Posted: 9:27 am Friday, August 15th, 2014

Report: Julio Jones expects to return against Texans 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

HOUSTON — Falcons coach Mike Smith gave his stock “we have a plan” answer when asked if wide receiver Julio Jones was set to make his return against the Houston Texans at 8 p.m. Saturday at NRG Stadium.

“We have a plan and we all know what it is and that’s to make sure that we have our players healthy and ready to go,” Smith said after practice on Thursday. “We’re not going to deviate from that. And I don’t want to give anybody any information that’s going to help them get prepared.”

The Falcons have a pre-game walk-through today at Rice University.

However, Jones, told a medical reporter, that he plans to play against the Texans.

Julio Jones told a reporter that he plans to play against the Texans on Saturday. (BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM)

Julio Jones told a reporter that he plans to play against the Texans on Saturday. (BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM)

Jones, the Falcons’ dynamic young wide receiver, who’s recovering from foot surgery, has been practicing one day and taking the next day off. He practiced on Wednesday against the Texans and had Thursday off.

Jones is returning from a broken fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot that he suffered in the fifth game of last season against the New York Jets in Oct.

Jones’ problem was first noticed at the scouting combine in 2011. Jones had the original surgery and Dr. Robertson Anderson predicted a full recovery.

Jones was solid as a rookie in 2011 and went to the Pro Bowl after his second season in 2012. Last season, Jones caught 41 passes and was on a record-setting pace for a monster campaign before he suffered the broken foot.

While his training-camp practice schedule will be limited, Jones said he planned to be in the starting lineup when the Falcons open the regular season against the New Orleans Saints at 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Georgia Dome.

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Date                               Practice Times (public availability)

Friday, August 15                     Pregame walk-through (No Media Availability)Saturday, August 16                  Falcons at Houston Texans, NRG Stadium,  8 p.m. ET – CW69

Sunday, August 17                    Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Monday, August 18                    Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)

17 comments
midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

Jones looked bad.  Not cutting, dropped a wipe open easy catch to set the tone for the night.


HORRIBLE offensive effort.

HORRIBLE defensive effort.


Smith and Dim will be gone after this season.

GetBackJojo
GetBackJojo

D:......Are you sleepin? How come there's no "Game zone" for the game tonight?

gfw
gfw

I doubt practices and pre-season games will fully test the foot.  When the games count, and everyone is juiced to the max, and Julio is putting big stress on that foot with his running, his cuts, and his blocking, then we'll know if the foot is going to hold up.  I'll bet if you asked 100 Falcon fans what they most want to see in this year's team, 100 would say a healthy foot on Julio.

DanJohn
DanJohn

There's no doubt with a healthy Roddy and Julio along with Douglas, Hester and possibly Reedy the Falcons have some serious outside weapons, probably the best in the league. I also think the running game will be much better with or without Jackson. The Falcons season will depend if they can stop anyone on defense. I suspect the defense will and the Falcons will bounce back and win the South. The first game against New Orleans will be the key to their season IMO.

doggoneit
doggoneit

If the Falcons can stay healthy, I predict a 10 win season. If you think Julio is a bust, then who who you put in his stead.  If you don't like the Falcons please follow the Saints, they need all the help they can get!!!!

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

Julio equals foot pounds generated  per square inch. GO FALCONS !!

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

Yup! Anoter injruy prone fist round bust form Tommy Dummytroff

slydawg
slydawg

That would be Baker... You need glasses and the Falcons need common sense. Move Matthews to LT already.

Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

@gfw Agree 100%. He's so physical and athletic that its almost sad to know that his foot is still an issue. Hopefully this is only short term. 

miked706
miked706

Your the biggest clown blogging how is he a bust. He is one of the best receivers in the game clown.

DedicationTo98Falcons
DedicationTo98Falcons

Don't poke fun of a sleeping giant if the season hasn't started yet ,make sure your team is together before you start throwing stones ,keep your QB upright and play hard sept .7

Doubt a team in the NFL all you want cause last time I checked Bree's was on the sideline for practice be prepared for a good game

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

@miked706 He a bust cuz he is INJRUED U dummy. Not only that Dummytroff gave up 2 many daft pix 4 him. 


Try 2 paid atention here.