We mentioned in this space yesterday that Julio Jones was seen leaving the Falcons’ X-ray room following Monday night’s loss to the Jets. None of us would have guessed that Jones suffered a season-ending right foot injury, but that’s exactly what FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Tuesday.
Per Glazer, the “initial determination” is that Jones is done for the year. Jones will receive a second opinion Wednesday, but the team is not optimistic. The “fear” is that Jones has a fractured foot, while a source tells the National Football Post’s Jason Cole that Jones “broke the screw that was put in his foot in his 2011 surgery.” Jones underwent an operation on his foot in the pre-draft process in 2011. If the news is true that Jones broke the screw, it would be a major concern. It would complicate the next surgery and then become a long-term concern. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Jones has been playing through the issue, but we highly doubt that’s been going on for long.
Jones is fully expected to miss the remainder of 2013. We should know more details Wednesday. Atlanta’s season couldn’t be going much worse. They’ve lost numerous players to injury. Jones is currently second in the NFL in receiving with 580 yards. The Falcons badly need Roddy White to come out of the bye week ready to go. However, there was a Tuesday report that White, who suffered a hamstring injury Monday night, may be sidelined until Week 8. Harry Douglas will take over as the No. 2, while Drew Davis and Kevin Cone are currently penciled in as the Nos. 3 and 4 receivers. Fantasy owners can scoop Douglas up, but he hasn’t shown much of anything since Week 1. Look for Tony Gonzalez to benefit the most stats-wise from Jones’ absence, though teams will undoubtedly pay a whole lot of attention to the ageless tight end. Atlanta’s season is essentially over.
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News Nugget #2
David Wilson suffered a neck injury in last Sunday’s win over the Eagles in the second quarter when he was knocked back into his own end zone. He said he exited the game as a precaution. That doesn’t appear to be the case, however. Wilson needs a second opinion on his neck and has already been ruled out for Thursday night’s game against the Bears.
Wilson was a bystander at Tuesday’s practice after missing Monday’s session, as well. Da’Rel Scott, Brandon Jacobs, and possibly even Michael Cox will carry the load in Chicago. It has the makings of one of the worst backfields we’ll see all season. Jacobs looks completely done, while both Scott and Cox are practice squad-level talents. Eli Manning will likely attempt at least 45-50 passes, depending on how long the Giants can even possess the football.
Wilson should be considered more week-to-week than day-to-day at this point. Obviously, he still needs to be owned in all formats. Wilson plays in the division with the worst defenses in the league, so he’s going to have some good matchups once healthy. Jacobs and Scott aren’t even on the flex radar this week. Leave them on the waiver wire.
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News Nugget #3
A source informed Profootballtalk on Tuesday that Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) is expected to play in Week 6 against the Saints. We’ve gone through this dance the past couple weeks, but this one actually feels for real. Trusty insider Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported in Week 4 that Gronkowski had been eyeing a Week 6 return all along.
Gronkowski has been practicing with his teammates ever since the season started. However, he’s been hesitant to return because he wants to make sure the forearm is 100 percent healed so that he can be full-go as the Patriots push toward the playoffs. Dr. James Andrews will make the final call for Gronkowski, but he’s fully expected to give Gronkowski the go-ahead. The Saints and Patriots kick off at 4:25 PM ET on Sunday, but it’s safe to pencil Gronkowski into lineups as a TE1 at this time. We should know much more by Saturday afternoon, but we are dealing with the Patriots here.
Quarterback/Running Back Slants
Mark Sanchez underwent season-ending right shoulder surgery Tuesday. He’s likely played his last down as a Jet. … Chad Henne will start for the Jaguars this week against the Broncos. Good luck. … The Packers reportedly aren’t interested in a reunion with Matt Flynn. … The Bills signed quarterback Dennis Dixon to the practice squad. He’ll serve as the No. 3 until E.J. Manuel (knee) is ready to return. … Free agent quarterback Trent Edwards worked out for the Raiders on Tuesday. … Michael Vick (hamstring) participated in individual drills Tuesday. He may not miss much more than Week 6. … Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Bradshaw had been pondering surgery or rehab. He’s choosing surgery. … Rashad Jennings’ hamstring issue isn’t expected to be a “big issue,” according to coach Dennis Allen. … Andre Brown (broken leg) has resumed running. He’s eligible to return in Week 10. … Alfred Morris (ribs) is practicing in full.
Wide Receiver/Tight End Slants
National Football Post’s Jason Cole reports Roddy White (hamstring, ankle) is 50-50 to play in Week 7 following Atlanta’s Week 6 bye. … The Falcons are reportedly not considering a trade for Josh Gordon in the wake of Julio Jones’ likely season-ending foot injury. … Alshon Jeffery (ankle) has been limited in practice this week. The Panthers gave up on Armanti Edwards Tuesday. The former third-round pick was waived. … Martellus Bennett (knee) returned to a limited practice Tuesday. … Tony Gonzalez does not want to be traded, despite the Falcons’ 1-4 record. The Falcons also reportedly have no desire to trade Gonzalez. … Brandon Myers (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday. … Owen Daniels has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fibula fracture and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Garrett Graham will fill in as the Texans’ No. 1 tight end in his absence. … Greg Olsen was sporting a walking boot and trotting with a noticeable limp following Sunday’s loss. … Jordan Reed (quad) said he will play this week. Fred Davis (ankle) is practicing in full.