Julio Jones Injury: Updates on Falcons Star's Toe, Hamstring and Return

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones #11 before an NFL game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Brad Penner)
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A major component of the Atlanta Falcons' potent offense is on the mend, as star wide receiver Julio Jones is battling injuries to his toe and hamstring. 

Thankfully for Atlanta fans, the Falcons announced prior to kickoff he was active for Week 5.

Jones has been everything the Falcons could have hoped for when they traded five picks to Cleveland before the 2011 draft to select him. He took Roddy White's spot as Matt Ryan's favorite target, setting a new career high with 164 targets, 104 catches and 1,593 yards last season. 

That trend has continued in 2015, as Jones has 38 catches for 478 yards and four touchdowns in four games. Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus declared after the first two games that the former Alabama star is in a prime position to become the NFL's top wideout. 

Losing Jones' big-play ability, or having it hindered if he is able to play this week, would hurt the Falcons offense. 

Atlanta has gotten off to a fantastic start this season, with Jones playing a significant role, but the Falcons seem to have found a running game with Devonta Freeman to ease the burden on Ryan. Expect to see the rushing attack play a central role Sunday if Jones is limited at all. 

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