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Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Wide Receiver #11
ADP:Round: 3, Pick: 3
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 220 lb.
College:Alabama
Age:32
Born:February 3, 1989
Drafted:2011 / Rd. 1 (6)
Draft Team:ATL

Julio Jones: To miss fourth straight game

Jones (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Buccaneers, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: The Falcons never submitted to officially shutting down the seven-time Pro Bowler, keeping the possibility of a game appearance feasible throughout the final quarter of the regular season by never placing Jones on IR. Atlanta has long been eliminated from the postseason discussion, but Jones was adamant about returning to play at some point down the stretch, if possible. Having twice re-aggravated his hamstring injury this season upon returning to game action, Jones closed out the 2020 campaign with four straight inactive designations. He produced like an elite receiver when on the field, collecting 51 receptions, 771 receiving yards and three touchdowns over nine appearances. Injuries kept Jones from extending a streak of six consecutive Pro Bowl appearances, while he was also held under 1,390 receiving yards for the first time since 2013.

January 1, 2021 11:44 AM EST

Julio Jones: Withheld from practice Thursday

Atlanta listed Jones (hamstring) as a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: The Falcons' second injury report of Week 17 was no different from the first, as Jones was also withheld from Wednesday's practice session. Atlanta hasn't formally ruled Jones out for Sunday's season finale against the Buccaneers, but he'll almost certainly need to practice in some capacity Friday to have a shot at playing.

December 31, 2020 12:29 PM EST

Julio Jones: Misses Wednesday's practice

Jones (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Interim coach Raheem Morris said earlier this week that Jones has a chance to play Week 17, but it would seem that the star wideout is trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's road game against the Buccaneers. There's little incentive to rush Jones back into action unless he's fully healthy, as the Falcons are already eliminated from playoff contention.

December 30, 2020 12:38 PM EST

Julio Jones: Chance to return Week 17

Interim coach Raheem Morris said Monday that Jones (hamstring) could suit up against the Buccaneers on Sunday, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official sitereports.

Analysis: Morris said "if he's able to play, he'll play" with regards to Jones, who hasn't played since Week 13 due to a lingering hamstring injury. The veteran wideout has made his desire to play again this season clear, and he received a platelet-rich plasma injection last week. Of course, with the Falcons already eliminated from playoff contention, it's always possible that the team takes a cautious approach to Jones' health if there's any chance of exacerbating his injury.

December 28, 2020 12:25 PM EST

Julio Jones: Out another week

Jones (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Kansas City, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Unable to practice throughout the week, Jones will miss a third straight game, leaving Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage as the primary weapons for Matt Ryan. The 31-year-old wideout could still try to make it back for Week 17 against Tampa Bay, as he received a platelet-rich plasma injection last week with the hope of returning before the end of the season. The Falcons are eliminated from playoff contention, but they'll presumably allow Jones to play if he's healthy enough and wants to do so. It just won't happen this weekend in Kansas City.

December 25, 2020 9:16 AM EST

Julio Jones: Another missed practice

Jones (hamstring) was held out of practice Thursday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Interim coach Raheem Morris stated Wednesday that Jones was "a bit closer" to being available on game day, but the wide receiver has yet to make notable progress on the practice field. Jones has one more shot to do so before week's end, at which point the Falcons may make a ruling on his availability for Sunday's contest at Kansas City.

December 24, 2020 12:22 PM EST

Julio Jones: No practice Wednesday

Jones (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Instead, Jones worked out with Atlanta's training staff, per Kelsey Conway of the team's official site. Interim coach Raheem Morris noted earlier Wednesday that Jones is "a bit closer" to being able to suit up for game days, but he'll continue to be evaluated until the team deems him OK to play on his balky hamstring. Jones has two more opportunities to prove himself on the practice field this week.

December 23, 2020 12:56 PM EST

Julio Jones: Set to work with trainers

Jones (hamstring) is slated to work with the Falcons trainers Wednesday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports,

Analysis: Per the report, interim head coach Raheem Morris indicated that Jones is a bit closer to a return to action at this stage, but the team plans to evaluate the wideout throughout the week before making any decisions regarding his status for Sunday's game against Kansas City.

December 23, 2020 8:15 AM EST

Julio Jones: Intends to play before season's end

Jones (hamstring), who has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, recently received a platelet-rich plasma injection, which he hopes will accelerate his recovery and allowing him to play again in the final two weeks of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Though the 4-9 Falcons have already been eliminated from postseason contention, Jones apparently isn't keen on being shut down, despite the fact that his nagging hamstring injury will cause him to sit out a second consecutive game Sunday and his fifth overall of the season. Jones reportedly had the PRP injection shortly after the Week 14 loss to the Saints, resulting in him being sidelined in practices throughout this week while he waited for the shot to take its desired effect. Assuming Jones' hamstring is feeling better next week, he should return to practice in some capacity and attempt to get the green light from the coaching and medical staffs for the Falcons' Dec. 27 game in Kansas City. Until Jones rejoins the lineup, Calvin Ridley will operate as the team's clear top target in the passing game.

December 20, 2020 5:28 AM EST

Julio Jones: Out again Week 15

Jones (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Tori McElhaney of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 31-year-old will be sidelined for the third time in the past four games as he continues to battle the hamstring injury. Coach Raheem Morris still hopes Jones will be able to return to the field for the final two weeks of the season, but it could be an uphill battle since he hasn't seen practice or game action in nearly two weeks. Calvin Ridley (foot) is poised to operate as Atlanta's No. 1 wide receiver again this weekend.

December 18, 2020 7:20 AM EST

Julio Jones: Another missed practice

Jones (hamstring) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Interim head coach Raheem Morris has yet to rule Jones out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, but the wideout's absence in both of the Falcons' first two Week 15 practices doesn't bode well for his chances of suiting up this weekend. While Jones was sidelined with the hamstring injury in the Falcons' Week 14 loss to the Chargers, Calvin Ridley operated as Atlanta's clear No. 1 wideout, finishing with eight receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets.

December 17, 2020 9:47 AM EST

Julio Jones: Still not practicing

Jones (hamstring) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: This marks the second week in a row with no practice reps for Jones, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury for most of the campaign. He's one of the rare players who doesn't require on-field work to be ready for game day, but his lack of activity Wednesday isn't a great sign as the Falcons prepare for Sunday's contest versus the Buccaneers. Friday's injury report will be telling for Jones' ability to suit up this weekend.

December 16, 2020 12:37 PM EST

Julio Jones: Out Week 14

Jones (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: The 31-year-old sat out the first two practices of the week, and coach Raheem Morris ended up ruling out the wide receiver before Friday's session. According to Tori McElhaney of The Athletic, the team hasn't made any sort of decision regarding shutting down Jones for the final few weeks of the season, but given the ongoing injury issues and Atlanta's 4-8 record, it's something that could be considered. Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage will lead the receiving corps this weekend, and tight end Hayden Hurst (ankle) could also be more involved in the passing game.

December 11, 2020 7:14 AM EST

Julio Jones: Another DNP on Thursday

Jones (hamstring) was held out of practice Thursday, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: This marks Jones' second DNP in a row, one week removed from sandwiching two limited sessions around a Thursday absence. The Falcons may merely be keeping the veteran wide receiver off his feet until absolutely necessary, but now his listing on Friday's injury report will be telling for his potential to play Sunday against the Chargers in L.A. Jones already has missed three of Atlanta's 12 games this season, so there is clear precedent for the team holding him out if he isn't quite right, health-wise.

December 10, 2020 11:16 AM EST

Julio Jones: Held out of practice Wednesday

Jones (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: In his return from one game on the sideline, Jones accounted for six catches (on 10 targets) for 94 yards this past Sunday against the Saints. Considering he's been battling injuries for most of the season, his lack of activity to begin Week 14 prep is no surprise. Still, Jones' status will be one to monitor as the weekend draws closer to get a sense of his ability to suit up Sunday against the Chargers in L.A.

December 9, 2020 1:31 PM EST

Julio Jones: Strong outing in return from injury

Jones reeled in six of 10 targets for 94 yards during Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Jones was unavailable for last Sunday's win over the Raiders, after toughing his way through a hamstring injury during the fourth quarter of a Week 11 loss to the Saints. He returned to face his divisional rivals once again Sunday, faring much more favorably compared to his two-catch, 39-yard Nov. 22 showing. Jones had no reported setbacks during the Week 13 showdown, though it wouldn't be surprising to see his practice workload curtailed heading into a Week 14 matchup against the Chargers. The team will want to do everything possible to keep the seven-time Pro Bowler healthy, with the Falcons' playoff hopes all but evaporated with an eighth loss coming Sunday.

December 6, 2020 2:42 PM EST

Julio Jones: Returning to action Week 13

Jones (hamstring) is listed as active Sunday against the Saints, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones has gutted through a hamstring injury for a good portion of the season, sitting out Weeks 3 and 5 and most recently last Sunday against the Raiders. After taking the practice field and testing out his hamstring Friday, he told McFadden that he "didn't feel anything," but he still was given a limited listing and questionable designation for Sunday. Now officially back in action, Jones will face a New Orleans defense that has allowed 13 touchdowns (ninth most in the NFL) and 8.5 yards per target (ninth worst) to wide receivers this season.

December 6, 2020 8:32 AM EST

Julio Jones: Set to return Sunday

Jones (hamstring), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday versus the Saints, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Jones missed last week's win over the Raiders after sustaining the hamstring injury Week 11 against the Saints, but he's on track to play in Sunday's divisional rematch. Running back Toddy Gurley (knee) is also likely to play, so quarterback Matt Ryan should enter the contest with the offense's top weapons available.

December 5, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Julio Jones: Draws questionable tag

The Falcons list Jones (hamstring) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Tori McElhaney of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Though Jones is taking an injury designation into the weekend, the wideout was optimistic that earlier Friday that the hamstring issue wouldn't sideline him beyond the Week 12 win over the Raiders. According to William McFadden of the Falcons' official site, Jones said he "didn't feel anything" while running around in practice Friday, an encouraging sign after he was withheld from Thursday's session entirely. The Falcons and Saints kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, so fantasy managers should at least have the ability to pivot to other options in the event the narrative surrounding Jones' health suddenly takes a more negative spin.

December 4, 2020 12:24 PM EST

Julio Jones: Could practice Friday

Jones (hamstring) is expected to practice "a little bit" Friday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 31-year-old began the week with a limited practice Wednesday but was unable to take part in Thursday's session, so a return to the field in any capacity would be an improvement. Jones sat out last week's win over the Raiders due to the hamstring strain, and he seems likely to at best be considered questionable for this weekend's matchup with the Saints.

December 4, 2020 7:46 AM EST

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