Jones (toe) seemed to be moving around pretty well during a Wednesday appearance at the Georgia State Capitol, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Recovering from March 6 surgery to address a bunion, Jones was wearing a boot but didn't need crutches to walk. He said his foot feels good, and while he'll still miss the Falcons' offseason program, the 28-year-old wideout remain on track for training camp. With no crucial offseason additions or losses, the 2017 Atlanta offense should look very similar to the 2016 iteration.
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.
Jones was slowed by a toe injury throughout the final weeks of the 2016 campaign and recently visited esteemed foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson this offseason for a checkup. It was decided he needed surgery, which was successfully performed Monday, and Jones is now slated for a 4-to-5 month timetable for recovery according to ESPN's Vaugh 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 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.
Depending on who was consulted, Jones has been dealing with a toe sprain, at least, and perhaps turf toe since early December, forcing him to miss two games. 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's ultimately decided that Jones will need surgery, his participation in organized team activities could be delayed until he's fully recovered.
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