Julio Jones Injury: Updates on Falcons WR's Hand Injury

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 16:  Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons against the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on August 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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While there is no question that the Atlanta Falcons paid a big price for wide receiver Julio Jones in the 2011 NFL draft, the star has lived up to the hype when he has been on the field.

The biggest problem for the elite receiver has been his inability to stay healthy, though.

The Associated Press (via NFL.com) is reporting about the injury to Jones’ hand and how it opened the door for Roddy White to have a monster day:

With Julio Jones hindered by an injured right hand, [Roddy] White came up with a huge game for the Falcons. He had eight catches for 169 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.


UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 7 at 12:30 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

Julio Jones is active, according to NFL.com's official injury report.

The superstar wide receiver has been plagued by a hand injury and was limited to one catch for 30 yards in his last contest, but is a must-start in fantasy for Week 5 against the Washington Redskins.

It's worth monitoring how he does in this contest to determine if you start considering trading him while he still has high value, but it's likely that Jones is going to produce more than he did in Week 4 and rebound nicely. 

Keep it tuned here for the latest news, updates, opinions and analysis on the Atlanta Falcons WR and his fantasy impact.


UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 1:09 p.m. ET by Jessica Isner

According to Julio Jones himself, there's no reason to worry that his production last week was limited due to the lingering effects of a hand injury suffered in Week 3.  

The Atlanta Falcons blog reported on Thursday that Jones is feeling good and is prepared to make more of an impact in the box score this weekend. Jones told AtlantaFalcons.com's Jay Adams that he is "fine" and "ready to go," and he also provided this insight into why he was so limited last week:

The Carolina game, they tried to double me and Tony (Gonzalez) throughout the whole game. Roddy (White) and Harry (Douglas) had the one-on-one matchups and you saw Roddy made numerous big plays, basically winning us the game. Matt (Ryan) was finding those one-on-one matchups.


Fantasy owners and Atlanta fans alike are trying to keep their cool, but when the team’s biggest offensive weapon was held to just one catch for 30 yards in the Falcons' 30-28 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday, there is legitimate reason for concern.


What It Means

With hamstring issues ailing the former Alabama Crimson Tide standout earlier in the 2012 season and other injuries culminating in three games missed last year, it is getting close to the point where Jones may become classified as “injury prone.”

In 2011, Jones was suffering from an injury to his hamstring that cost him playing time, but it was a trio of injuries at the close of the season (back, ankle and thumb) that saw Jones reach his team’s injury report 11 different weeks last year.

 It is clear that he is a superior talent, but staying healthy must be the most important aspect of the way Jones approaches the game.


What’s Next?

The Falcons spent so many draft picks on this trade that calling it a bust after the kind of numbers the Atlanta star has put up so far is incorrect.

Quarterback Matt Ryan has been great in 2012, but Sunday’s game was closer than it had to be because of the lack of elite play from Jones.

The hand injury played a serious role in the lack of production.


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