Jones, who underwent minor foot surgery Monday, is expected to be at full strength by the start of training camp, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the surgery that Jones underwent Monday was described as a minor one to address a bunion that "had bothered him for years." The wideout is now slated for a 4-to-5 month timetable for recovery, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. While he'll miss the entirety of the Falcons' offseason program, Jones should be operating at full speed by the start of training camp in late July.
Jones is expected to undergo a minor foot procedure Monday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Jones' surgery won't impact his availability for training camp, as it was previously reported that the procedure -- which is to remove a bunion -- is expected to coincide with a mere four-week recovery. Given that timetable, Jones should be fine to participate in Atlanta's offseason program as well, minimizing concern over the problem. Jones missed two games last season due to his toe injury.
Jones has an appointment next week to learn whether he requires surgery to remove a bunion from his foot, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Jones didn't log a snap in Weeks 14 and 15 with what was initially termed turf toe, but head coach Dan Quinn scaled back the diagnosis, calling the wideout's ailment a toe sprain. Upon his return, Jones earned at least 58 percent of the offensive snaps during the Falcons' march to the Super Bowl, racking up 30 receptions (on 40 targets) for 490 yards and four touchdowns across five outings. After the devastating loss to the Patriots, surgery was discussed to amend the issue, now known as a bunion, which would require a recovery timetable of about four weeks. If the procedure is ordered up, expect Jones to be good to go for the offseason program.
Jones will have his toe evaluated in a month to determine if surgery is necessary, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports. Jones has been dealing with the injury since early December and was forced to miss two games because of it. Even though he was able to tough it out during the playoffs, turf toe can be a troublesome injury, especially for receivers, who are constantly planting and making cuts on their routes. If it is ultimately decided that Jones will need surgery, his participation in organized team activities could be delayed until he is fully recovered.
Jones (toe) brought in all four of his targets for 87 yards in the Falcons' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime loss to the Patriots. Jones shook off his perpetually problematic toe to haul in the modest four targets he saw from Matt Ryan and make a catch that would have likely been the talk of the game were it not for the Patriots' historic comeback. The sixth-year pro made a seemingly impossible 27-yard catch on the right sideline over the Patriots' Eric Rowe with 4:47 remaining in the fourth quarter in which he remain focused despite the latter's hands flashing into his line of sight and also manged to tap both feet in before going out of bounds. The highlight-reel reception gave Atlanta the ball at the New England 22-yard line as they clung to a 28-20 lead, but a subsequent sack of Ryan left the Falcons out of field-goal range. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Jones enjoyed an impressive 2016 campaign that included a career-high 300-yard performance against the Panthers.
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