Posted October 09, 2013

Falcons’ Julio Jones out for season (foot)

Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets
The Falcons could be without their most dynamic weapon for the rest of the 2013 season.

The Falcons will be without their most dynamic weapon for the rest of the 2013 season. (John Bazemore/AP)

UPDATE (Wednesday, 9:00 p.m. ET):  The Falcons announced that Julio Jones will have season-ending surgery on his foot Monday after doctors confirmed that he suffered a fracture.


It was bad enough for the Atlanta Falcons when they dropped to 1-4 on the season after losing 30-28 to the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, but the news just went from bad to worse. According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Falcons fear that Jones, who suffered a foot injury in the game and was seen limping out of the X-ray room in the Georgia Dome (per NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington), may be out for the rest of the 2013 season with a foot injury.  Darlington’s intel indicated that the problem was with Jones’ right leg or foot. Glazer reports that Jones will seek a second opinion on Wednesday from Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. to confirm, but the team is not optimistic that the initial diagnosis will be overruled.

If it’s true, it’s a major blow to an offense that’s already been out of sync all season. Even in the loss to the Jets, Jones made the kinds of circus catches that have often been the only respite from Atlanta’s pass-heavy, predictable offense. He’s the team’s leading receiver, with 41 catches on 60 targets for 580 yards and two touchdowns. His nine plays of 20 yards or more is five more than any other Falcons player.

Jones’ bookend, Roddy White, has been dealing with ankle and hamstring issues this season and has just 14 catches for 129 yards and no touchdowns. Meanwhile, opposing defenses are making tight end Tony Gonzalez less of a threat by throwing as many as three defenders per play at him, and mugging him at the line of scrimmage, “Hack-a-Shaq” style. Without Jones as a deep threat, Gonzalez could find it even more difficult to get open.

“We just haven’t scored as much as we’ve needed to,” quarterback Matt Ryan said after the loss to the Jets. “We moved the ball pretty effectively tonight. We were a little bit better in the red zone, but we haven’t taken advantage of the situations when they present themselves the way that we need to. In order to win games in this league, when you have those opportunities to make big plays and to make those plays that change the course of the outcome, you have to make them. We didn’t do a good enough job of that.”

If Jones is out for any length of time — much less for the rest of the season — that job will be far tougher. After their bye week, the Falcons have a six-week stretch coming up in which they face the defenses of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay again and the New Orleans Saints. Only the Cardinals rank outside the top 10 in Football Outsiders’ opponent-adjusted defensive metrics.

31 comments
EdStephens
EdStephens

Looks like a rebuilding year for the Falcons. They may have a good shot for a top five pick next year.

6marK6
6marK6

The Falcon defense could not slow down a Junior High school offense. Seriously, with or without Jones, you can't run the football and your defense is just awful. You are going nowhere.

PaulSharpe
PaulSharpe

No one cares...   Atlanta is a total joke...  Roddy White doesn't deserve to start, Atl gave up WAY too much for Julio 'The Joke'...  Matt Ryan is a fraud...   Go away Falcons & come back when you're not a giant POS...

EdStephens
EdStephens

I fell asleep before the game ended. I did see the Falcons give the game away at the end of the first half, figuring the scoring stays the same.

RS1022
RS1022

Every season, there is at least one team that comes out of no where to be really good, KC this year and Indy in 2012, and at least one that falls well short of expectations, ATL this year and Pit in 2012.

It's part of the NFL Parity Circle of Life, and yes it sucks when your team is one of those that disappoints.

x72
x72

Dang, finally a good hispanic WR and now he gets injured.

JeffClark
JeffClark

No Jones = <.300 winning percentage the rest of the way.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Why are so many 'good' teams so bad this year?  Atlanta, Giants, Steelers, the Texans? I expected all of these guys to be way more competitive than they are.

RayHuggyBearYoung
RayHuggyBearYoung

Why is there comments all about ESPN when ESPN is not mentioned in this article?  I am not a Falcons fan per say but he is one of the most exciting players to watch play.  This will hurt.

Richard40
Richard40

ESPN is to sports journalism what Wal Mart is to retailers...a bully that does what it wants, whether it's right or wrong.

RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

Glazer is obviously out in front of all this and all ESPN says according to a league source. Its pathetic how much information ESPN steals without giving the proper credit to the real sources. I'm not sure why the rest of the media allows them to get away with this but its unprofessional to say the least.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@6marK6 I will take the Falcons against any junior high team that you name.

westprice
westprice

Go watch some porn with your mother and sisters playing with sybians.

westprice
westprice

Paul Sharpe likes to lick the horse dung of his daddy's shoes.

donald5
donald5

@Rickapolis Atlanta had a lot of coin flip games last year as well.  Just coming up tails instead of heads this year.  They won 7 one score games last year that they could have lost were it not for one play here or there.  Same with all their games this year.  I'm not sure I would put Atlanta in the same boat as the Giants or Steelers.  Most of their losses, they were never in the game.

JeffClark
JeffClark

@Rickapolis I am convinced that the best probability indicator of a team's likely success (or not) is the quality of the offensive line.  Each team you listed there have O-line issues.  Bottom line is that those five guys have more to do with wins than anything else.  There are lots of good running backs in the NFL, but the ones that put up great numbers are the ones with great o-lines.  The only exceptions to that are the elite guys, Barry Sanders and Adrian Peterson for example, who can be great behind mediocre lines.   

RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

@Rickapolis It just shows how close the NFL really is. The top teams aren't that much better than a middle of the pack team. One injury can be the difference between the playoffs or a top 10 pick in the draft. 

RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

@RayHuggyBearYoung The reason i mentioned it was because I knew Glazer broke the story and I see SI.com giving him the credit while I went on ESPN.com and they only claimed league sources. It was a bit off topic but I wanted to vent a bit how pathetic the mothership is for refusing to give proper credit when it is deserved.

RayHuggyBearYoung
RayHuggyBearYoung

@Richard--Ramirez and your comment has anything to do with this?  well I will help you there.   Ahhhhhhhhhh,  Jones is the best player on that team and it will hurt.   There you go big guy.

donald5
donald5

@Richard--Ramirez Thank you for your topically relevant comment.  Care to share your thoughts on the Kardashians?

AnthonyPatterrson
AnthonyPatterrson

@JeffClark @Rickapolis McCoy possibly? I've seen more make something out of nothing by him behind that Eagles line the last three years. Check out how many tackles for loss he eludes consistently, and puts up huge numbers.

JamesMartens
JamesMartens

@JeffClark @Rickapolis Do not put the Vikings on the list with bad or mediocre O lines.  That is a very good line....the Vikings problem is the QB.  And they did not find the answer with Freeman.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Good responses all. Thanks gents.