As if losing at home to the Jets on Monday Night Football to fall to 1-4 wasn't bad enough, the news could be considerably worse for the Falcons. Wide receiver Julio Jones is likely out for the season with a foot injury, reports FOX Sports' Jay Glazer.
A team source tells CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora that the injury is a "legitimate concern."
Jones is expected to get a second opinion Wednesday.
"[The] initial determination by Falcons is that Jones' season is over," Glazer tweeted Tuesday afternoon. "They are hopeful [a] second opinion says otherwise, but [they're] not optimistic."
Jones had emerged as one of the NFL's best young talents. He had eight catches for 99 yards against the Jets, and 41 catches for 580 yards and two TDs on the season. In 2012, Jones hauled in 79 receptions for 1,198 yards and 10 TDs, and that was after a rookie season of 54 catches, 959 yards and eight TDs.
The Falcons were without their other big-play receiver, Roddy White, for much of Monday night. He was sidelined with a hamstring issue, and that was on top of the high-ankle sprain he has been battling since the preseason. If Jones' season truly is over, that leaves a depth chart woefully short on experienced wideouts.
There's Harry Douglas, but he's more comfortable in the slot. There's also Drew Davis and Kevin Cone. The former doesn't have a regular-season reception in 31 games and the latter recorded his first catch Monday night.
Put another way, quarterback Matt Ryan will be relying heavily on tight end Tony Gonzalez while praying that running back Steven Jackson and White can get healthy in a hurry. Because Ryan, behind the Falcons' banged-up offensive line with no legitimate playmakers, is going to look a lot worse than 1-4.