Posted: 8:13 am Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Julio Jones is running, ahead of schedule 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons, Julio Jones, injuries

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones injured his foot in Oct. 7, 2013, loss to the New York Jets at the Georgia Dome. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Falcons coach Mike Smith said wide receiver Julio Jones is running and is ahead of schedule at the owner’s meeting in Orlando today, the team said.

“He’s doing a great job with (trainers) Marty (Lauzon) and AJ (Neibel),” Falcons coach Mike Smith told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by phone on Wednesday. “He’s continuing to progress.”

What’s his timetable for a full return?

“That’s a decision that’s going to be made by the doctors who did the procedure on his return to play,” Smith said. “I know that he’ll get out there as soon as the doctors give him the OK. But he’s progressing very well through his rehab. The return to play is strictly going to be a decision that’s going to be made by the medical staff. I fully anticipate that long-term he’s going to be ready to go.”

Jones, who had foot surgery in October, has been off crutches since December.

Also, defensive end/linebacker Kroy Biermann, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon, is also ahead of schedule.

“Kroy has started his on the field work,” Smith said. “We’re excited about his progress to this point. I don’t know if there’s anybody that’s worked harder than both of those guys. Mid-season and this offseason. Kroy and Julio have an opportunity to work during the season. They’ve been doing well. Kroy has been running on the field. When I say running, I mean he’s working on the field. So that’s a positive.”

(We’ll have a full medical update from Coach Smith up later on MyAJC.com.)

Here ‘s some of the story from Tuesday Oct. 8 after Jones suffered the original injury:

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons’ Julio Jones, the team’s most consistent deep threat who has been developing into one of the best receivers in the NFL, has a right foot injury that may end his season, team officials have told AJC Falcons writer D. Orlando Ledbetter.

Jones will be evaluated Wednesday with the hope that the diagnosis will be more optimistic.

“Julio injured his foot last night,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Monday. “He saw our doctors this morning. He is going to have a second opinion over in Charlotte tomorrow. The first reports were not encouraging. But we will wait to see what the second opinion comes back as.”

Although the original diagnosis was bleak, Smith was not ready to rule Jones out for the season.
“It would be premature at this point in time, yes it would,” Smith said. “Again, he’s going over to Charlotte for a second opinion tomorrow and when we have something more definitive, you guys will be the first to know.”

The injury is on the same foot that Jones injured at the NFL combine and had surgery on by Dr. Robert Anderson.

“Again, he injured his foot in the ball game last night and was able to complete the game,” Smith said.

“He had a test this morning and is going for a second opinion. But the first diagnosis was not very encouraging.”

 FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

48 comments
Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

Dont no if N E of U saw R not but Johnny Fottball had a grate showin at his pro day


Flacons beter B perpared 2 move up 2 get him. 

ryesouvie
ryesouvie

@STBF... I've missed less than ten home games since 1995, so your guess is wrong again. If I thought that the falcons were going to lose to the Saints or any other team, I wouldn't  have had season tickets for nineteen plus years, plus watch every falcons game. The Saints game is her favorite game to attend, so that's why I sell her the tickets. It has nothing to do with me being not being #fan enough#.....lol. Good guess, but wrong again. The Falcons have a QB to get him the ball. Matt Ryan is not as good as Drew Brees, not many QB are, but he is a very good player, just check his career stats.... The problem is his offensive line.....Go Falcons!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Julio Superstar on offense


Clowny Superstar on defense


GO GET CLOWNY


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ryesouvie
ryesouvie

@Esquire... We owe the Saints a lot of retribution. Vaccaro fits in with the Bounty Bowl winners and the rest of the Saints cest pool fans. The Saints game is the only season ticket that I sell to my sister/brother in law due to me not wanting to be around their obnoxious fans. The Saints will be where they belong, which will be near the bottom of the division. Graham is going to want to get paid and I'm not sure how their defense will field a unit with all of the people they let go of. Is it football season yet? Go Falcons!

ryesouvie
ryesouvie

@STBF... You only wish that Julio was a Saint. One of the best receivers in the league at age 25. I'm waiting for the morons to say that we gave up too many picks . He will help us retake the division and be a nightmare for the Saints defensive backs and the rest of the league for years to come. Go Falcons!

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

If Julio Jones is running, then it must be that he's running scared.  Scared that he's stuck with the loser falcan'ts for the rest of his career.  

zuzu331
zuzu331

Ignore the trolls and keyboard bullies,Kroy and Julio healthy again is good news!

BAMABABE
BAMABABE

i have my #11 jersey ready to rock in the DOME...lets put last season behind us and show why ATL fans KNOW were better than that!! cant wait to see u on the field JULIO!! ROLL TIDE & RISE UP!!!!

JSSN
JSSN

Lawdy, give 'em some more of that "Ol' Time Religion" Ledbetter! I thought it was the web version of  'Inherit The Wind' up in here!

Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

All Juliet need is 4 the Flacons 2 repalce Rayan with Johnny Fottball. I bet U ask him and he wil agrre

1337S0lja
1337S0lja

Julio got hurt during that Jets game. Remember atl fans...?? Our defense made Geno Smith look like an All Pro QB.  Yet again, no pass rusher. When will Atlanta sports teams start to make the right decisions?

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

This man here will be the best receiver in the league before it's all said and done. If he can stay healthy, he can be a Hall of Famer and that is not a stretch. He had 41 catches for 580 yards last season BEFORE he went down in like the 5th game. He was on pace for 130 catches and 1,800 yards. That's All-Pro numbers. Just stay healthy Julio and you'll be one of the greats. Praying for you man. 

Esquire
Esquire

.......................and this year if somebody gives Ryan a cheap shot there will be retribution.


WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!

Esquire
Esquire

Nobody has enlightened us as to what Julio's injury was........my concern is what are the chances of a re-occurrence?  Will the Saints defenders be trying to step on his toes? ........for pay?   

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Also, let's not forget the Dirty Birds owe a big malicious hit on Vacarro.............maybe they could aim for that fractured ankle.  I have no doubt Matt Ryan was injured on Vacarro's late shot to the ribs.  Never made public information but he played hurt the rest of the season.  We owe that Lily licker some pain.

Dman
Dman

JUUUUUUUUUUUlLLLLIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.... Get well soon...

GreggTonkin
GreggTonkin

Certainly better news than hearing that TD is looking to trade up this year, surely Arthur Blank has some brains and will stop this nonsense with so many open holes we have. This is partly because of the "other trade up" we did losing so many draft choices. If anything, we should be looking to trade down!

dofarm
dofarm

We sure did miss him last year, I hope it heals well and all of the way. This is going to be a good year. RISE UP FALCONS

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

Just Get Healthy. If it means delaying his return, so be it. 

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Julio running and early all in the same sentence is better than hearing what free agents we picked up! Beautiful thing to hear!

BigAlHeBDMan
BigAlHeBDMan

@devounknown1000 Clowney would be a great addition. I wonder what needs to be given to move up to 2nd to those rams. Also, we better hope Houston don't realize that they want him.

BigAlHeBDMan
BigAlHeBDMan

@ryesouvie We need to be careful what we say about their defense. They got rid of Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper and signed Jairus Byrd and a few others. Last year their defense went from worst to 4th. That's a pretty good jump, but I'm sure we'll settle it on the turf this year. 

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

@ryesouvie

I think you sell your season ticket to the Saints game to your sister, cause you know your team is gonna lose.   Just a guess there, but if you're "fan enough" to buy season tickets, then why would you sell them to your sister for only the Saints game?

GEAUX SAINTS!!!

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

@ryesouvie

I didn't say Julio wasn't one of the best, cause I know he is......his problem is that he cant throw the ball to himself.    LOL!

GEAUX SAINTS!!!

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331  

Wow, he's not reading his own comments! "Hip, hip hoo-ray" as my little nephew says!

BAMABABE
BAMABABE

@Tea-Party-Meber i don't know whats more offensive, your spelling and grammar skills or how little you seem to know about football, NO TEAM is going to get rid of the guy they just paid over 100 mill to for a kid that half the people in the business don't think is going to amount to anything...thanks for trying though!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Tea-Party-Meber  Ugh. Give it up man. Atlanta does not need a QB no matter how much you think they do. What they need is some protection for him and a defense that cares about tackling!

Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

@1337S0lja  I remeber that game and how pour the defence palyed. So what do the Falcons do? Resigh that sory Perrier Jerry. He prat of the problem!

JChikara
JChikara

@Esquire  The stiches that were in his foot from his first surgery during his rookie year had come loose on that catch against the Jets, and that is what reopened the wound. 

zuzu331
zuzu331

@BAMABABE @Tea-Party-Meber Dont take Tea Party and JSSN's bait,annoying people on here seems to be the only pleasure they get in life.Both of them put together have about as much importance as a fart in a hurricane.

JSSN
JSSN

@BAMABABE

"NO TEAM is going to get rid of the guy they just paid over 100 mill to for a kid that half the people in the business don't think is going to amount to anything."

How much was Peyton Manning making when Indianapolis voided his contract and parted ways with him and selected Andrew Luck? You people slay me with the stuff

BAMABABE
BAMABABE

@JChikara @Esquireit wasnt his stitches, his foot surgery was right after the combine in 2011, it was reported that this injury was a fracture to the same injured foot

Twisterfire
Twisterfire

@JSSN LOL old pathetic man. See thats the difference between you and me. You are desperate for attention on this blog because you lost touch with your reality. Spend some time outside instead of relying on your blog friends for approvals. 

JSSN
JSSN

@JamesCammer

That's one hell of an endorsement! Call us when your rhetoric can answer a comment on who is going to play free safety for the 2014 Falcons and does not resemble poor sartorial clothing.

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

SUch a way with language, a "fart in a hurricane!" And you wonder why your comments continue to go over like a Lead Zeppelin! 

"Bait?" You have such an abundance of ignorance, kinda like anyone who posts something as silly as you have over the last week. Such a "precious one," here's to a penny in a hurricane, may it hit you square between the eyes (F5 force)!

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@JSSN @BAMABABE

I agree I have seen it happend..in the form of Andrew Luck! But I am pretty sure it wont happen with the Falcons.......heck they dont even want a back up to push him; or should I say they wont even give the back up an opportunity to push him to get better! And just for giggles.........Manziel is ummmmmmmmm something, I just cant say if his game will translate to the pros...........and one more thing; with all those holes on this team, rest assured it is not happening in Atlanta.

Twisterfire
Twisterfire

@Tea-Party-Meber You do realize that Bama won 2 of the last 3 BCS titles right? You seem like you know a great deal about Johnny football but have you heard of BCS national title?

JSSN
JSSN

@Esquire @JChikara  

The screw inserted to repair Jones's initial fracture (his fifth metatarsal) along with the bone graft used broke.  It will happen again in all eventuality due to the amount of force and stress that is involved in running. It just shouldn't have happened this fast.

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