Julio Jones Reportedly Won't Miss Time Due to Hip Injury

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2017

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 01: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a catch over Tre'Davious White #27 of the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C.  Cox/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is not expected to miss any additional playing time despite suffering a hip flexor injury in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the news, noting the Falcons' upcoming bye week will help give Jones time to recover. The Pro Bowler had three receptions for 30 yards before exiting in the second quarter.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters Jones wanted to return to the game but was held out. 

"He had trouble just exploding, and if he can't be him, that's a unique thing for him," Quinn said. "The speed, the explosiveness—so when he wasn't able to do that, that's when we had to pull him. He definitely wanted to go."

The Falcons also lost wideout Mohamed Sanu to an injury.

Jones, 28, has missed at least one game in four of his previous six seasons. He missed two games in 2016 but still finished with 83 receptions for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns. 

If Jones' prognosis winds up being worse than the team thought, Sanu (if healthy) and Taylor Gabriel should see additional targets. 

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