined for the Buccaneers, Russell Gage (hamstring), Breshad Perriman (knee) and Jaelon Darden should be in store for added reps on offense alongside No. 1 wideout Mike Evans (calf).

Sep 18, 2022 8:35 AM EST


Likely game-time decision

Jones (knee) is listed as questionable, and his availability will likely come down to a game-time decision ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Saints, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Jones returned to practice Friday as a limited participant after not practicing Wednesday or Thursday. The Buccaneers will test the wideout's knee during pre-game warmups before making a decision on his availability. Tampa Bay has already ruled out Chris Godwin (knee), but they are expected to have Mike Evans (calf) available.

Sep 17, 2022 9:59 PM EST


Questionable after practice return

Jones (knee) returned to practice Friday as a limited participant and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Given his history of missing practice, it's hard to know if the knee injury represents a real threat to Jones' availability. Whatever the case, he returned to practice Friday after back-to-back absences, and he's now listed as questionable along with fellow wideouts Mike Evans (calf) and Russell Gage (hamstring). Chris Godwin (hamstring), meanwhile, has been ruled out, leaving more snaps up for grabs for whoever is healthy enough to play.

Sep 16, 2022 1:04 PM EST


Participating in Friday's practice

Jones (knee) is taking part in practice Friday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: The extent of Jones' participation Friday remains to be seen, but it's encouraging to see the oft-injured veteran back on the field. Mike Evans (calf) also resumed practicing Friday while Chris Godwin (hamstring) is not on the field for the start of the session. Jones logged an impressive Tampa Bay debut Week 1, and if Godwin is ruled out for Sunday's game in New Orleans, the 33-year-old could face expanded opportunities.

Sep 16, 2022 8:26 AM EST


No activity Thursday

Jones (knee) didn't take part in practice Thursday.

Analysis: Jones joined Mike Evans (calf) and Chris Godwin (hamstring) as non-participants, marking his second day in a row with such a listing. The Buccaneers may be taking a cautious approach with Jones considering Godwin was coming off last season's torn ACL before he was forced out of Week 1 action. Behind the aforementioned trio, Russell Gage (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (knee) were limited for a second straight session Thursday, so the entire state of Tampa Bay's receiving corps should be monitored to get a sense of who may or may not be able to play Sunday in New Orleans.

Sep 15, 2022 1:32 PM EST


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