The Atlanta Falcons officially listed Julio Jones as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jones injured his hip late in the loss to Green Bay on Monday night. Of course, Jones has been assaulting the record books in the last two weeks with historic performances. Still, Coach Smith is not going to put Jones on the field if he’s unable to perform at a high level.
According to AtlantaFalcons.com, Jones has been running on the sideline during practice. The performance staff is getting the Falcons’ most important offensive threat ready to go, and everybody is confident that Atlanta’s offense will be at full strength. The Falcons just hope there isn’t any setback between now and kickoff time.
On the season, Julio Jones has 93 receptions for 1428 yards and six touchdowns. He has a legitimate chance to break the NFL’s single season yardage record with three more monster games. In the past two weeks, Jones accumulated 448 yards and two touchdowns. If he averages 190 yards per game in the final three, he’ll reach the 2,000 yard mark.
Although stats are that important, Atlanta needs similar production from Julio Jones to finish the season strong. If he’s wreaking havoc on the defense, everything tends to run smoothly for Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ offense.
With Atlanta in a tie for first place record wise, they are not in a must win situation. As long as the Falcons win the final two games of the season, they’ll win the NFC South. However, a win over Pittsburgh could give Atlanta much needed breathing room if needed. That’s where the Falcons must be careful with Julio Jones’ playing time on Sunday.