Julio Jones Injury: Updates on Falcons Star's Ankle

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIINovember 15, 2012

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones missed his second day of practice on Thursday.

UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 3:45 p.m. ET 

It turns out that Jones' ankles are still causing him fits. The second-year wide receiver left Sunday's game against Arizona with another ankle injury, though it is not yet known if it is his left or right, according to Jay Adams of AtlantaFalcons.com.

No, this isn’t a repurpose of last week’s post. Wide receiver Julio Jones is questionable to return to Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with an ankle injury.

No word yet on if it’s the same ankle that kept him out of practice all week, but we’ll have an update when available.

Jones fought through an ankle injury all week just to start this game, but his body keeps letting him down during game action. 



UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 11:30 a.m. ET

Not even a bum ankle and a lot of missed practice time can keep Jones out of this week's game against Arizona. 

According to the Falcons' Official Twitter Account, Jones is not on the list of inactives for Sunday's showdown. 

Falcons Inactives vs. AZ: LB S. Weatherspoon, QB D. Davis, WR K. Cone, S C. Mitchell, G P. Manley, OT L. Holmes, DT T. Robertson #atlari12

— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) November 18, 2012

Jones is second on the team with five touchdown catches and 703 yards. He leads the team with 16.0 yards per reception. His versatility gives the Falcons a decided advantage against an overmatched Cardinals team. 



UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 11:28 a.m. ET

Julio Jones is expected to be active today, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

. @juliojones_11 is going to active today. #Falcons

— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) November 18, 2012

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D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has more, quoting head coach Mike Smith on the status of Jones and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon:

These guys are so close and moving in the right direction that we’ll make a determination as late as we possibly can...We can do it as late as we possibly can. They are working to get back. We are hoping that they’ll continue to progress tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday morning.

Jones is second on the team with 703 yards receiving and five touchdowns in 2012. Last year's No. 6 overall pick has fought through injuries throughout his young career and was hurt during the Falcons' Week 10 NFC South showdown against the New Orleans Saints.

Jones eventually returned to the game, finishing with four catches for 75 yards after two previous weeks of five catches and 120-plus yards.

It appears that this injury will only keep Jones out for this week's game, but an ankle injury is never anything to take lightly, especially in the case of such an explosive skill player like Jones. A hungry Arizona Cardinals team is on tap in the Georgia Dome, and they sport the second-best pass defense in the NFL.

It will be a struggle for QB Matt Ryan to continue his outstanding season with such a tough matchup if Jones cannot play. Although this one may look like a blowout on paper, Jones' absence could change the entire complexion of the game and possibly result in Atlanta's second straight loss.

Then again, Ryan is 25-4 at home as a starter (h/t ESPN Stats & Info).

Check back before kickoff at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday to get the latest updates on Jones' condition.